I have on hand a large amount of lapidary dop wax, but I don't
know if this is the same wax that I need. I also need to know of a
source for the fixture upon which the wax is
the traditional stuff was, and for some folks still is, orange flake
shellac. cheap enough at jewelry tools places.
but for simple bezels, your lapidary dop wax should also work fine.
it’s based on shellac too, but has fillers, melts a bit lower, and
isn’t quite as hard and rigid. For bezels, it normally will be fine.
Put it on whatever you like. Normally for something to be held in
the hand, a piece of broomstick sized dowel or the like works just
fine. i’ve got an old file handle with the metal ferule removed that
comes in handy a lot, as well as several other odd scraps of wood
dowel or whatever that get used for this. All were just salvaged as
scrap wood from somewhere, save one that’s a nice handle with a wider
turned pad on the end for holding down larger items. But it’s larger
size makes it often a bit cumbersome, so it only gets used when
nothing else works. Put a wad of the wax on the end, like any other
dopstick, and imbed your item in the wax, just like dopping a stone.
If you need to clamp it in a vise or engravers ball, then a smaller
flat sided block of wood, like a scrap of two by four will work just
fine. In both cases, use enough wax so it overlaps over the corners
and edges of the wood, rather than just being stuck down to just a