Have you discovered a handy or valuable use in jewelry work for
"something" not intended for jewelry work in the first place? Is
there a “something” used in jewelry work for which you have found
other valuable applications?
I ask this long question in hope of finding some of the little
discoveries we may share with eachother. Please do not limit ideas
to the new or spectacular. For example, here are examples all of
differing qualifications, yet all useful indeed. These examples are
not at all new and are provided to let you know the kinds of ideas I
1.Wite-out or paper correction fluid used as a extremely effective
2.Common commercial “silver dip” used to clean gold filled and to
restore color to discolored solder joints on old gold items.
3.Wide blade, with fine point nurses medical tweezers to substitute
for standard fine point twezers. Heat the shank to create a soft
touch tweezer. Once used to the soft touch and wide finger area, you
will not want to return to narrow watch tweezers again.
4.A watch parts can(or other item) full of water as a heat sink for
delicate gems when soldering. Sure, it is commonplace to use water.
Yet, when just starting, many think commercial “heatshied” is a
must. Truly, there is not a messier way to protect a stone. Water is
so simple and even costs less! Ha!
Thanks. Let those inventive minds stir the pot we share together.