First, I have to tell you that I am a working jeweler for over 25
years and have been teaching over 20 years. It’s a pretty rare day
that I find something new that is cheap, easy and really makes my
life easier. I just had one of those discoveries a few days ago and
I thought I would share it with my Orchid friends.
A student came to me with a drawing that he wanted to attach to metal
to saw it out. I recommend a series of answers to transfer the
drawing to metal so the student can choose what works best for
him/her and have alternatives:
double sided tape
cut the pattern out and trace around it
draw directly on the metal with pencil or permanent pen
carbon paper (if you can find any)
When I went digging through my tool box to find double sided tape or
rubber cement, I came up dry… I had masking tape, but that isn’t a
great answer… and I had a glue stick. Yes, one of those plain,
cheap, smear it on the paper and glue something on it. I gave him
the glue stick, told him that I had no idea whether or not it would
hold the paper in place on metal, but it was the best I had to offer
at the moment and sent him on his way. He came back a few minutes
later with the piece cut out and said it worked like a champ…
then, I have done some experimenting with it and have found that
It holds the paper very securely to the metal.
The paper comes off the metal fairly easily leaving little residue.
The residue that remains is water soluble (just rinse it off) and
the metal is perfectly clean.
Now I realize that this is not an earth shattering discovery, but it
was one of those forehead slapping moments for me and I hope some of
you can benefit from my “discovery” – then again, maybe everyone
else already knows and I just missed it all these years!! I am
grateful for all I have learned on Orchid and I hope this offering