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How to Make an End Sanding Bur

Y’all know I like to make and modify tools whenever possible, so here is a quick one for you.Have you ever been working on a piece of jewelry, and needed a tool that just wasn’t in your tool arsenal? This is the story of just about every tool I have made or modified. Allow me to share a tool that I make that is worth its weight in candy bars, or something good like that.

If you have ever used an End Brush, or used one up, do not throw them away when you are done with them. These can be modified into great end sanding tools. First, I mount the used up end brush into my Foredom and turn it slowly while I saw into it with a Saw Frame. I use a 3/0 Saw Blade to do this. I cut almost all the way through, then I just snap it off with my fingers. Now I have a flat ended mandrel.

Tool Making End Sander (1) Tool Making End Sander (2)

Tool Making End Sander (3) Tool Making End Sander (4)

After I cut the end off, I take a small ball bur and add a little “texture” to the end of the mandrel. I used a 0.8mm Ball Bur in this instance. I cut a small piece of Sandpaper, a little larger than the end of the mandrel. I add a drop of Super Glue to the mandrel and apply the sandpaper to the mandrel, grit facing out. The texture that was added is to hold onto the glue better.

Tool Making End Sander (5) Tool Making End Sander (6)

After the sandpaper is glued to the mandrel, and the glue has dried, I trim the excess off with a pair of Semi-Flush Side Cutters, then file the edge flush. I use an old #4 Flat Hand File to do this.

Tool Making End Sander (7)

I have a number of these end sanders around with different grits of sandpaper, from 320 to 600. They get inside of areas and sand flat areas, they work quick, and it the sandpaper loses it’s cut, just take the old paper off (I use a Surgical Blade) and add another piece of sandpaper.

Tool Making End Sander (8) Tool Making End Sander (9)

Again, this is a great tool to have around and definitely worth its weight in candy.

Now, enjoy this little gem and go out and see if you can make a kid smile today!

Doug

Polishing Tips Today…. Blast from the Past

Polishing Tips Today

It has been a while since I started JewelryMonk.com, and when I started it a few years ago, I kicked it off with 90 tips in 90 days. There was a lot of great content in those first few months, so while I am away from my bench for a spell, I thought I would dig up some nuggets and share over the next month…..so here we go.  (BTW, if you have time, scroll back through the many posts and see if you can find some good nuggets)

Today will be a quick tip, known by most, but very important if you want a quality finish on your jewelry. You spend a lot of time with your design, layout, stone selection, etc. but if the execution of your finishing isn’t done correctly, you might be disappointed with the end result. Last week we touched on some prep work for polishing with filing, sanding, and rubber wheeling.  Today we will touch on polishing and Polishing Wheel etiquette. I usually use 2 types of polishing compound on silver,  Graystar for pre-polishing and Red Rouge for final polishing.

Graystar is a good compound to remove the fine scratches and blemishes left over from casting , tumbling, and handwork.  Use a dedicated wheel for Graystar and only use this compound on this wheel.

Wheel Gray

Work the piece against the wheel in a “crossing” pattern, first polishing in one direction, then changing the direction of the piece and polishing in another direction. Avoid polishing the piece in the same direction, or this will cause “grooving” your piece from polishing in the same direction with the wheel. When you have gotten the piece to a point where all of the blemishes are removed, it is time to put the piece in the Ultrasonic Cleaner. You want to remove all of the Graystar before final polishing, if there is any compound left on the piece, it will affect the final polish.

Next it is time to final polish your piece. Use a dedicated wheel for your Red Rouge and only use this compound on this wheel.

Wheel Red

If there is any other compound on this wheel, it will contaminate this wheel and it will not perform at its best. Again, polish in a crossing pattern to get the luster you desire. Work with firm pressure at first, then lightly to finish.  Add piece to your Ultrasonic Cleaner to remove compound off piece and use a Steam Cleaning Machine to finish cleaning.

Again, I cannot express it enough, have a dedicated wheel for your pre-polish (Graystar) and your final polishing wheel (Red Rouge).

At a later date, I will dive into a more “Detailed” process of felt buffs, lapping wheels, brushes, etc.

Enjoy your day!

Now, go make something shiny.

Doug

Stalled Projects and Afraid-to-Start Projects

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1- Video on Tumbling, Grinding, Pre-polishing Video

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1-Video on Final Polishing and Cleaning Video


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JewelryMonk Design Contest Final Update

1st JewelryMonk Design Contest is in the books!


I am finishing up on all the videos, and will make them available soon. There are 19 Main Videos, 19 Bonus Videos, and tons of other content, WHAT A PROJECT!  I had a ton of fun, and look forward to the next contest, Which will be a project all on metal fabrication and soldering. But first, I need a break…. Stay Tuned

NOW….. Go make something shiny!

Doug