Barreller build up help!
First of all, hello everyone my name is Ali and I have just joined.
My problem is this: I have had barreller which I use alongside steel shot and burnishing soap. However whatever I put in there comes out with a white build up in any hard to reach places and is extremely hard to remove. I have tried soaking it in hot soapy water and cleaning with a tooth brush and going over with the green radial discs but niether works.
Does anyone know how to get rid of and prevent this from happening?
Any advice would be most gratefully recieved as I have a ring waiting for a customer and I am stumped!
Hi Ali - any chance of a photo to go with it? My initial thought would be it's fine silver (possibly depletion gilded) that isn't being reached by the shot (nooks and crannies sometimes respond better to needle shot if you aren't already using them; if you put the end of a toothpick in the chuck of a flexshaft, you can use that with a small amount of polish to get into awkward areas.
Thank you for your quick response.
No I haven't got any of the needle shot, is that the stuff which looks a bit like flying saucers?!
I will certainly try the toothpick, great tip.
Enclosed is a photo as requested (I hope it is anyway if I have done it correctly!)
Many thanks for all your help,
Last edited by Lunar Jewels; 12-01-2012 at 01:53 PM.
Er... Would you believe it looks like short needles?
Looking at the photo, if what's causing the dismay is in the internal corners in the top right of the photo, then I'd still reckon it's the white you get from freshly pickled silver. Are you familiar with thrumming as a polishing technique?
Oh right silly me
I'm afraid not however am very keen to learn!
It involves stretching a suitable thread from your benchpeg, coating it with polish, then running the jewellery up & down the tensioned thread. Cooksons sell the threads, but James can probably give better tips on actually doing it - it's not one I use all that often. Invaluable for polishing the insides of pierced work though!