Textures Compared to Finish

Textures vs Finish


Textures. It’s kinda hard, for me at least, to look at a texture and know what it will look like with the final finish in the PMC creation. I’m getting better with this. Here’s what I’ve learned so far, in three parts.

With any texture, its final appearance in silver, that is the lightness, darkness, softness, or dramatic effect of the finished piece, depends upon how you finish the piece. See Finishing with Flexible Shaft Tools.

I    Fine Line Textures
II   Deep Textures
III  Construction to Achieve the Desired Results

I    Fineline Textures

Here are some examples of Fine Line textures. When I look at them, I see some have more light space and others are more dark due to the lines. The result on the finished piece depends on how dense or spacious is the texture. For example, the first texture below, Flower Quilt Fine Line, results in a light finished piece. See examples below for dense patterns that result in a darker finish.

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Flower Quilt Fine Line

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Roses and Swirls Fine Line

This Bear Pendant was made using pretty dense Fine Line textures. As you can see, it is on the whole, dark. The raised fine lines of silver pattern give it silver shiny highlights. 

By the way, if as a last step you burnish these raised fine lines, it adds a little bling to your piece.

These earrings show a fine line texture as the landscape, a smooth texture in the sky (with syringed clouds) and a smooth texture in the heavily patinaed road. This shows you, how you finish a piece is truly up to you and not necessarily the texture.


II   Deep Textures

To me, anything that is not a Fine Line is a Deep Texture. Here are some examples. 

 Texture Tile - Scaled

Scaled

Scaled in silver

http://cdn3.volusion.com/qz29d.hncd6/v/vspfiles/photos/TTL-235-2T.jpg

Crown Fern


Crown Fern in silver with the deepest part of the stamped silver filed smooth and flat

http://cdn3.volusion.com/qz29d.hncd6/v/vspfiles/photos/RTT-112-2T.jpg?1369823725

Plume Embossed


Plume embossed in silver



III Construction to Achieve the Desired Results

Here are four Totem Animal Pendants that I made, trying to anticipate how I would finish them for the desired appearance.


1.  Bear Pendant facing left with Flower Party (deep texture)

Dried clay stage

The texture is Flower Party, as shown below. 

I plan to patina Bear, then finish it with AdvantEdge Silicone Polishing Discs, hitting just the tops of the silver patterns for a sharp contrast and a dramatic look. 

Flower Party

Finished Bear




2.  Bear Pendant facing right with Flower Quilt Fine Line, which was the first Fine Line texture shown above on this page.

Dried clay stage

I plan to patina Bear, then finish these with Radial Bristle Discs, removing most the patina, for a soft, light look. 

Finished Bear






3.  Raven Pendant Flower Quilt Fine Line background with Fireworks body (see texture below)

Dried clay stage 

I plan to patina Raven, then finish thje background with Radial Bristle Discs, removing most the patina, for a soft, light look. I will finish the body using AdvantEdge Silicone Polishing Discs, hitting just the tops and leaving the recessed parts dark. Hopefully, this will give me a dark Raven against a soft background.

Fireworks

Finished Raven—dark body on lighter background




4.  Raven Pendant Fireworks (texture above) background with Floral Curls Embossed body (see texture below)

Dried clay stage

I plan to patina Raven, then finish thje background with AdvantEdge Silicone Polishing Discs, hitting just the tops and leaving the recessed parts dark. I will finish the body with Radial Bristle Discs, removing most the patina, for a soft, light look. I will burnish or high polish the lines and dots in the body to make them sparkle. I did not use any flowers from the texture, selecting my pieces from only the lines and dots.

Hopefully, this will give me a bling Raven, glowing against a dark background.

Floral Curls Embossed

Finished Raven with light body on dark background


I am adding this comment at a much later date that the original publish date. I make a lot of my own textures, using leaves, stems, and flowers found in my yard and the woods. I have a favorite, which I think looks lovely on a completed piece. However, the finishing process on this piece is tedious and eats up a lot of my polishing discs. The texture is so rough, that it eats up Radial Discs described in Finishing with Flexible Shaft Tools. These discs are almost $1 a piece, so if I go through four discs for one to four pairs of earrings, that is quite costly. I only mention this because it is another factor in the texture deciding process, especially if you sell a lot of your pieces.

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© Kris A Kramer 2017