How to Make a Needle Burnisher

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In a Tight Spot

Create a DIY needle burnisher for finishing tiny spaces

By Helen I. Driggs

I love the shiny glint of burnished edges on my jewelry metals, but sometimes it’s quite difficult to fit a standard hand burnisher into sharp inner corners, complex fretwork, or in and around prongs, hinge knuckles, or clustered bezel settings. To solve this problem, I made a needle burnisher out of the steel shaft of a worn down flexible abrasive attachment.