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#1

Hi Aileen, consider soaking some strips of old T shirt/similar material in oil,
even used oil from your local garage will do) and wrapping it around the rollers.
When you have finished using them for the day, wrap the rollers with another piece
of oil soaked material, again an old T shirt, etc pyjamas tops, with long sleeves
make great rolling mill protectors as the arms can be wrapped around the mill! )
You can also add a large plastic bag to cover the lot.

Best wishes Felicity in beautiful West Oz where the blue sky is shining brightly.


#2

I haven’t been following this thread closely, so forgive me if
someone else already suggested this. I have attached to my mill a
couple of pieces of sponge cut and wired up so that the rolls
stay in constant contact with them. I keep the sponges well
oiled and never cover my mill. Hard to explain - easy to see at
http://home.swbell.net/jwlrymkr/sheet.html The sponges not only
keep the pins lubed, but also wipe any dust or crud away. About
every six months or so, I take the sponges off and clean them.
Works for me. Ken


#3

Dear Ken, Your suggestion for the rolling mills oiler/cleaner is
absolutely bloody brilliant! I’m rushing off to honour your idea
first thing tomorrow morning. Kind regards, Rex from Oz


#4

I have not followed the entire thread, so excuse any repetition.
But the idea of leaving oil on the mill while rolling seems
problematic. Oil is sticky and will trap any foreign particles
or dust and then push it into the metal or even worse, into the
rollers. I can understand using oil when not in use, but for
rolling, keep my rolling mill dry.

The Academy has salt water within 5 miles North, West and East
and yet rust has never been a problem on the mill. Once in a
while I clean the rollers with a solvent, then rub them with
flat mounted 4/0 polishing paper bringing the surface back to a
sheen. The real battle has been the ocassional non-thinker who
tries to roll something hard like steel or titanium…ouch!.

Alan

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
760 Market Street . Suite 900
San Francisco . California . 94960 . USA
tel: 415 . 391 . 4179
fax: 415 . 391 . 7570
email: alan@revereacademy.com
http://www.revereacademy.com


#5

Hi Aileen, consider soaking some strips of old T shirt/similar
material in oil, even used oil from your local garage will do)
and wrapping it around the rollers. When you have finished using
them for the day, wrap the rollers with another piece of oil
soaked material, again an old T shirt, etc pyjamas tops, with
long sleeves make great rolling mill protectors as the arms can
be wrapped around the mill! ) Best wishes
Felicity in beautiful West Oz where the blue sky is shining brightly.