You can use a flex shaft to sand and polish the metal sections of jewelry work – but for some occasions, hand sanding and polishing is more appropriate. If you’ve already made a set of Custom Polishing Sticks, it’s a good idea to also make a full set of human-powered and portable sanding sticks. These can be tossed into a toolbox to take with you, they are super-easy to make from inexpensive materials, and are very useful to have.
Here’s how I do it:
Photo 1 Lay a full or half-sheet of abrasive paper on a flat surface with grit side facing down.
Photo 2 Position a flat strip of wood, such as a paint stirrer, old wooden ruler, or thin strip of wood trim along the nearest edge of the paper.
Photo 3 Gently run a blunt screwdriver tip or a metal scribe along the other edge of the wood strip to score but not cut the abrasive paper.
Photo 4 Grip the paper firmly and roll the strip of wood toward the scored line to create a fold.
Photo 5 Keep repeating the score, fold, and roll process until the entire sheet of paper has been rolled onto the strip of wood. Trim away any excess paper with scissors.
Photo 6 Tape the ends of the paper to the stick with masking tape.
Photo 7 Indicate the grit on the stick with marker. As needed, remove a layer by cleanly tearing off the worn paper along the scored fold line and discarding it.