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Tweezer aid

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It occurred to me while looking at a photo today that I'd meant to tell you folks about an idea I had years ago, and have been using that idea ever since. I was adding some tiny pre-painted parts to a model using tweezers, but kept scratching/marring the paint.

 

My solution was to plunge the tweezer ends into hot candle wax, let cool, then use the waxed tips to grab the small bits. This also had/has the side benefit of allowing the soft wax to grab the part easier, as the wax is ever so tacky, but not so much as to mar the surface of the part being handled. Once finished, I just slip the wax tips off, and throw them back in with the candle wax that's already melted, for reuse on another day.

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Very nice!

 

For small parts I've actually turned to small pliers instead of tweezers. Seems to be less slippage (or unplanned cross-garage launches) with the pliers, but that wax tip should work regardless.

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Kev,

    Great idea.  I had a piece of PE fly off into the ether yesterday.  Next time, I'll be using the wax!

 

Gaz

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