Friday, January 4, 2008

Ribbons and Pins

Working out the Ruts

Good light and a firm hand is required on the buffer. This side is the stitched muslin wheel. The trick is not to be in a hurry, and to pay close attention. The wheel turns quickly and can take a quick bite out of a piece.

Focusing on the pressure is key. Usually use both hands, but one hand has the camera.

The buffer is both the best friend and sometimes the worst enemy of getting a good finish on a piece. If too much pressure is applied it causes deep ruts that send the piece back to the sanding bowl to smooth them out.

Not fun to start over.

This piece has been sanded with 400, 600, 1500 and 2000 grit wet-dry paper. Then polished on the stitched wheel and finished on the unstitched muslin wheel.

The oval is 2 inches wide at the widest point and 1 3/4 inches tall across the mid-point.

These shiny pieces are very difficult to photograph, they reflect the light. The image is exceptionally clear.

The lettering says 'Fine French Grograin Ribbon' - could hang from a fine satin cord. Or have a pin back put on, to wear on a silk scarf.

Looks remarkably like an enameled glass surface.

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