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#1

I have a couple cross lock tweezers without wood in them and have used the
butt ends as heat sinks at times. I usually dunk them in water so I don’t
forget and grab them later and burn myself severely. So now they’ve lost
their “spring.” Is there anyway to revive them? Dave

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#2

I have a couple cross lock tweezers without wood in them and have used the
butt ends as heat sinks at times. I usually dunk them in water so I don’t
forget and grab them later and burn myself severely. So now they’ve lost
their “spring.” Is there anyway to revive them? Dave

Heehee.

Pound them on the end with a hammer to work harden them? Pull them apartand
bend them with your hands (without breaking them) to replace some tension?
Bend each of the front ends in front of the cross lock into a tented angle
away from each other but meeting at the tips to regain tension?

Charles
(seen similar problems)

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#3

I have a couple cross lock tweezers without wood in them and have used the
butt ends as heat sinks at times. I usually dunk them in water so I don’t
forget and grab them later and burn myself severely. So now they’ve lost
their “spring.” Is there anyway to revive them? Dave

Kia ora Dave: unfortunately only steel can be hardened and tempered to become springy again. They don’t usually make cross-locks with steel; they’re usually brass or soft iron and plated. Other metals can only be hardened by mechanical working; e.g., hammering, twisting, drawing, bending back and forth, etc.
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#4

Dave Stephens wrote:

I have a couple cross lock tweezers without wood in them and have used the
butt ends as heat sinks at times. I usually dunk them in water so I don’t
forget and grab them later and burn myself severely. So now they’ve lost
their “spring.” Is there anyway to revive them? Dave

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orchid@ganoksin.com

Heat them to about 500=600 degrees and quench in motor oil.GAvin


#5

Usually I just bend them using a pair of pliers, you can make them quite
strong, or quite gentle, whatever your needs. I won’t try explaining the
exact steps, fool around with it a little, and if it doesn’t become
apparent, I’ll explain then.

Jeffrey

Dave Stephens wrote:

I have a couple cross lock tweezers without wood in them and have used the
butt ends as heat sinks at times. I usually dunk them in water so I don’t
forget and grab them later and burn myself severely. So now they’ve lost
their “spring.” Is there anyway to revive them? Dave

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#6

Jeffrey Everett wrote:

Usually I just bend them using a pair of pliers, you can make them quite
strong, or quite gentle, whatever your needs. I won’t try explaining the
exact steps, fool around with it a little, and if it doesn’t become
apparent, I’ll explain then.

Jeffrey

Dave Stephens wrote:

I have a couple cross lock tweezers without wood in them and have used the
butt ends as heat sinks at times. I usually dunk them in water so I don’t
forget and grab them later and burn myself severely. So now they’ve lost
their “spring.” Is there anyway to revive them? Dave

Art Jewelry for Conscious People
http://www.opendoor.com/stephensdesign/crystalguy.html

             Jeffrey Everett

Handmade 18K, 22K, and platinum gemstone fine jewelry.
Diamond setting, rubber/metal molds, casting, lapidary
Die and mold engraving, plastic patterns for casting.
Cad jewelry design, cad/cam milling scroll filigree…
P O Box 2057 Fairfield IA 52556 515-469-6250

orchid@ganoksin.com

Dave,
If the tweezers come out of the motor oil and after you rinse them
they ar still blueish you still have an annealed state in the steel so
try again at a little lower temp. Careful of fire of course but at six
hundred they should just boil the oil with will usually take up to 1200
degrees before bursting into flames so use just enough oil to cover a
single pair of tweezers in a pan like a pie plate outdoors and keep your
dry powder type of extinguisher there one of the small aerosol 3 dollar
ones is enough don’t put water on anything like an oil fire as I am sure
you know…heating in the closed furnace is best since you know when
they are 600 degrees…Gavin …P.S. depends on the steel but most
should be white or silver white when tempered…Gavin…PSS You annealed
them when you heated and they probably turned blue…