It used to be when I read advice about sanding and buffing my polymer pieces that I’d always say, “Nah, I’ll just slap some varnish on it.”
This is because I’m Lazy.
Also, I HATE sanding.
But more and more I found I was dissatisfied with the look of my work. The ones that were sanded and buffed not only felt nicer, they looked so much more elegant and refined.
It was Cindi Leitz’s tutorial on DIY sanding blocks that finally got me started sanding my pieces.
You can see in the photo above how buffing brings out depth and sparkle in the metallic clay.
Then, of course, I wanted even more shine. So I got out a piece of denim and buffed until my arm nearly fell off… but it worked!
Once I got my wheel I started to think about other ways to use it. I’ve come up with five, plus one thing you shouldn’t do.
Watch the video to learn what they are, and hear me use the word “sheen” way too often, lol. Sorry ’bout that.
Tools & Resources mentioned in the video:
- Buffing wheel
- Rotary tool
- DIY buffing wheel tutorial by Cindy Lietz
- DIY sanding blocks video
- Renaissance Wax
- Nature’s Treasure video
- Swirly lentils tutorial
- Flourish (stained glass pieces)
- Little Windows Resin YouTube channel
- Flitz polish
- Wire Jewelry Masterclass (turquoise earrings)
- Mosaic turquoise donut