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« on: February 03, 2006 07:10:29 PM »

I saw a Crafters Coast to Coast the other day, about a girl who made resin necklaces with pieces of broken bottles in the reisn. When the resing had been popped out of the molds, she sanded them, then wet sanded them, and then did some CRAZY polishing. I was wondering how polishing should be done, and what is wet sanding?
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2006 07:20:14 PM »

Well I use wet/dry sandpaper for silversmithing. It's a special kind of sand paper....actually it's on a woven material. that you can put in water or wet and it won't disolve like normal sandpaper. The water acts like a lubricant so you smooth an item rather than scratching chunks out of it.as for finer buffing the only thing I can think of without actually testing would be some paste wax and a buffing wheel. they sell mini buffing wheel for dremel tools.
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2007 10:32:14 AM »

where would you buy "paste wax"

i have a dremel, which i use on my domino/resin jewelry, i've been wanting to experiment with polishing.
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2007 04:23:32 PM »

I would guess that the crazy polishing is buffing with a buffing compound. Dremel sells a buffing compound, but I think only one kind - I haven't tried it - but it's too expensive for the amount you get. Buffing compound comes in different coarsenesses, the same way that sandpaper comes in different grits. I just googled buffing compound and came up with this site - it has pictures of different types, though of course, you need jewelers, the finest type. You can buy a sampler pack with different types for $5 or so.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2007 05:17:42 PM »

For metal, red rouge or ZAM compound tend to be my favourites, and they may work on resin. they tend to be a bit on the messy side, though.

Also, polishing compound doesn't necessarily require a dremel to use. leather glued to a paint stick (rough side up) and covered with compound works just as well, though it requires a bit more work.
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2008 11:10:02 PM »

i tried some wet sanding technique, i saw in a book about resin. the wet part didn't change my out come, i used the finest grit from the auto parts store and it still came out scratchy and cloudy:< will i ever master my resin?
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2008 01:20:06 PM »

This could just be that I totally screwed up the resin I was using, but when I tried to polish it with the buffer on my dremel the resin melted D:
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2008 12:51:29 PM »

I had read in a resin book, and I use Carnauba Cleaner Wax.

Just like waxing a car.  You put the paste on, let it dry, take a clean cotton cloth (baby diaper or the like) and shine.

Remember to clean up any rough edges with a fine sander (I use the dremel for this) BEFORE SHINING.  Be careful though - anywhere you slip and sand will lose it's luster.

Hope this helps.  I am a resin newbie - that's why I still read the books  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2008 03:58:11 PM »

This could just be that I totally screwed up the resin I was using, but when I tried to polish it with the buffer on my dremel the resin melted D:

yeah, same here...i ordered the finishing spray for resin, gopefully this will fix my flaws...
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2008 03:59:22 PM »

I had read in a resin book, and I use Carnauba Cleaner Wax.

Just like waxing a car.  You put the paste on, let it dry, take a clean cotton cloth (baby diaper or the like) and shine.

Remember to clean up any rough edges with a fine sander (I use the dremel for this) BEFORE SHINING.  Be careful though - anywhere you slip and sand will lose it's luster.

Hope this helps.  I am a resin newbie - that's why I still read the books  Grin

what book?  interesting about the car wax...may be worth a shot!
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