Great Thread! Some of my favorite tips and gadgets aRe:
An old fingernail polish bottle to hold batterns flux. A quill
handle flux brush fits perfectly inside; sealing the flux from
An old sawdust shaker box used to separate filings from larger
I like to use a fine steel wool pad for prepolishing carving wax
and then a section of a short nap paint roller (about 1/2" wide x
3" long) to polish the wax. The paint roller section fits well
under your finger while using it. Then a final polish with the
Speaking of wax, I use a small coil of copper wire wrapped
around the tip of my waxer tool; sharpened to a blunt point. This
makes a nice tool for applying texture to wax.
Denatured alcohol mixed with red rouge and applied with a
toothpick makes a good solder stop.
The needle part of a paste solder dispenser (that always seems
to clog up) makes a great torch tip. These seem to be the right
size to pressure fit on my meko torch and create a very fine
flame for getting into tight spots or for repairing extra fine
Binding wire…Ah, too many uses to mention.