I often use a wax pen to heat a stone and seat it in the wax. This
is especially true when the stone has concave facets along the
girdle. Yet every time I do, a part of me winces and chides for not
being a good enough carver to avoid this technique. I dislike
stressing the poor stone with heat, and threatening it’s clear table
with the hard mean metal of the wax pen seperated only by a thin
layer of molten wax. Sure, there are stones like diamond and saphire
that can readily handle this treatment, but I apply this crutch to
all sorts of stones. I will try to wean myself with a wax dipping
It makes me wonder what other techniques out there are on the iffy
side. It would be nice to know before becoming dependant on them.
Are there any tricks you once used, but discarded as being off or
wrong or risky?
Or do I have it backward? Perhaps there are no hackish techniques,
only hacks who abuse perfectly good ones.