How to Use a Burnishing Tool to Polish
Today I want to talk about a simple polishing and finishing technique that has been around for a long time, longer than polishing machines, electricity, and even the internet…… yes, even the internet. It is called BURNISHING.
First, let me direct you to a Blog Post I did over a year ago on how to make a burnishing tool out of an old bur. This post will show you how to make, finish, and polish your own burnishers out of worn out burs. I always say, NEVER throw out your used burs, you can always use them for other projects and tools. I have many, MANY, shapes and sizes of burnishers. Here is a link to the Blog Post.
The process of burnishing is to take a smooth, polished tool, that is harder than the piece of jewelry that you want to polish, and rub with pressure. No Foredom or spinning motorized tool needed. This action will smooth out the piece that is softer than the steel or stone burnisher that you are using. (For instance gold or silver)
There are many types of burnishers to purchase:
Tungsten Carbide Burnishers are made out of a very hard steel that will keep it’s polish for a long time.
Another Tool you can use as a burnisher is a Steel Scribe.
A cool tool to use in your burnishing is an Agate Burnisher, a burnisher made out of stone.
I also use a scribe, shaved down and sharpened, to scrape and trim areas that are hard to get into.
I then burnish the hard to get into areas with the sharp end of a rounded point of a burnisher.
Again, the burnishing process it to rub an area with a polished object over and over to smooth and polish an area. The tool can be polished with Yellow Rouge on a piece of paper.
This is a great way to detail your jewelry, it is actually meditative and soothing for me. You can watch the polishing process happening slowly and have great control over your finishing work.
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