There are quite a few techniques to add texture to your jewelry – burrs, files and waxes are illustrations of methods that include deep and pronounced texture to when basic surfaces.
Right here we are heading to display you a handful of rapid and simple strategies to incorporate texture making use of a assortment of polishing tools, which includes our favourite the Garryflex.
To clearly show examples of a number of different textures we have slice out triangles to make into mix and match studs.
Mark out the size of your triangles onto the metal making use of a scribe. Minimize out employing your piercing noticed, sawing on the outdoors of the line to go away space for filing or sanding later. Also, try to remember to retain that blade lubricated! We recommend having a block of wax screwed to your bench, effortless to hand, to ensure your blade stays lubricated.
You need to give on your own a very good clean up tidy base to perform with, texture will not disguise any marks or scratches and can emphasize them even far more. If you slice corners you will have to go back again and take care of it later, so it’s superior to get it appropriate at this phase to keep away from going back and commencing all more than again!
Perform by means of the emery papers, from 150 grit to 1,200 grit. At every phase ensure all your scratches have gone from the previous grit right before shifting on to the up coming. If you have items that are the very same size, sandwich everything together with a little sum of superglue and sand the edges all at the moment to save time
Now it is time to texture. Right here are just a handful of of the a lot of different textures you can create…
Garryflex – coarse
Garryflex is successful, nonetheless rapid and easy to use. Merely incorporate texture working with any movement you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. We have utilized a light strain with a flicking motion in random directions to achieve a uncooked edgy scratched glimpse.
Frosting wheel – Yellow
Knife edge rubber wheel – Black
To start with, keep in mind to shield by yourself as these frosting wheels can be perilous. Dress in security goggles and protect your fingers. Keep compact items in pliers to allow for a very good grip and hold your fingers out of harms reach (You can also hold your piece in a ring clamp). Texture the whole area with the frosting wheel employing gradual backwards and forwards movements. Next, I have added some stripes making use of the coarse black knife edge rubber wheel. Test and retain this straight and repeat a couple of times until eventually you get the demanded depth to build a stunning distinction in between the stripes and the shimmery texture.
Nylon Abrasive wheel
Nylon Abrasive wheels offers a charming matt finish. To give the piece curiosity use liner movements overlapping in a crisscross sample.
White more coarse knife edge rubber wheel
Making use of the edge of the wheel develop small lined divots that go in random instructions and overlap, so the entire area is crammed but not much too deeply, just plenty of to see the sample. This generates a genuinely appealing outcome with extra depth.
Matt finishing abrasive wheel
Simply transfer the wheel in only 1 course to produce a wonderful linear and subtle satin end.
Frosting wheel – Inexperienced
Covering the entire place, use straight even actions and repeat the approach to emphasise the depth additional. This is the coarsest of the frosting wheels and offers a actually shimmery finish
Soldering the posts
Assure the backs of the triangles are clean up, totally free from dirt and finger prints by giving a brief rub with 1,200 grit emery paper to enable the solder to circulation simply. Line up your triangles on your soldering block and include a small total of flux to the space wherever the write-up will be positioned. You can evaluate and mark the issue with a scribe or by eye.
Warmth the solder pallions and scoop them on to the posts and then provide the post over to the piece, warmth the piece and solder on the write-up. (You can also sweat solder the solder to the earring very first and then incorporate the submit if you prefer). Quench in h2o and put in the pickle.
The moment out of the pickle the backs might need to have a little bit of a thoroughly clean-up. We recommend pink scotchbrite radial discs, which will clear up nicely without having detrimental the clear-up you did prior to pickling. If the fronts want a bit of awareness, best up some textures or lightly polish any locations you would like to “pop” with a comfortable wool mop and rouge
And there you have some very little textured studs to mix and match. There is so numerous textures you can make employing distinct equipment, so have a play around and see what you build. Often keep in mind to remain secure by carrying the suitable PPE – delight in!
Zoe Jane Jewellery
Loving to experiment and delve into a range of processes, I mix the two modern day and standard procedures. These involve dropped wax casting, stone in area casting, delft clay casting and the historical artwork of granulation.
Every single specific piece is personally handmade by me in my studio on the magnificent Essex/Suffolk border, together with my 7 cat helpers.