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Polishing Polymer Clay

 

The buttons used in this demonstration can also be seen in "Microwave Polymer Clay"

You will need a container of water, paper or cloth towel, a variety of grit of wet/dry sandpaper. If you want a really nice polish you will want to use a Dremel tool with a Buffer wheel. Sometimes an old pair of jeans works well with lots of elbow grease.

Make your own Buffer Wheel for your Dremel.

I used 320, 400 and 600 grits for this demonstration. You can get higher grit if you desire at an automotive body supply. The ones I used here were picked up at a local discount store. (cough* Wal-Mart)

 

 

Soak the wet/dry sandpaper into the water for a couple of minutes. A great thing about using this type, is that it prevents the polymer clay dust from becoming airborne.

If I were sanding/buffing larger items I would of course have a larger container of water.

 

 

 

 

Beginning with the lowest number grit, in this case 320, sand the surface of your item. You will begin to build up a soup on the sand paper.

Just rinse the paper and object off in the container of water every so often to keep things clean.

 

 

I keep an assembly line form in mind, working from left to right. That way if I have to walk away I can set the item down on top of the grit I am working on, and know where to begin when I come back.

 

 

 

After sanding with all three grits and buffing gently with a t-shirt you can tell that the one on the left is MUCH smoother.

 

 

 

 

Get that Dremel out and buff away! Be sure to wear safety glasses, especially if you tend to bend over your work closely. The last thing you need is for the item to spit back out at you smack you in the eye. It's not much fun trying to be creative while wearing an eye patch.

 

 

 

 

Purdy, and ready to use. I also used the Dremel to re-drill the holes so they would be uniform.