Amazing to see my fired metal clay go from white to mirror-shiny silver by rubbing these in order of grit. Would definitely recommend
3M Polishing Papers - could this be the best abrasive there is for mirror polishing silver?
This is a great value BULK BUY set with 12 sheets of the 3M WetorDry Tri-M-Ite Polishing Papers. You get two full-sized sheets of each grit.
They're made from micron sized abrasive particles, slurry coated onto a non-woven synthetic backing. They are soft, cloth-like and paper thin, so wraps smoothly around your piece. You can also wrap the paper around a wooden stick, if you only want to polish the raised surfaces on your piece, for instance, if you have oxidised the piece.
The precision micron grading provides a uniform, consistent finish. These are sometimes referred to as Tri-M-Item papers, or lapping papers. They really give you the most fantastic mirror-like finish on metal clay and silver! We mainly keep these for use on the fired silver, as the clay clogs them up too fast.
To polish to a mirror finish, start with the coarsest grit and work to the finest grit. When you see uniform fine lines, move to the next grit. Do not skip grits or you won't get a mirror finish. Grits are colour coded for easy identification.
Each sheet is 21.6cm x 27.9cm (8.5" x 11"). This is a US Letter size, which is very similar to an A4 sheet (A4 is a little taller, and Letter is a little wider of the two).
Please note - these set have not been split up, or the sheets been cut in half. You get 12 FULL SIZED sheets, TWO sheets of each grit.
The set includes 12 sheets:
- 2 x Light Green - 1 Micron / 8,000 grit
- 2 x Mint - 2 Micron / 6,000 grit
- 2 x Pink - 3 Micron / 4,000 grit
- 2 x Blue - 9 Micron / 1,200 grit
- 2 x Grey - 15 Micron / 600 grit
- 2 x Green - 30 Micron / 400 grit
IF YOU FIND THIS SET CHEAPER ELSEWHERE - LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE SHEETS, AND HOW MANY YOU GET. MANY OF THESE ARE SOLD AS CUT-UP PIECES, OR WITH ONLY ONE SHEET OF EACH GRIT.
You can also buy each of these as individual sheets (click here to see the range) perfect for when you find your favourite grit that you use more than others.
Excellent for gradual polishing, great to be able to cut them down and fold them easily to reach the more difficult to reach places
Excellent and reasonably priced, i have used them a couple of times since they arrived and the finish is stunning.
If you are looking to file your silver clay before you fire these are a must have. If you are looking to bring your fired pieces to a mirror shine these are a must have! Be sure to use different pieces on clay / fired pieces.
These are perfect for finishing. I cut mine into 4 squares and number them in order of courseness (I have a terrible memory!). This is the only method of polishing I use - kiln to mirror finish with nothing else - and they're great value!
These sheets are easy to use . Cut them into smaller squares and can get them into all sorts of spaces . Really like them.
I know you recommend not using these papers on dry clay but, despite the fact they clog up quickly, they leave such a beautiful finish that it is worth it.
I was introduced to this product during a metal clay work shop hosted by Nicola Beer. I realised that using something as simple as the right grade and quality of polishing papers makes all the difference to the finished quality of your piece. I have used these after purchase and have not been disappointed. They are durable and flexible to use and cost effective.
These are great for hand finishing silver and for polishing pre tumbling. There is a good variety of grits and they produce a good finish when working through them if you need to hand finish your silver.
Wouldn't be without them now, can't believe I waited so long to buy them in the first place! Great product!
This set of polishing papers are perfect for achieving a mirror finish on fired silver clay, work your way through the papers from rough to smooth for a flawless finish.
These papers can be used wet or dry and on pre-fired or post fired jewellery. Using these (in order) on pre-fired silver art clay, really highlights any areas that require additional sanding or polishing that you may not notice before firing. If these are used pre-firing, polishing post firing is much easier and definitely gives a mirror finish.
Gives a good high polish finish to silver clay items.
Great product lovely mirror shine on sliver clay!
These have made such a difference to my silver jewellery. The end product looks super shiny.
Love these polishing papers. Brings the piece of jewellery to a fine, shiny, smooth finish - no scratches!
I use these polishing papers for my silver fingerprint jewellery they give a fantastic polish and shine, bought some from Ebay recently what a mistake they were tiny so never again.
Easy to use, cut into smaller pieces very good at polishing small intricate work.
These are the perfect alternative to machine polishing. No messy rouge everywhere, just clean, quiet, take anywhere sheets.
Soft & pliable - a must for your tool box. Tip 1: Cut into small pieces or invest in some thin double sided tape, & glue strips around toothpicks, wooden skewers & thin wooden dowel rods, for a range of useful polishing tools, pure magic. Tip 2: Listen to the sound when you start sanding and you will hear it smooth out when it is time to move on to the next grade of paper.
I found it hard work and difficult to know when you had done enough with each sheet. Also it seemed to get a layer of sticky dirt on the resin after i had been polishing it for a while. I wasnt sure if i was doing it right as i came with no instructions on how to know when you had done enough on each layer. I found that washing the piece after each layer seemed to help remove the dirt and get it ready for the next sheet.
just used these for the first time, Sue is right...plenty of elbow grease needed but the result is fantastic and well worth it!!!!
You have to use elbow grease to get a mirror finish with these but I find that if you put a lot of work in with the coarser grits, you get a better finish and don't need to do so much with the finer ones. This means that I tend to get through the coarser sheets faster than the finer ones. They give a lovely shine which is enhanced with a final polish with Wenol.