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3d printed RVS Ringpoems, manually polished

My Stainless steel printed Ringpoems also have arrived. I ordered two for my kids. I know it’s a bit cliché but heee it’s combining something very classical like a napkin ring with something completely advanced like 3D metal printing. I am obviously very happy with the result.

As you can see I have ordered mine with the bronze finishing. Becasue I polished the very first one that was shown on the site some weeks ago and I loved the contrast of the shiny polished finishing on the outside and the rough, dark finishing on the inside/between the characters, I did the same with the one I just now received and this is the result.

 

The method:
First I  used rough sand paper to remove the bronze finishing and make it nice and flat. I have a small (hobby) machine for that but manually this is also quite “do-able”. You can start with a nr.200 sandpaper and work your way up to nr.600.  After this I worked my way up to nr.1200 sandpaper. This can easily be done in 2 or 3 steps (nr.600, nr.1000, nr.1200). It’s best to sand it wet. After the 1200 I started with the polishing paste. I used my drill for that (picture will follow later) but this also is quite easy to do by hand with any polishing paste. Car polish will do the trick. And tradaaaa (the other one is also done by now 😉 ):

 

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