If you notice, there is just the edge of a shot glass in one of the photos - LOL
I keep the tools standing in alcohol until I'm ready to flame sterilize.
Then I rest them on the edges of the shot glass to cool in the airstream.
Great minds all think alike.
Also, I use a soldering torch for flame sterilization. It gets that metal red-hot pretty quick. And if you've shaken off all the alcohol, you're less likely to set the plastic scalpel handles on fire.
I'm impressed by the clay working tool set. Never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing.........everyone........and welcome to the party BigTexas. You're fitting right in already.
For my last tip and trick:
I too, use surgical scalpels. I re-use them over and over. The blades get smutty over time.
The smut can be polished off with a scotch-brite pad and some comet. It leaves the blades shiny and new in case you forget to remove them from the alcohol bath one day and come back to find them corroded or rusty.
Thats awesome! figured it was common. lol
Hobby lobby also has a clay carving kits more $$ though, I think they have a loop in theirs. I was just walking through the store and spotted those, and asked myself why would I NOT get these? Got tired of plastic/wood handled tools really quick. These are made from 420HC stainless steel and wont rust.