Hand polishing natural amber is fun and easy.
Rough amber has a soft surface that is easily removed to reveal a fascinating inner world of color and textures.
Each amber is a unique discovery. When you're done, you've created your own personal amber talisman!
- Rough amber specimen
- Pocket knife
- Dremel tool
- Course bit
- 180 grit (or more course)
- 220 grit
- 400 grit
- 600-800 grit
- 1200 grit
- Bowl of water
Remove rind & crust
Use a sharp pocket knife to scrape rind away
Use a Dremel tool with course bit to remove exterior crust
Stop scraping before coming into contact with the amber itself
Sand remaining crust
Work in a bowl with water to prevent heating up, melting or cracking the amber
Sand the amber, beginning with the most course grade and ending with the finest grade
Dip the amber in water frequently (or keep submerged while you sand)
Dry the amber between grits to see where you've missed scuff marks from the previous grade of sand paper
When the amber is uniformly smooth, you're ready to polish
Polish your amber
Apply Brass-O to amber with a rag
(Red automotive rags with a course texture are good for polishing)
Complete the finish by rubbing with the rag until you are satisfied with shine.