OK, if you have been around JewelryMonk.com for very long, you know I really enjoy making or modifying my own tools. I have touched on this tool before, but today I will show you how to make a little sandpaper holder to get into those tight spots.
I always seem to have Brazing Rod around and fortunately, you can get brazing rod (or brass rod) in 3/32″ diameter, which just so happens to be the standard size shank for most burs, and my #10 Quick Change Foredom Handpiece. So I cut a few pieces off, about an inch long, I make one with a flat end and one with a tapered end. I use an old #4 Flat Hand File for this. I also clean the brass up by spinning it in my Foredom and holding a piece of 600 GritSandpaper to the brass.
I next mount the brass piece in a Pin Vise and use a Saw Frame to cut the slit in the end. I use a 3/0 Saw Blade. This can be tricky, so I make my first mark carefully. I draw the blade about 3 times at about a 45 degree angle, then cut from the opposite side, taking about 3 cuts. I repeat this till I have cut a slit about 1/2 inch long.
Now add a small strip of Sandpaper, I have a few of these around with 320, 400, and 600 grit sandpaper for different uses. If the sandpaper doesn’t stay firmly in the split end of the brass, you can squeeze the end together slightly to add a little “pinch” of the paper. These little tools can get into tight areas, sand small pieces, and clean up inside of settings like a dream.
Thanks for following along on this journey with me and putting up with my “Tool Geekery”
Now go make today a good one!
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