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Old 2014-06-27, 1:46pm
Heather Sellers Heather Sellers is offline
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Default securing the key without trapping air

Locking Hemostats also work for grabbing the hollow key shank, instead of bead release. I don't have a good pair for keys, so I use the bead release. I also prefer the key to be on the same axis as the mandrel.

You can drip or carefully pour the release into the opening of the key's barrel , then insert a dipped mandrel. The excess release will drip out the end of the mandrel. Gently heat the key in a low flame while the bead release dries. The air will bubble out on it's own

The technique also works great on stainless steel thread bobbins. A student and I tried it last class session. Too fun!
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