Vid #71: How to get that professional shine with Fimo clay jewelry beads by sewing up your own polishing wheels for the Dremel rotary tool:
If you like to have shiny polymer clay beads, nothing does a nicer job than a power buffer… after thorough sandings using all of the grits of course! :-)
To get that shine, a great polymer clay tool to use is the Dremel Multi-Pro rotary tool. You can set it up with a spinning cloth polishing surface (aka buffing wheel) mounted on the tools arbor. You can buy these buffing wheels made by Dremel at your local hardware store, or you can easily make them yourself. All that’s needed is some coarse cloth and a sewing machine!
The best cloth to use when making your own buffing wheels is a natural fiber cloth with no dyes in it. Muslin, Linen, Cotton, White Denim and canvas are all great choices.
Cut the cloth into loose squares about 2″ wide. Stack as many squares together as your sewing machine can handle and sew a spiral from the center to the outside edge. Trim into a circle shape and poke a hole in the center.
Through this hole, you can thread the buffing wheel mandrel. Stack as many wheels as will fit on the mandrel’s shaft. Then secure this assembly to your Dremel’s arbor.
If following written tutorial instructions is not your thing, there’s no need to worry. I have created a how-to video on the whole procedure. It’s part of my weekly multimedia newsletter series. See lower down on this page for a quick preview clip.
For more tips on using the Dremel Multipro Rotary Tool, here’s another article: Buffing Polymer Clay Beads
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The full version of the “Buffing Wheel” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-005 Back Issue Package.
In this “Buffing Wheel” video tutorial I demonstrate how to sew up your own buffing wheels for your polymer clay Dremel tool using materials you probably already have laying around. This tip is great for the thrifty clayer that likes to save some money whenever possible.