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Offline Meggie

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Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« on: November 15, 2013, 17:48 »
I decided to see if I could really polish up some of my gold rings today.
I bought a bar of Josco polishing compound from Bunnings and then rigged up my little Dremel Rotary Tool and set to work.

I'm really impressed with the results as you can see from the few I did today .. some of them look nearly brand new now. :)

So I intend to work on them all over the weekend & will also try it on the chains & Silver rings etc. 8)

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Re: Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 19:24 »
They came up really well.  Which fitting did you use.  Ive only used the wire brush (really gently) on my cheapy at very low speed.  Did you hand hold the rings?  Did they get slippery?  One of my early jobs when I first moved to Qld was at a bull bar manufacturers....yep......on giant polishing wheel and a carton of wax blocks...man that was a dirty job.
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Re: Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 19:54 »
These are the polishing pads that I used.
I just held the compound to the pad to lightly coat it & then polished away.

Yes I did hold the ring in my hand & slowly turned it .. it was not slippery at all.

You will notice that the Dremel tool is firmly supported in a holder.

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Re: Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2013, 12:32 »
the Josco "cutting"-polishing compound comes in various grades (as identified by their colour)..the white is supposedly for the final buff...I use grey for initially cutting back and removal of scratches, then finish using a softer (wool) pad with the white. There is often small amounts of residual polish that remain, despite the buffing...I've read that this can be removed with either turps or metho..though I have tried neither

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Re: Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 16:33 »
If you dont have a dermel you could always convert your drill. I use this set up all the time.  http://www.instructables.com/id/Drill-to-buff-conversion/
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Re: Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2014, 21:22 »
Hi Meggie,

Just wanted to say thanks for the tip on the polish from Bunnings, worked a treat :)

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Re: Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2014, 15:03 »
Just came across this post for the first time....thanks for the advice. I have a Dremel and I was wondering what polishing discs and polish to use. Awesome!
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Re: Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2014, 15:12 »
I have been using a bench grinder with the wire wheel and all the buffing wheels ,a lot cheaper then the Dremel attachments which i also have ,the Dremel will wear out with a few uses as the attachments for the bench grinder WILL NEVER WEAR OUT been using mine for years and have done hundreds of pieces of jewelry on it....
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Re: Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2014, 14:08 »
Hi guys

Was never cleaning the stuff I found except golden rings but was giving them to my local jewellery shop and they were cleaning this for me.
I still have some silver that needs to be cleaned so I have the question. As I don't find too many jewellery I don't want to spend much money for dremel.
Did anyone use some cheap chinese one and will it do the job? for example like this one:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/80pcs-Electric-Rotary-Drill-Grinder-Polish-Sanding-Tool-Set-Dremel-Bits-Case-AU-/111083715880?pt=AU_Power_Tools&hash=item19dd1afd28

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Re: Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2014, 17:22 »
Try Ozito from Bunnings. Good value. :)

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Re: Ring & Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2014, 06:35 »
I have an Ozito one that does the trick and the inserts are interchangeable with the popular brand as well.
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