I've always wondered how you can use the steel posts to secure the
jewelry to the engraver's ball and avoid marring the metal?
Thank you Michael, Terrie, Margie and Brad tor your suggestions.
I guess I was thinking or hoping that there was a more direct (fewer
steps, less time) way to use the engraving posts provided.
I enjoy making/modifying tools for the job at hand. It saves me time
and money and often gives me exactly what I need now instead of
almost what I need later. I confess to doing considerable "research"
in tools wish books, er, I mean catalogs (including non-jewelry) for
interesting solutions to work I'm doing or may be contemplating.
I knew about the use of shellac which prompted me to apply Jett Sett
to the shellac pad ("T" platform?) provided with my Benchmate setup
or with another homemade fixture that I could secure in my Benchmate
ball. This is pretty much what Michael suggested and works well
though it requires several steps. I'm not familiar with the waxes as
I don't do casting but if this white wax is faster than the Jett
Sett, I might be interested.
I will try wrapping the piece with leather.
Dipping and coating one end of those short slippery posts sounds
kind of daunting to me but I might be able to work it out. Judging by
the thickness of the stuff I bought for another application, I'd need
to make 6-8 layers minimum.
Thanks again to all of you for sharing.