Jewlery Making Q&A: Polishing in Tight Spots

q-tip tip

Q: How do I polish in those hard to reach, small spaces?

A: Ever find yourself in a “tight spot”, where you can’t get a file or silicon wheel into a small area for polishing? This little tip helps a lot.

Use a Q-Tip or toothpick instead. Charge your toothpick with the rouge or tripoli polishing compound, then insert it in your flex shaft or Dremel. Use it just as you would a polishing wheel or cylinder.

If it breaks off, just grab another one, they’re cheap! This will get you into a lot of tiny places, and it’s great for rings. This also works great for cleaning the inside of a bail. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT POLISH CHAINS THIS WAY! The chain can catch and whip around your finger or the flex shaft/Dremel.

And, of course, ALWAYS have on safety glasses when using any power tools. Remove any residue from the compound with a mixture of water, Dawn Detergent and a bit of household ammonia.

Lexi Erickson, President of Wubbers University, is an internationally-known artist and teacher based in Denver, CO.

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Posted in Jewelry Making Q&A
5 comments on “Jewlery Making Q&A: Polishing in Tight Spots
  1. Sheila says:

    Great idea! Thank you!
    Cheers

  2. Mary Davis says:

    I can’t wait to try this. I’ve been trying to find a way to get into those tiny spots.

  3. Helen says:

    Thank you for the infomation and the warning!

  4. Alan says:

    Awesome idea!

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