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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2009 07:55:18 AM »

you can get parafin wax at the grocery store in the canning supplies section, its called parowax.  The box says you can use it for candles, preserving (old style where you put a layer of wax on top of your jam to seal it), waxing skis, lubricant on zippers, sliding windows and drawers.  I've often used an old candle to wax screws too.

Maybe sewing machine lubricant would work to oil a wheel?  I didn't bother to buy wheel oil when I got my wheel because I figured I could find something that would work like WD40.  Now I'm thinking I should have since I also live in a smallish town (we actually have a little walmart but its amazing what common things you just can't find here.  I've spent many a day fruitlessly looking for something so exotic as black elastic  Roll Eyes)
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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2009 11:05:30 AM »

Okay on the topic of petroleum jelly (aka vaseline) this is what I found
"Chesebrough took the unrefined black "rod wax", as the drillers called it, back to his laboratory to refine it and explore potential uses. Chesebrough discovered that by distilling the lighter, thinner oil products from the rod wax, he could create a light-colored gel."  ~wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_jelly#Uses)
If it was used as a lubricant on rods in the oil field, unrefined, but still...  it would work on a rod on the spinning wheel.....   Now you could melt it down to reach the parts that can't be reached by the fingers too, right?  and it's a relative of the mineral oil.... 
Anyone know of a reason why not? 

and as to sewing machine lube, that could possibly work too, I can't see why not.  its generally more expensive from what I hear, but I can't get it here anyway. 
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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2009 02:44:01 PM »

 Smiley ..........I'm have crafting ocd.............LOL.............so I keep sewing machine oil ...............the only thing I use if I run out is a basic 3-in-1 oil..........(most of the time you can find this fairly on the cheap in grocery stores if you live in smalltown, USA)  ..........I'm not sure what the base for a machine oil is exactly (petroleum based I believe).......but the main reason I use them is because they're specifically engineered to prevent dust build-up while lubricating.  I also know that they are silicone-free.........(silicone can build up over time..........just ask anyone who uses Pantene shampoo......)

I personally prefer the Singer sewing machine oil to any other...........(most other oils contain an odor I detest)..........and I've noticed that it seems superior to the 3-in-1 in that I don't have to use it as often..... Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2009 04:09:38 PM »

I think I've read somewhere that sewing machine oil will work on wheels. 

I've used (once) Murphy's wood oil.  I'm not sure if this is okay or not.  I'm interested in seeing where this discussion goes.
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« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2009 03:11:07 PM »

I'm surprised I've never heard of anyone using a dry lubricant.  I use "lock lubricant" aka powdered graphite on the moving parts of my espinner.  It works great, lasts a long time (I only have to lube once ever 2 weeks or so), and best of all IT DOESN'T DRIP!!
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« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2009 03:17:01 PM »

where could one generally find lock lubricant aka powdered graphite?   At a hardware store?
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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2009 06:35:04 AM »

I'm totally amused, when I got each of my spinning wheels I some how ended up wit a bottle of oil with each! I also sew so I've got another bottle there!

I would recommend NOT NOT NOT using WD-40!! In reality, it's not a lubricant! It can also turn into super glue at high speeds. I don't know if a spinning wheel gets fast enough (but I for sure don't want to check!). I've heard of the sewing machine that is now a boat anchor because the insides fused together with WD-40!
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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2009 07:54:58 AM »

OMG  WD-40 will turn into super glue??!?!?!?!  yikes. 
 I still haven't  oiled my wheel, because I've yet to find anything that is suitable her in my tiny town.  But I will be taking a trip to the "city" on thursday, so I'll buy some then and hopefully get back at the wheel then!
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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2009 06:47:38 PM »

where could one generally find lock lubricant aka powdered graphite?   At a hardware store?

I get mine at Home Depot, where they cut keys.  I suppose you could find it most places you can get keys made.  HTH!
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« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2009 07:14:55 PM »

ah k.not in my piddly town then.  Good thing I'm going to the "city"soon LoL
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