Cut and Polish Motions - When using your buffing wheels, there are two
very important basic motions that you should know and use.
- Cut Motion: This motion provides you with a smooth surface on your
jewelry piece and leaves it with a semi-bright and uniform finish. To
accomplish this smooth surface, you should move the workpiece against the
direction that the wheel is turning and use a medium to hard pressure.
- Color or Polish Motion: This motion provides you with a bright, shiny
and clean finish to your piece. To accomplish this shiny surface look, you
should move the workpiece with the direction that the wheel is turning and
use a medium to light pressure against the wheel.
Buffing Speed and Pressure – When you are buffing or polishing, it is
important to keep in mind that there are varying levels of pressure you apply on
the piece you want to polish. While it is largely open-ended, the amount of
pressure you use depends on what you are trying to accomplish, there are two
things you should always avoid:
- Inadequate Pressure: Inadequate pressure usually is a result of a
jeweler or hobbyist being uncomfortable with their buffing wheel or timid
about project they are working on. Barely holding the piece against your
buffing wheel won't accomplish anything and is a waste of both your time and
- Excessive Pressure: Excessive pressure is the opposite extreme that you
should avoid, and frequently results from trying to use too fine of a
compound or buffing wheel for the task you are trying to accomplish. When
you press the piece to hard into the buffing wheel you can end up with burn
marks on the piece that sometimes permanently damage it, and you can also
cause your buffing wheel to slow down or collapse, both of which are not
good for the machine.