Jeffrey I use wet toilet paper or even better cotton wool I
thought I was the only one to try this even my brother won't.
Its great very cheap and not messy, when I was an apprentice we
were trained to immerse the ring in wet sand,but it loses to
much heat and messy.
I also use toilet tissue, cotton wool, or anything around me
that will hold water well and form to the jewelry. I also keep
some water and an eyedropper handy so I can keep the tissue wet.
This is about the only method I've tried that really works. I buy
Heat Shield(?) from Gesswein and use that sometimes.
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