OK Orchidland, share all your cool ideas!
I never throw out old burs (but then again I can’t seem to throw out
anything before taking it apart to see if there is something
salvageable in there that may come in handy someday- good thing I
have a huge, 1,200 sq. ft. studio!). I make scribes from broken burs-
put the bur in the flex shaft and spin it on sandpaper sticks to
shape it into a scribe that is much thinner/ pointie= r than what you
can buy in the catalogs. I mount it in a tapered 3/8=B2 dowel o= r a
pin vise. (I love double ended pin vises with reversible collets. I
use this scribe for all my layout work- on metal and wax.
Make another scribe like above- then take to the polisher to give it
a mirror polish surface. You can put this in your flex shaft and use
it as an awesome burnisher to get into little tight areas to be
smoothed. You can also put it in a pin vise and burnish with it by
hand. I have these in many sizes and shapes.
I make wax carving tools from old burs- take a snap on disc and
grind a diagonal face on the end of the bur.
My buddy, Blaine Lewis was just here teaching Advanced Stone
Setting- he has some great ideas of what to do with old burs- come
on Blaine- tell all!
HTH, Kate Wolf- Workshops at Wolf Designs- offering dynamic workshops
by leading instructors, in spectacular Portland, Maine. (Shameless