Abstract

Common duct tape can be used to inexpensively and conveniently fashion a manipulator to polish thin sections. This procedure has two parts: (1) affixing a piece of duct tape to the back of the thin section and (2) affixing a handle composed of folded duct tape to the tape applied in step one. This produces a manipulator that remains attached to the glass slide under wet conditions. When polishing is completed, the duct tape can be removed easily from the glass slide. This method improves manual dexterity during polishing and reduces loss of, or damage to, thin sections. Materials needed for this procedure are duct tape and a single-edge razor blade. Both items are inexpensive and easily obtained.

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