011 Goal Setting, Depression, Tumbling Questions, Wax Remelting, Max Wax Pen

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The JewelryMonk Podcast Episode 11


In this episode, I kick off talking about all the goals I have set for myself and this website for the year 2016. Some of them are:

Updating the Blogpost 2 times a week, Podcasting once a week, and creating a video once a week as well.

I also talked about some personal goals like Exercise, Nutrition, Family, and my Spiritual Journey as well as some Intellectual goals of reading a new book every month.

Question of the Week

I answer a question about tumblers and tumbling techniques. I got a question about the difference between Rotary (barrel) Tumblers and Vibratory Tumblers. Also touch on the difference between different medias and when to use Ceramic Media and when to use Mixed Steel Shot.

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JewelryMonk Tip of the Week

  I share some experimenting I have done with remelting wax parts into wax blocks of different sizes and thicknesses. Some of the things I have learned is that I melt the wax parts with my Digital Hot Plate in a small Nonstick Cake Pan, pop any bubbles that appear, slowly turn down the temp until the wax solidifies, and then turn remove from the heat. This makes the wax blocks uniform and warp less.

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I also talk about an article from theHustle.co called

“Depression, Among Entrepreneurs is an Epidemic Nobody is Talking About.” 

15 Tips for Dealing with Depression


Cool Tool of the Week:

Max Wax Pen


A battery powered wax pen for those of you wax carvers and wax workers.

I like to use this to do quick touch up work, to seam the waxes to the tree, and and fill wax pits from wax injections.

Cordless and portable portable

Powered by one AA battery

Easily carve through wax to create jewelry

Instant heat up to 850-¦ with finger pressure control.

Interchangeable micro tips

Also kicked off a Patreon.com/JewelryMonk page to allow others to help support the JewelryMonk vision


I have spent the last couple of weeks working on, and setting my goals for 2016

Setting goals is one thing, but until I move on them, they are just goals……Hesitancy kills

SO my quote for the week, American naturalist John Burroughs put it this way,

“Leap and the net will appear.”

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4 Responses to 011 Goal Setting, Depression, Tumbling Questions, Wax Remelting, Max Wax Pen

  1. Stephanie January 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    Very cool about melting wax evenly. Thanks for the tip! And I love my battery powered wax pen, it’s a very handy tool to have for wax carving!

  2. Doug Napier January 12, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    Thanks Stephanie. Hope all is well with ya.

  3. magda March 18, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    Hi Doug,

    I have recently stumbled on you site and podcast. Really enjoying it so far.
    I really like your unique approach of combining technical and lifestyle tips. This one definitely hits home.
    Looking forward to more.

    • Doug Napier March 18, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

      Thank you, glad you found the site.