Julie 1) This are my answers to preventing breaking of a point on
bottom of the #52 graver. I use emery paper #2 and score and slightly
round off the very leading edge of the blade. scoring is the method of
roughing the little area that actually goes into the gold or metal.
if the scoring is worn off due to use, it will become slippery and
slide around the metal. so in doing this, the blade will definitely
dig in just where you wish it..!
2) did you burn or soften the blade during the shaping process??
did it turn colour to a brown tinge? if you did, the steel is now
softened to a point of not being able to hold the shape where the
bead raising area is now.
3) read my article that will be supplied to you in the next mail-out
in a day ...one dunk of water to 2 cuts on the rotary wheel.
4) just a light touch on the grinding wheel is all that is needed,
THIS WILL CAUSE SOME BURNING, alas, number #1 solution to your
5) you cannot burn any graver while on the oil impregnated Arkansas
6) use emery paper #1& #2, then number 2/0 and then 4/0 polishing
papers, read my article for the finer details of graver polishing.
lots of details, trust me on this..:>)
7) don't raise the beading tool to such a high angle, you will be
asking for major problems here. try angling to only 45o MAXIMUM!!!!!
8) get all of the imbedded metal out it will be affecting the
pickling and Rhodium plating
I would use a finer onglette & remove all of those little metal
shavings of steel, get them out!!!..gerry!