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    Default Giving silver a dull brushed effect

    What is the most effective way of doing this?
    I've tried with a wire brush but the result looks scratchy and messy.

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    you could try a scotchbrite pad

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    Be very careful with the glass fibre brush the fibre gets in your fingers and then don't put them anywhere near your eyes
    I use these which are really for pmc but I use them quite a lot now for finishes
    http://www.cooksongold.com/category_...omSuggest=true

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    There are lots of ways to do this, and some already listed above. Each gives its own particular finish.
    The brass brush only works well if used wet and vigorously, with the addition of some some liquid soap. Then there are:

    White and yellow radial brushes (radial Disks), use on a flex shaft or similar.
    Abrasive blocks and sponges from a DIY store.
    Pumice powder, or kitchen scouring powder on a wet tooth brush.
    Steel wool.
    Pre-polishing compound on a rotary brush or mop. Etc etc etc.

    The real problem is that with most of these, you can only get an even effect on a smooth un-cluttered surface. If the surface is complex, then you really need a tumbler with abrasive chips plus or minus an abrasive medium. Sutton Tools have some of these (chips and medium I mean) and might be able to advise.

    If you were committed to this in the long term, you might go in for a blasting cabinet, but it needs an additional compressor: http://www.polishingjewellery.co.uk/...Sandblast.html

    Dennis.
    Last edited by Dennis; 27-07-2015 at 10:05 PM.

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    I use the scotchbrite pendant wheels Tabby has linked to. I love them

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlining View Post
    I use the scotchbrite pendant wheels Tabby has linked to. I love them
    You can get them considerably cheaper here.
    Among other things these people stock the full range of Menzerna polishes and do a very wide range of mops. I have ordered from them several times and delivery was free and very quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurarius View Post
    You can get them considerably cheaper here.
    Among other things these people stock the full range of Menzerna polishes and do a very wide range of mops. I have ordered from them several times and delivery was free and very quick.
    Excellent. Thanks for that!

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    Great!
    Thanks for all your suggestions. I have some steel wool and some yellow radials so will try these first. I'm quite new to texturing my pieces as up until now I've been focusing on as bright and polished as possible!

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