Surface Sanding

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After shaping each pendant on my spindle sander, it is time to do some sanding on the faces.

I use a series of sandpaper grits, depending on the wood types. Softer or thinner wood veneers can’t handle the sanding to be too coarse( ie. 120 or under) because the coarse grit either goes through the thin layer, or leaves deep scratches, so I usually start sanding with 150-180 grit and work my way up to 220. Throughout the lacquering process later, I use a fine grit steel wool to brush off any unevenness on the surface, wipe it clean and move on to the next layer of lacquer.

I plan to add some burning details on some of these. Likely some pretty floral designs. I have a few in mind that I am eager to try. After, I will put on a few layers of lacquer, and then add gold and silver leafing details. Then it is time for a final top coat! But more on that later…

I have lots to do, so here I go!

If you don’t want to wait for these beauties to be done, you can go through my available pendants here.