THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF METAL FINISHES 


There are several different types of metal finishes available on the market today. Here is a quick rundown of some of the most popular finishes:


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HIGH-GLOSS FINISH



A high-gloss finish is the most popular type of finish for metal pieces, giving the metal a bright, shiny, "brand new" appearance that looks great in any jewelry setting.


A high-gloss finish involves polishing a metal piece with sandpaper running through a high-speed polishing machine with high-powered buffing wheels. This polishing method helps in achieving a mirror-like, highly reflective finish. This high-gloss finish prevents contamination, removes oxidation, and avoids corrosion of the metal.


SATIN FINISH:



The satin metal finish is one of the most popular metal finishes available. This finish is generally available in five different metal hues, including gold, bronze, steel, lead, and copper. A plater treats the surface of the metal with a specific coating procedure followed by a gloss-based finish to create a smooth satin sheen. After the plater coats the items, they are sprayed with a top coat to protect the satin sheen.


MATTE FINISH:



A matte finish creates a dull, non-reflective metal surface using tiny glass beads. This metal treatment uses beads blasted at high pressure onto the metal surface, which etches away the top layer of the metal to create a matte or dull finish. A matte finish is often used on stainless steel products, giving the metal a more rugged look.


FLORENTINE FINISH:



The Florentine finish is a traditional method of metal finishing that uses engraving tools controlled by artisans. A Florentine finish is costly because of the time and labor that goes into its production. Every operation, from the tools chosen to the pressure utilized in forming it, is detailed and necessitates coordination and attention to achieve the intended results. It produces the appearance of thin, parallel lines overlapping one another.


HAMMERED FINISH:



A metalsmith creates a hammered finish by using a set of hammers to create an uneven, textured surface on the metal. This type of finish is common on metals such as copper and brass. A hammered finish is done by hand or by using a machine.


OXIDIZED FINISH:



A plater creates an oxidated finish with chemical metal treatments that create a dark patina. This type of finish is common on metals such as copper and brass. The oxidation process can be done by hand or by using a machine.


BRUSHED METAL FINISH:



A metalsmith creates a brushed metal finish by using a wire brush to create a textured surface on the metal. This type of finish is common on metals such as aluminum and stainless steel. Brushed metals can be created by hand or by using a machine.


Brushed metals can be created with different brush sizes, speeds, and pressures to create a variety of textures. For example, the most common brushed metal finish is the "satin" or "matte" finish. A metalsmith creates this type of finish by using a wire brush with medium pressure and speed.

Other types of brushed metal finishes include:


• Rough Finish: A plater creates a rough finish using a wire brush with high pressure and low speed; this finish is common on metals such as aluminum and stainless steel.


• Smooth Finish: A plater creates a smooth finish using a wire brush with low

 

WRAPPING UP:



There you have it! These are just some of the different types of finishes that are available for metal. Each type of finish has its own unique set of characteristics that can give your metal jewelry a one-of-a-kind look.