Hello all, I have completed a few gems using just CA glue. But I have a few larger gems as well as a trillion where there will be gaps that I know will be too big to fill with just CA glue.
I have the Tom Herbst books and he suggests “bridging the gap” of leaving an impression in wax and then gluing to the impression. I tried searching here and on other forums for more info but nobody has given a description beyond that.
Whenever I try to leave the impression of the Pavillion in wax, the wax winds up pulling up with the gem as I remove it from the cone and I wind up with no impression and a mess. Any suggestions? I even tried leaving the gem in the fridge for a minute before attempting to ensure the wax wouldn’t stick to it (cheap lemon quartz no worries about thermal shock). If anyone has any suggestions to get this technique down it is much appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time time to read and answer.