> > > I make jewelry using a stained glass technique and have to polish each
> > > piece individually by hand - I use Simichrome Polish - but it's so time
> > > consuming. Anyone know of a better, more time-effective method of getting
> > > my silver/tin ("SilverGleem") solder to look shiny?
> > the only thing i can think of is to line them up in a row, and rub it
> > that way. or put the polish on, and rub it in the towel (as if you were
> > drying an orange). it just takes time, maybe you can hire a niece or
> > nephew to do it.
> > ---Mike Savad
> I am not completely familier with the stained glass technique; however,
> I am familier with soldering and cleaning/polishing. I would like to
> suggest the following. It might work with stained glass too.
> 1) In electronics assemblies, it is common to clean the soldered board
> assembly with a solvent (like Iso-propyl Alchohol) to remove the flux
> 2) Using the polish (Simichrome) with a buffing wheel on a Dremmel tool
> should allow one to quickly finish small pieces. With a handheld tool,
> one can apply just the right pressure on the wheel to control the finish
> and also work on contoured surfaces etc.
> On a similar note, I have seen some road side shops in India offering to
> polish wrist watch face glass (crystal?). They use bigger (6 inch or so)
> buffing wheels and jewler's rouge to polish these glass faces to remove
when polishing little jewelry things, dremeling the solder would
probably take longer then doing it by hand. the buffing method works ok
on a bezel. but it would probably melt the solder, and of course if the
glass get's caught under the wheel, it's cut city.
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