Okay… at the risk of extending this thread beyond its useful
life… ad infinitum, ad nauseum… another question has been itching
at my scalp as a result of this feedback.
Several of our friends have suggested that they might rub the solid
Burr Life down the coil before inserting into the cutting jig. Sorry
for those of you not familiar with the product… its Rio Grande’s
version of beeswax (plus) or cutting oil, depending on whether its
the solid or liquid. Good stuff, but there are conventional
Anyway, back to the point… one of the minor quirks I’ve been
dealing with is getting the coil to lay with the orientation I want.
I always roll it in from the side, with the top plate just loosened.
In order to really control the placement, I’d have to completely
remove the top plate. Seems like a lot of wasted effort screwing and
unscrewing. I noted that my screws have a hex head, and I thought I
could gain efficiency by using my cordless drill with a hex bit to do
it quickly, but didn’t think the addition of another tool would gain
me that much time. Is that what you folks are doing… completely
removing the top plate? If not, how do you position the coil with
the lubricated area in the slot?
P.S. In my conversation with Ray Grossman, he pointed out that they
are coming out with a ring sized Jump Ringer for doing the same thing
with patterned wire for making simple finger and toe rings. I can
also see other uses for these ring sized mandrels! It uses the great
suggestion someone made the other day about cutting with a wooden
dowel inside the coil to provide support. I may try that with the
jump rings anyway. This new setup can be seen in Rio’s latest
catalog…along with a new winder with different shaped mandrels.
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)