Creating a beautiful polish on your jewelry is very satisfying, but the technique of finishing itself can be confusing. So many bits, tools, and abrasives. When and where do you use each one? When do you polish by hand or with power tools? Or use a flex shaft, vs. a buffing machine, or even a tumbler?
This workshop will help students to learn how to prepare their work for the final polish and then to create a high luster, matte finish or textured surface.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.
• How to use a flex shaft machine to polish
• How to use larger buffs and polishing motors to accelerate polishing
• Power tool safety
• Learn how to spot firescale and to remove it
• Choose clean abrasives that are safe to use in a home studio and healthier
• Recommended abrasives
• When to polish by hand or with power tools, or use both
• Using polishing compounds for a great finish
• Use power tools to relieve patina and polish highlights
• Options for using a tumbler for mass finishing
Want to keep working at home or take this class online? Check out our free videos on how to set up to work at home, and tips on setting up a home studio with a jewelers bench.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.
A full color handout is included with the class.
Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.
Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)
A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
In addition to these tools, students will need some of the tools from the Jewelry 1 - The Basics course.
Liquid dish soap and steaming hot water
Burnisher (slim style recommended)
Half round needle file Swiss cut #4 fine
Glasgow washout brush
Flex shaft machine (recommended). Dremel ok
Sanding sticks (like wooden or plastic rectangular sticks, or popsicle sticks (jumbo and small are useful)
Gluestick or rubber cement for the sanding sticksSample jewelry projects to polish (fabricated pieces or castings suggested)
Sandpaper (for metal, wet/dry, 240, 320 and 600 grit)
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Students should have prior experience with making jewelry, by fabrication, metal clay, or casting.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA