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    Default Polishing Sterling Silver Pendant?

    Hello, I am very new to jewellery making so please excuse the silly questions!

    I have been cutting nameplate necklaces from sterling silver but I'm not completely sure on the best way to finish my pieces off.

    After I cut out my nameplate I'm left with a sort of flat looking pendant with squared edges. I want them to have sort of curved/soft edges after the polishing stage. I bought the Mini Variable Speed Polishing Motor from Cooksongold, I've also bought a handheld Dremel tool but I'm just not exactly sure on the type of mop wheels I should be using with my polishing motor. There are so many types and I don't know how rough it needs to be to get the curved soft edges like I explained. Again, my pendants are made from sterling silver.


    Sorry if this is a really obvious question its just from reading up online there are so many different options and I thought it might be best to ask on here.

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    I would file off the edges and then finish off with wet and dry paper before polishing. It will take a lot of polishing to get rounded edges although it is possible on a hard felt mop and is usually done in error when you’re trying to keep a sharp edge. You don’t say how thick your sheet is but the process I’ve mentioned would work best on thicker metal and then the polisher will soften everything further with a wool mop

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    This will tell you all you need to know

    Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths
    by Stephen Goldsmith
    A lifetime of polishing from a master of the craft
    www.Pearlescence.co.uk
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