FG'sS Don't! It probably won't soften the glue but more likely
damage the stones. Where doesn't info like that come from?
As a Lapidary I use 5min Super Strength Epoxy exclusively as a dop.
I don’t like shellac or dop wax. So I have to use open flame or hot
water to loosen stones from dop sticks. Hint: don’t boil, but heat in
a pan of water. Start cold to prevent temperature shock.Let the water
and stones heat on Medium until the water forms slight bubbles and
gives off a bit of steam and test. If not loosened by now heat a bit
I’ve only ever damaged opal this way. The glue was still
sufficiently strong to pull off part of the stone on disconnect.
Similarly kyanite and emerald or any non-quartz stone with lots of
cracks may pull up leaving some material in the glue but if your
stones are solid, you shouldn’t have a problem. Don’t plunge them in
cold water to cool them after you heat them though. Let them air
Now I don’t know what stones you have, but if these stones are of
quartz or cryptocrystalline quartz (chalcedony) you shouldn’t have a
problem. However, if you do boil them accidentally, make sure its not
for very long. Colored quartz can loose it’s color. I turned smoky
quartz into rock crystal by leaving it on the stove.
Any but the most heat sensitive stones should be safe. Heat, do not
boil! I can’t say for sure, but you should be ok.
“Attack” works well, but it is not a safe product by any means. I
Personally, I have had no real issues with heating stones in water.
The opal I mentioned was a victim of impatience.