Polishing and Finishing
Learn how to perfect your matt and high-shine finish by hand or using tools in this in-depth polishing and finishing course for jewellers
Learn how to get a professional finish on your jewellery ...
Whatever type of jewellery making you do - silver, gold, metal clay, wax carving and casting - your finishing is what sets your work apart. In this course you will learn about different techniques and finishes you can use on your jewellery.
Taught by jeweller, Jessica Rose, in this course you will learn about:
- Polishing techniques that work with silver and gold
- Different polishing finishes including matt and high shine
- Hand polishing techniques with minimal equipment
- How to clean up and polish a wax cast piece of jewellery
- How to use a pendant motor and attachments to get different finishes
- Polishing a stone set piece
- Different equipment available including barrel polisher, pendant motor and the Jool Tool
This is a comprehensive course and while you will not use all of these techniques this course gives you a great overview of the tools and equipment jewellers use and will give you the opportunity to decide what will work best for you and your jewellery style.
All of these techniques take practice and patience and in this in-depth video course we have 10 lessons to guide you through the process which you can re-watch as many times as you like to perfect the skills and master the techniques.
If you love working in metal and would like to work on your finishing skills this is the perfect next step to take.
What Will You Get?
- Lifetime access to comprehensive video lessons, guiding you through all the techniques, tips and tricks
- Downloadable course notes to work alongside the videos
- Access to our supportive community of jewellers and tutors to help you at every stage of the process
- Access to the videos 24/7 - you can stop, pause, rewind and replay as much as you like
- Excellent close-up shots to see what is happening in each step so you don't miss a thing
Jessica Rose is a jewellery designer-maker and the Founder of Jewellers Academy and of the award-winning London Jewellery School, which was Europe's largest independent jewellery training company. One of her first jewellery businesses was a metal clay fingerprint jewellery business so who better to share these techniques with you. Jess is extremely passionate about jewellery making and spends most of her time supporting jewellers to run their own successful jewellery businesses.
This course is suitable for jewellers who make jewellery in silver, gold, metal clay and wax carving/casting.
We look forward to welcoming you on the course and seeing how you use the techniques to finish your jewellery soon
StartLesson 1: Welcome To The Polishing & Finishing Course (Start Here) (1:54)
StartLesson 2: Health & Safety When Polishing & Finishing (1:52)
StartLesson 3: Tools & Equipment When Polishing (2:52)
StartLesson 4: The Basics of Polishing Jewellery (15:42)
StartLesson 5: Polishing with A Pendant Motor (26:31)
StartLesson 6: Hand Polishing (25:38)
StartLesson 7: Using the Barrel Polisher (6:14)
StartLesson 8: Polishing with the Jool Tool (24:40)
StartLesson 9: Stone Setting and Polishing (5:06)
StartLesson 10: Thank You and Final Tips (1:14)
Tools and Materials
- Safety goggles
- Dust mask
- Alligator tape
- a range of hand files and needle files (these come in different cuts and shapes)
- Emery paper and emery sticks - a range of grits from 240-1200
- 3M polishing papers
- Dremel, Polishing Motor or Jool Tool
- 3M radial discs - range of grits
- Scotchbrite wheel
- Polishing compound (Luxi for example)
- felt, wool and calico mops
- Barrel polisher with stainless steel shot and barrelling compound
- Glanol and cloth
You can find a list of jewellery suppliers worldwide here https://www.jewellersacademy.com/jewellery-supplies
This course covers a wide range of polishing equipment. We suggest you watch it through before purchasing anything so you can decide what will work best in your budget and for the type of jewellery that you make.