My good intentions of going home and soldering ends on the copper pipe pieces last night went bust - babysitting the grandkids and was tired.
All I did was to dip two pairs of the sample earrings in the new sealer I bought -
I take some of my copper wire and make hooks to hook through the connection hole on the top of the earring,(they are reusable ) then the other end I put another hook to hang to dry on a rod in front of a fan (helps speed up the drying time - which is pretty fast on its own) -I dip the earrings while on the wire right into the can - dangle to let drip- sort of touch the side to get the last drops - once dipped just hang and take a piece of paper towel and slightly touch the bottom - this wicks away any drip forming at the bottom. I am dipping twice for protection. Totally love this stuff. (but I butchered the tin when I opened it - I have to ask how to properly open as it has one of those protective plastic rings and shows some sort of tool to remove - and trying to open the tin I kept ripping the lid ) so much easier than the wax and buffing I was doing.
I LOVE THIS STUFF
so easy to use and drys fast. I found when I googled someone suggesting the Rio Sealer - but they also suggested this sealer -which I got locally from Sculpture Supply in Toronto. If you go to their site : http://www.permalac.com/permalacef.asp you can buy direct from them in Pennsylvania and they have a distributor list as well.
Someone asked me about the swage tool (as I called it) and where to get (sometines called a U-bender block, bending block ) - Rio Grande has them and Metalliferous has the one I have - Metalliferous if you do not know is one of my favorite places to get my copper stampings and other items - Brass, Aluminum, copper etc... they carry just about everything.
Here is the link to the bending block: