I have quite a collection of handmade PMC beads I need to finish. They are fired, tumbled, and many of them oxidized. I like a highly polished finish on some of my beads, and I know I can achieve that with a buffing wheel. The fine silver PMC polishes up beautifully on a muslin wheel with a little bit of polishing compound, but I put it off for as long as I can. It’s a dirty noisy process requiring a mask and eye protection, and those beads get hot really fast. I thought I would get it over with this morning, but I went to my studio and found plenty of little pieces to hand finish with polishing paper so I wouldn’t have to use the buffer until after lunch.
Once I got everything on and got my iPod going to listen to some “Fresh Air” podcasts, I was into the Zen of polishing beads on the buffing wheel. It’s never as annoying as I imagine it will be while I am procrastinating, and the results are worth it to me. What can I say? I like my silver shiny.
Above, a reminder not to wear a bright color when trying to photograph highly reflective surfaces.
Someone who finds hand polished beads more tasteful than buffer polished beads.
3 responses to “Finishing this and that”
Wow, those are pretty! Can’t wait to see how you string them together.
Thanks Nancy. I’m looking forward to using them soon!
Hahahahaha! Loved the gator, and I like my polish high too!