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Winged Tear (Ring) [message #54196] Tue, 18 September 2012 02:54 UTC Go to next message
avatar TurtlesAreCool  is currently offline TurtlesAreCool
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I came up with the idea for this ring about 6 months ago. It is now late for my sister's birthday, but that's ok. I think she will still like the ring, since her favorite color is purple. Also, she is inclined to like anything I make for her. Siblings are like that. Very Happy

Here is the ring before polishing and setting of the amethyst:
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Here is the ring after polishing and setting:
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Overall, I am pleased with the silver printing. Polishing does seem pretty important, though. The silver glossy didn't have the mirror shine that the final product has. I may have to look into hand polishing to save money next time. Very Happy

EDIT: I did actually order silver glossy (how could I forget?)

[Updated on: Tue, 18 September 2012 02:57 UTC]

Re: Winged Tear (Ring) [message #54216 is a reply to message #54196 ] Tue, 18 September 2012 13:00 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Very nice! I also find it more cost effective, if you want a good polish, to polish yourself.


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Re: Winged Tear (Ring) [message #54218 is a reply to message #54216 ] Tue, 18 September 2012 14:10 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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What sort of tools are necessary to do the polish yourself? I attempted lapidary at one point, and it was terribly boring and slow. I'd like to think I have a reasonable amount of patience, but I guess that doesn't extend to cabbing by hand.
Re: Winged Tear (Ring) [message #54219 is a reply to message #54196 ] Tue, 18 September 2012 14:17 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I used a dremel, with the polish wheel and polish material it came with. Then I used a cloth to get it to a real good shine. It took me a while, but I feel now I could do it in an hour or so.


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Re: Winged Tear (Ring) [message #54222 is a reply to message #54196 ] Tue, 18 September 2012 16:13 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That's a very sweet ring!


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Re: Winged Tear (Ring) [message #55039 is a reply to message #54218 ] Mon, 08 October 2012 17:52 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar lensman  is currently offline lensman
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TurtlesAreCool wrote on Tue, 18 September 2012 14:10

What sort of tools are necessary to do the polish yourself? I attempted lapidary at one point, and it was terribly boring and slow. I'd like to think I have a reasonable amount of patience, but I guess that doesn't extend to cabbing by hand.


I use a rock tumbler... with stainless steel shot, water and a drop of detergent... Brings up a wonderful shine.

Glenn


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Re: Winged Tear (Ring) [message #55046 is a reply to message #55039 ] Mon, 08 October 2012 21:29 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yeah, I hear a rock tumbler is one of the better tumblers because it polishes the entire piece evenly. Have you gotten the same results with your rock tumbler? What kind/brand do you have? You know anything about the vibratory tumblers? I know those are more expensive but as fas as quality compared to the rock tumblers....?

For polishing, right now im using a dremel tool, with some polishing wheels and when the red rouge polishing compound ran out I purchased a bar of DIALUX NOIR - BLACK LABEL for my final polish. Its a black rouge and very pleased with the results.


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Re: Winged Tear (Ring) [message #55057 is a reply to message #54196 ] Tue, 09 October 2012 01:29 UTC Go to previous message
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Oh, yes, the rock tumbler does a fantastic job. I got a used Lortone from a local rockhead. Some advice: Buy true stainless steel shot in mixed shapes (I got mine from Rio Grande) - the stuff that doesn't rust. It really couldn't be easier to use; just turn it on and let it run anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on the piece and what needs to be done (I also make fine silver jewellery).

I've read about vibratory tumblers and simply figure their cost can't be justified for my own limited use.

Glenn


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