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Need Help - Dop Stick Wax Won't Stick

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« on: August 24, 2009, 12:11:24 am »

OK, new/old debate.

*Wax is recyclable, glues are not.

What are the pros and cons of either use?

In my opinion,
*Wax has a higher degree of "not sticking to the darn stone" as posted in this thread as the original question.
 This I believe has three points of failure,
1: not enough heat which can come from both ones environment, and technique,
2: not cleaned thoroughly of oil as Ajo notes, also part of technique
3: humidity, Iíve noticed in the dry season, cabs stick well, and when the monsoons come in, they donít.
 Wax generally has use for a hobbyist, and production cutter. But it does take time to figure out ones technique I feel, and then you can still have problems. I only use wax for small stones, or a stone I am afraid I will have a problem with it in any way to its mounting. That could be a soft stone, or brittle stone.

*Glues are, in my opinion easier to use, and about the same cost. However, glues also require a little, getting used to. But it may be easier in most cases with less stone failure when cutting. That's about all there is for glue. Itís faster to in my opinion when production cutting. Just as messy as wax I think.

I perfer cutting without a dopstick at all either. But there are limits there when cutting high domes, or inner sharp angles.
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