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Another trick with sawblades

Another trick ; before you saw with a new blade, run the blade
thru a stick of beeswax (many bench jewelers stick a bit of it on
the bench.) Then pass the blade quickly thru your torch. It will
now cut like a hot knife through butter.


I was really confused by your suggestion, until I realized that
you meant twist 90 degrees. I’d originally envisioned something
like a staple, and it didn’t make any sense! Are you mounting the
altered sawblade to cut right to left, or left to right? (That
might depend on whether you were left or right handed?)


Kat Tanaka

Hi Felicity in West oz where spring is in the air,

Nice to see some good old Aussie ingenuity at work! I do a lot
of sawing this way, as some of my spec frames are long shapes cut
from sheet. I thought I was the only one to do this, after Andy
Cooperman (US) showed me how. I have an improvement, but.

Just do the bending cold, with the blade inplace in the frame.
No need to heat it up as the ends of the blades are still
annealed, not hardened like the teeth are. Hold the frame, get
some flat pliers, and bend each end a quarter-turn at a time.
Bend to wherever you want + a little more to account for a little
spring-back. I’ve found that a slightly less or a little more
than 90 degrees helps with getting into some of my tricky long

PS, I’m looking for info on Sydney. Been there?

Brian, in New Zild, where only rain is in the air.
B r i a n =A0 A d a m J e w e l l e r y E y e w e a r =A0

Another trick that I use with saw blades when sawing those long
fine wired coils to make jump rings, is to turn the the saw
blade upside down > the wrong way that is> and saw away . I find
this to work very well for me as I am sawing upwards to the
whole coil length which gives stability and a firmness to sawing

Marjorie Lord Australia