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|POLISHING STICKS AND POLISHING BY HAND|
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|Polishing a material by hand is sometimes the only option, if a polishing / buffing machine is not available. Sometimes it is a better option, as it gives the jeweller more control, in terms of the force applied and the direction of movement.
Suede / leather fabric is glued to a piece of wood (see below) with contact adhesive, forming a polishing stick. Jewellers tend to have a range of different shapes and sizes, to suit the jewellery they are making.
|Liquid polish is applied directly to the metal being cleaned, or to the suede / leather. The polishing stick is moved back and forth, over the metal, slowly cleaning and shining the surface.|
|A range of liquid polishes are available and suitable for polishing metals. Some respected polishes are shown below.|
|This image shows how a polishing stick can be used, to polish a small piece of jewellery / material. The jeweller’s vice has rubber jaws, which hold the metal securely and prevents scratches and dents occurring.|
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