Hand Polishing Your Jewellery With Polishing Papers

Create A High Sheen With Polishing Papers

Our polishing papers are excellent for gaining a high sheen on metals or precious metal clay if you do not have power tools (such as a Dremel Multi Tool) for polishing. They are also excellent for polishing in those hard to reach areas! Polishing papers are especially effective with silver clays as the purer silver is particularly receptive to more gentle polishing methods.

Prepare With Wet & Dry Sanding Sheets

Polishing papers work best when you are able to work through the different grades - from coarse to fine, which we will talk through on this page. However, before you start your polishing process you need to sand any scratches off your design by working down through the grades of our wet & dry sanding sheets


Polishing papers have 3M micron-graded abrasives in them that polish your metal to a high sheen by simply working up through the coloured grades. For best results change the direction you are working in after each grade.

The easiest way to know which order to work through the colours is by numbering them. This way you can ensure you are working from the coarsest grade through to the finest grade. 

The following is the order the papers need to be used in, starting with the coarsest

  1. Lime green (coarsest): 400 grit
  2. Grey: 600 grit
  3. Blue: 1200 grit
  4. Pink: 4000 grit
  5. Turquoise: 6000 grit
  6. Cream (the finest): 8000 grit.


We obtained much better results when the paper was wrapped around (or even glued to) a small, flat piece of wood, similar in shape to a nail file.

We also like to staple the papers together in the correct order so it's easier to pick up and start polishing without the need to reorder your papers.

Watch Our Polishing Papers In Action


If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team who will be more than happy to give you advice over email or on the phone.

You can learn more and find inspiration by visiting our Jewellery Making Tutorials, Jewellery Making Kits and YouTube Channel. Don't forget to follow us on social media and tag us in your designs on Instagram & Facebook, we would love to see!

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