Resin jewellery has become very popular as creators can create truly original pieces. The processes for making resin jewellery are quite easy using moulds and simple to use resins. This article will look at finishing resin jewellery with polishing and resin buffing methods to create professional-quality jewellery pieces.
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Once you have de-moulded your jewellery piece and it has cured fully you can refine the jewellery pieces appearance by drilling, sanding, polishing or buffing. Be sure to wear a mask when applying any of these techniques as they will create fine resin dust that you wouldn't want to inhale.
Hand Sanding and Polishing or Buffing
To start with you may need to use a coarse grade of sandpaper to take off the obvious bumps and imperfections. A grade of 100 to 180 grit is the most suitable for this task. A wooden block for sanding can help to sand only the high points and get a smooth finish.
Next, we can move to wet and dry sandpaper for finer sanding with grits starting at 320 and moving through to 400. You can sand the item under running water if you wish to reduce the dust. You can move to even finer grits of 600 through to 1500 to achieve glass-like surfaces.
A final polish is needed to bring the surface up to a high gloss. We usually use a polishing compound for buffing resins and a cloth.
Note: This method only applies to polyurethane and polyester resins. With epoxy resins, resin buffing is not recommended. Instead, we suggest you re-coat the sanded surface with resin to create a high shine. Special coating resins are designed for this task.