The final step in the polishing process is where something known as "rouge" comes in to play. It may sound like an item from the cosmetic department, but it is a polishing compound that is made of iron oxide (rust) in a wax base. It gets its name from its color as you can see! The rouge is applied to the buffing wheel, and the headjoint is polished. Rouge is excellent for polishing because it has very fine particles that remove metal in smaller pieces, thereby producing a very high shine. In addition to our flute builders using rouge as a polishing agent, jewelers use it as well. Makes sense to us since our flutes are made of precious metals!
|Headjoints in an early phase of polishing|
|Rouge for the final step|
|Technician applies rouge to the cloth buffing wheel in the final step of polishing|
|Headjoints that have been polished and are ready to go!|