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[954] Bench Tip: Use a Split Mandrel for Finishing Round Bezels
A bench jeweler typically uses a split mandrel to sand and finish the inside of a ring. Various grits of abrasive papers can be cut to size and inserted into the slit of the mandrel, where they are held by friction during the rotary filing process. With minor modification, you can use the split mandrel as a holding device to finish round bezels and other small jewelry components quickly and consistently..... (2011)
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[942] Transform an Old Burr into a New Burnisher
Jewelers have been going green for many years by recycling old or worn-out tools into something new and useful. Setting burrs, normally used to cut seats in prongs, can´t be used once they become worn or damaged. But instead of throwing them away, you can create a new tool called a rotary burnisher to repair solder pits or minor surface porosity on a casting.... (2011)
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[937] Turn an Old Brush into a Whip Burnisher
A worn-out bristle brush can easily be recycled into a useful tool called a whip burnisher or rotary hammer to improve or even eliminate minor imperfections and surface porosity in castings and other metal surfaces.... (2011)
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