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Need Help - Dop Stick Wax Won't Stick

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« on: August 23, 2009, 12:31:20 pm »

I started roughly a month ago with Cabochon. I was taught to dop with a nail and super glue.
Well after a few times I decided to try wax from a dop pot with light bulbs to warm stone and wax.
Wax I used was a dark green brownish tone.
There are a few different colors for different applications. I don't want to add links just Google Dop Wax.

I decided to make use of my little alcohol lamp at home.
I retrieved from our recycle bin a B&M baked bean can and a Tuna can.
I removed all labels and cut a long circle in the side of can. This allows the alcohol to slide inside under the Tuna can.  Add a few knife slash's for air vents in the side or use an awl.

I mounted the Tuna can with  Loctite super gel let it stand roughly 24 hours.
I warmed a pan for Cabs. I place a little wax on cab in pan. Then I placed the  wooden dowels in tuna wax area. Stir wax and try to circle it around dowel then place  dowel on wax of cab that is in the warmed pan sitting on a wood cutting board.
Don't over heat your cabs.
Be sure you protect your area for fire and injury's use caution.

I do use a small plastic nut container that is filled with ice frozen to wet my fingers.
I find that I don't have to be fancy with my wax around the dowel.

My cabs seem to hold fine for my preformed cabs.
This picture was taken day after wax was solid state.
Those cabs had no problems of coming off dop sticks.
When finished I place them in ice box or cooled ice water. Backs of cabs are much cleaner to me then Super Glues.
It seems like no wax is really wasted reused add a little new.


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