There are several approaches to include texture to your jewelry – burrs, documents and waxes are examples of techniques that incorporate deep and pronounced texture to when simple surfaces.

In this article we are likely to display you a handful of rapid and easy methods to insert texture working with a selection of polishing instruments, like our favourite the Garryflex.

Step 1:

To demonstrate illustrations of a few diverse textures we have slash out triangles to make into blend and match studs.

Mark out the measurement of your triangles on to the metallic utilizing a scribe. Cut out working with your piercing noticed, sawing on the outside the house of the line to leave area for filing or sanding afterwards. Also, try to remember to keep that blade lubricated! We endorse acquiring a block of wax screwed to your bench, quick to hand, to assure your blade stays lubricated.


You have to have to give oneself a very good clean tidy foundation to operate with, texture will not conceal any marks or scratches and can highlight them even extra. If you cut corners you will have to go back again and take care of it later, so it’s much better to get it appropriate at this phase to steer clear of likely back again and starting all more than once more!

Operate as a result of the emery papers, from 150 grit to 1,200 grit. At each phase assure all your scratches have absent from the preceding grit in advance of going on to the future. If you have items that are the similar measurement, sandwich every thing with each other with a modest sum of superglue and sand the edges all at as soon as to help save time

5 metal triangles stacked on top of each other

Phase 2:

Now it’s time to texture. Right here are just a few of the a lot of distinctive textures you can create…

No 1
Garryflex – coarse

Garryflex is effective, however brief and straightforward to use. Just include texture employing any movement you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. We have made use of a mild strain with a flicking motion in random instructions to achieve a raw edgy scratched search.

Garryflex next to a piece of scratched silver triangle

No 2
Frosting wheel – Yellow

Knife edge rubber wheel – Black

First of all, keep in mind to protect you as these frosting wheels can be risky. Dress in security goggles and shield your fingers. Keep smaller pieces in pliers to allow for a excellent grip and preserve your fingers out of harms attain (You can also hold your piece in a ring clamp). Texture the full floor with the frosting wheel employing sluggish backwards and forwards actions. Upcoming, I have included some stripes utilizing the coarse black knife edge rubber wheel. Try and preserve this straight and repeat a few of instances right until you get the required depth to produce a spectacular distinction involving the stripes and the shimmery texture.

knife edge rubber wheel being used on a clamped piece of silver

No 3
Nylon Abrasive wheel

Nylon Abrasive wheels presents a beautiful matt finish. To give the piece interest use liner movements overlapping in a crisscross sample.

nylon abrasive wheel next to a matt finish silver triangle

No 4
White extra coarse knife edge rubber wheel

Employing the edge of the wheel create little lined divots that go in random directions and overlap, so the whole floor is stuffed but not too deeply, just plenty of to see the sample. This produces a seriously attention-grabbing result with added depth.

shows the edge of the white xtra course knife edge rubber wheel being used in random line movements

No 5
Matt finishing abrasive wheel

Merely move the wheel in only just one route to generate a pretty linear and refined satin end.

shows a matt finishing abrasive wheel next to a matt silver triangle

No 6
Frosting wheel – Eco-friendly
Covering the overall place, use straight even movements and repeat the course of action to emphasise the depth even more. This is the coarsest of the frosting wheels and presents a seriously shimmery end

polishing tools in a row

Move 3:

Soldering the posts
Make certain the backs of the triangles are clean, free from dust and finger prints by supplying a quick rub with 1,200 grit emery paper to permit the solder to circulation simply. Line up your triangles on your soldering block and add a little total of flux to the space where by the post will be put. You can measure and mark the position with a scribe or by eye.

Warmth the solder pallions and scoop them onto the posts and then deliver the submit in excess of to the piece, heat the piece and solder on the write-up. (You can also sweat solder the solder to the earring initially and then insert the submit if you want). Quench in h2o and location in the pickle.

Step 4:

Remaining polish
When out of the pickle the backs may possibly require a bit of a clean-up. We suggest pink scotchbrite radial discs, which will clean up up nicely without having damaging the clean up-up you did prior to pickling. If the fronts will need a little bit of notice, prime up some textures or flippantly polish any spots you would like to “pop” with a smooth wool mop and rouge

soft wool mop being used on a stud earring

And there you have some tiny textured studs to combine and match. There is so many textures you can make making use of distinct equipment, so have a engage in all around and see what you create. Often try to remember to remain risk-free by putting on the suitable PPE – delight in!

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Author: Zoe Jane Jewellery
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Zoe Jane Jewelry

Loving to experiment and delve into a wide variety of procedures, I blend both of those present day and classic procedures. These include things like lost wax casting, stone in position casting, delft clay casting and the ancient artwork of granulation.&#13
Each and every person piece is individually handmade by me in my studio on the attractive Essex/Suffolk border, along with my 7 cat helpers.