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    My apologies to Bob for not listening to his advice - after all I was the one asking for it!

    I've had a go at micromeshing and also bench polishing and am really pleased with the results, despite realising I've been using swanstrom mops for both polishing stages. .

    The front of my hammered domed earrings are super shiny, but how do others polish the back of them, where the pin is soldered on??

    I'm off to order a bristle brush now...
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    I just do a matt finish in the back using the sponge sanding pads from Cookson that are supposed to be for clay. They are what I use for a matt finish generally

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ57 View Post
    I just do a matt finish in the back using the sponge sanding pads from Cookson that are supposed to be for clay. They are what I use for a matt finish generally
    Are they these ones Caroline, https://www.cooksongold.com/Precious...rcode-999-SS01 ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petal View Post
    That’s them. There are 3 grades when I’d prefer the finest but they wear down. I use them for front surfaces matt finish because the sponge gets in quite well and I find it a flatter matt than brass and not as scratchy as scotchbrite which I’ve found if you aren’t watching can make a mess of your work and remove definition.
    You could brass brush the backs as long as the scratches are removed I find a matt finish acceptable. Just remember to do it before any hallmarking too

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    Do you use it wet or dry Caroline?

    I've got some other things to order, so will add these to it.

    I assume this is the bristle brush you were recommending?

    https://www.cooksongold.com/Jeweller...ush&channel=uk

    I've always wanted to do a fine matt finish, so thanks for the matt polish tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petal View Post
    Do you use it wet or dry Caroline?

    I've got some other things to order, so will add these to it.

    I assume this is the bristle brush you were recommending?

    https://www.cooksongold.com/Jeweller...ush&channel=uk

    I've always wanted to do a fine matt finish, so thanks for the matt polish tip.

    I use these ones https://www.cooksongold.com/Jeweller...ush&channel=uk
    But I think James uses the ones you linked to or similar. I’d probably be better getting either a wooden or plastic centre one as sometimes they spin off if I haven’t tightened them enough. I prefer the shorter bristle though

    I use the pads dry. I never seems to get the scotchbrite mop finish even and they burn your fingers and can be a bit brutal so I like having the hand control of the pads

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    why the shorter bristle Caroline, are there any benefits to this, as opposed to the longer bristles?
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    My preference, not so much movement in the bristle when its in contact with the metal so I feel it works better
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    I'll go for the shorter bristle one then. Many thanks xxx
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