Hi All! I have been lurking here for a few months, and spend much
time trying to read and absorb just a tiny fraction of what gets
posted here. I have “clipped and pasted” loads of stuff, just because
I see so much that will certainly be useful, that I certainly won’t
recall! What an amazing resource all you people are!
I am a rank amateur at this, just making small silver things for my
wife and kids, mostly. Learning slowly. still doing things the hard
way, trying to gain some decent level of skill, though I have no
aspirations of doing this for a living. I read a lot of books, get
all I can find on the web, and look forward to taking in a class or
workshop sometime in the not too distant future.
As to what got me started making jewelry, I guess I am a bit of a
tool and gadget freak, which I think is a big part of what draws me
to this. I also like the idea of making things that will be
(presumably) kept, used and treasured by those I give them to. The
small scale of the work fascinates me, and the attention to detail
and patience required run slightly counter to my personality, so I
consider it great therapy in slowing down my life.
Anyhow, with all of this talk of making a “magnetic pin finisher”,
what is the advantage of such a device over, say, a rotary or
vibratory tumbler or one of those vibratory units with the steel
shot? Are these just different ways to achieve the same type of
finish, or is one better than the other? I think I get the idea of
how each works, but could someone explain the relative differences in
the results? Will these give a better (or different) finish than
polishing on a buffer, or are they just faster/easier when processing
things in quantity?
I have a rotary tumbler, though I never used it for jewelry, and
could easily build either a vibratory or magnetic unit, largely with
junk I have hanging around. Would there be any point for someone
doing small amounts of work?
Anyhow, thanks for all you offer on this list, I am sure I am not
the only hobbyist/beginner/amateur here who is awed by the caliber
of the professionals here and their willingness to share what they