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Thread: Stem Repair - Tips, Ideas And Experiments

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    That looks so much better already! You can lay some glue on the button to build that back up a bit as well.

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    Thanks Joe. It is coming along

    Here's a better photo of the damage before I touched it:


    And here's where it is now, after lots of layering, forming, layering, shaping, etc:


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    Greg, looks like it's getting there. Do you have any nail files? They can come in very handy for shaping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    Greg, looks like it's getting there. Do you have any nail files? They can come in very handy for shaping.
    Thank you. Yes, I have a few but I really need to get those foam-backed ones - if I can ever remember when I'm out to actually pick them up. :(

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    CVS, Walgreens, etc. They are very useful working "on edge" to sharpen up the button.

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    I used the new gorilla glue mixed with charcoal. It dried into a clump instantly, but I was able to work it. I don't know, maybe I need the original gorilla glue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Laug View Post
    Joyal you might set up a topping board set up and work the stem either end down against the sandpaper. Once you get a good buildup you can put it in your container. I have used that method in the past when I used vulcanite dust and epoxy to repair stems. It generates a fine dust fairly quickly.
    There are things jewelry makers use to file and collect gold dust. You put a hand in each end and work the piece. These could be used to collect your dust/particles and when done pour into your container. A place called Rio Grande jewelry supply site might have them.

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    Two really great videos from George Dibos,




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    And another interesting one from pipe maker Kurt Huhn,


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    For George, if it wasn't perfect - it was wrong!

    See also:

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    http://glpease.com/BriarAndLeaf/?p=52#more-52
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