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Keep two or three saw frames at your bench with different size sawblades in each one. Color-code the handle with spray paint so that you can easily keep them separate. Then. regardless of the work, you will always have a saw with the proper size blade ready to use.
Always work just below the center of the buff wheel while polishing. Never raise the jewelry above a horizontal line even with the motor spindle, or lower it too far below. Both of these situations will cause the wheel to grab the item from your hand.
When filing, let the file do the work. It is not necessary to use excessive force. Roughing out should be done quickly. For speedy filing the answer is in method, not muscle. As finer files are used, a lighter stroke is needed. In finishing the job a delicate touch or feel for the work is needed, and makes the difference between a superior and a mediocre job.
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