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 Post subject: Hello all ! Roller here dopping question .
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:39 am 
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Hello all .. I am looking forward to being apart of this forum .. Some of you might know me from the rth forum as roller or Greg . I recently bought a graves mark 4 and I am expanding in my hobby .I currently make cabs , drill , cut , and very little beginner silver work .. I see this forum is geared torwards gemology so I think I found the right place .. While my teacher is away in Tuscon my new machine arrived .. seems everything I dopped breaks off .. I read all the topics here on dopping but didnt try any different way besides the regular heat the dop and wax up way .. but still cant figure out what exactly iam doing wrong .. I am heating them both up both the stone and dopstick as much as i can .. even wearing gloves since i grinded my fingers down with my new 360 .. i was using a black spinel and then even tried with a opal which held pretty good but i could still pop it off with finger pressure if i wanted to .. ima using an alcohol flame .. heating up the dopstick and the wax at the same time then scooping wax on the end .. then i heat the stone till i see it sweat a lil and at the same time heat the stick then apply them together and then maybe heat a lil while centering the stone ... any ideas???? anyone ???


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 Post subject: Re: Hello all ! Roller here dopping question .
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:52 am 
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hi and WELCOME to the forum!!! :D
i think that if you wanna be sure your question would be read you must post it in the lapidary section..... :wink:
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 Post subject: Re: Hello all ! Roller here dopping question .
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Alberto's right, you will find a lot of helpful people in the 'lapidary corner' for this type of question (dopping method is a popular and hotly contested topic over there). I will say you may want to consider using super glue. I use a high quality cyanoacrylic made by 3M. I also had problems with stones popping off the dop when I tried to use wax, I haven't looked back since I switched to CAs.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello all ! Roller here dopping question .
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:41 pm 
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thank u ill post over there .. nice contra luz


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