I have a bench mate. I needed a better system to set large solid
backed settings for coin rings.
Got a wooden bench pin and cut straight into it a slot 8 mm wide and
30 mm long and another off it at right angel 8 mm wide and 30 mm
long. Lets me hold the ring and gives it good support when setting.
Just take out my bench mate wooden pin and put this one in.
Also I glued a rubber bench pin to the T section that came with the
bench mate. Great for giving traction when filing or setting
pendants. No slip. Just put it in metal bench mate jaws and tighten.
Also use the metal ring holder to hold jump ring mandrels when
sawing them off.
Store my most precious tools, dapping set, mandrels, ring bender etc
in a guitar case $120 sits on an old table.
It is full of silica gel packets and sprayed well with Inox. Keep my
files in an old wooden bread box with silica gel and sprayed with
Inox is like WD40 but no fish smell.
My daughter took photos of some of my jewellery, guess who just
cleaned the whole lot? There was some customer ‘residue’ left on some
pieces. Also had been lazy and rinsed in town water after using the
Ionic JCR cleaner. Now have replenished rinse bath with demineralized
water and methylated spirits.
The methylated spirits breaks the surface tension of the water and
dries spot free. Also dry the jewellery with generic tissues so cheap
no chemicals in them, so fancy residue.