Thanks for all the assistance regarding the excess flux in my burno
crucibles. I have another question. I was told that in lieu of using
a graphite or quartz rod, one could use a bamboo chopstick to stir
the molten metal in a crucible. I would assume that a graphite or
quartz rod would be better, but in a pinch could one substitute a
bamboo chopstick–not wood, but bamboo.
I have been asked to teach some friends cuttlebone casting, and my
friends seem to have a knack for dropping and breaking graphite rods.
So, in the event that a mishap does occur, can I substitute a bamboo