- NEW DVD Series – Stone Setting with Bezels
- Tube Set Charm by Kim St. Jean
- Prong Basket Pendant by Kim St. Jean
- NEW DVD Series – Stone Setting with Cold Connections
- New DVD Series – Stone Setting with Wire
- NEW DVD Series: Introduction to Stone Setting by Kim St. Jean
- Featured Tool: Bracelet Bending Plier
- NEW Dvd by Eva Sherman
- Fun, Fast Fold Forming DVD Series
- Double Band Ear Cuff from Alex Simkin
Daily Wire Tip: Adding Shine to Stones
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
I bought some rough cut slabs to wire at a bead show and now I don’t know how to make them shine. The colors and shapes are made for wiring, but how do I make them smooth and shiny?
-Marcy in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Marcy, as I see it you have two different options. The easy way would be to use an acrylic spray to make your slabs shiny. You will need to be careful when wrapping them, because the coating will scratch easily.
Your second option would be to either get a lapidary from a local rock club to tumble polish them for you, or to get into tumble polishing yourself! We had a discussion a while back with the same challenges, so you can read how to tumble the slabs yourself here: Rock Tumbling 101.
Maybe some of our readers have other suggestions?
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
Have a Question? Click Here to Submit Your Question