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    Default Cleaning jump rings

    Hi,

    What is the best (and easiest to clean off) lubricant to use when cutting jump rings (using Koil Kutter and jeweller's saw)?

    Also, a tumbler question:

    What's the best way to clean the stainless steel shot and tumbler barrel after tumbling?

    Regards,

    Vi

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    1) tumbler and barrelbrite / barrelling compound
    2) if you use barrelbrite / barrelling compound you don't need to do any more than rinse and replace the water.

    (both of these assume you're using bur life or wax type lubricant)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    1) tumbler and barrelbrite / barrelling compound
    2) if you use barrelbrite / barrelling compound you don't need to do any more than rinse and replace the water.

    (both of these assume you're using bur life or wax type lubricant)
    Hi George,

    Many thanks for the info.

    I tried cutting using olive oil on the coil, and then I tried beeswax.

    I got my tumbler from PMC Studio, Amersham, Bucks and it came with 500g of 'Tumbler Soap', but even after 2 hours tumbling the rings are still feel/look greasy.

    Regards,

    Vi

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    Hmm. I use bur life, half a teaspoon of barrelbrite or barrelling compound, and I have absolutely spotless rings in 15 minutes. Are you using a LOT of beeswax?

    Not sure what else to suggest other than trying a different barrelling medium. There's still jut time to get some barrelbrite on freepost!

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    Thanks for the info.

    I've ordered some BarrelBrite and will give that a go.

    I also ordered some more Koil Kutter blades from Dave Arens and asked him what he used, and he said that he always uses washing-up liquid as a lubricant!

    Regards,

    Vi

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    A lot of the guys in the US use washing up liquid - but it needs to be absolutely additive free (no fragrance, no bleach substitutes, no antibac). It's easier to just use the right thing imo!

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    I fully agree with Dave, I too use what every dish washing liquid is handy, nothing special and have done for many years. Although I do sometimes use Barrel Bright Plus occasionally.

    Quote Originally Posted by SilverPlayer View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    I've ordered some BarrelBrite and will give that a go.

    I also ordered some more Koil Kutter blades from Dave Arens and asked him what he used, and he said that he always uses washing-up liquid as a lubricant!

    Regards,

    Vi

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