|This clay bead has been twisted creating deep indentations that are normally hard to get into with regular wet/dry sand paper. But the fine grained silicon carbide grit easily gets into all the nooks and crannies.|
|This photo shows how cloudy the bead is directly from the polishing stage after rinsing and drying.|
This bead will need burnishing to remove the film.
I picked up some Arm and Hammer washing soda and reburnished the beads for 2-3 days and the white film seemed to have faded a little.
I lightly re-sanded the beads with 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. My white beads that were sort of a vanilla color came back to the white and then I buffed them all and the shine is amazing!
Even though sanding off the film and then buffing created an amazing shine, it was more time intensive than I would like. So for now I would still skip the polish stage. But I would increase the time spent on the sanding and pre-polish stage to maybe 3 days a piece.
The photos do not do justice to the amazing shine on these beads. In person they almost look 'wet'. Like they've been triple glazed!