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  • Goldsmith's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:58 PM
    I have always made my own chasing tools using silver steel rods. I use the same method of hardening and tempering as I use when preparing my scorpers...
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  • NickD's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:29 AM
    NickD replied to a thread Home-made steel tools in Question Time
    Before you temper you need to harden so if you skip this you remain with the steel you initially softened prior to shaping
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  • china's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:06 AM
    china replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    Ok you got me! I polish the sporran chain, buckle and pin just get a wipe over over with a treated cloth, but they are Argentium and do not require...
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • CJ57's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:42 AM
    CJ57 replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    I think that’s all it should need. If it’s washed occasionally and is kept fresh then a light cloth occasionally to remove any light tarnish should...
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  • Ruedeleglise's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 10:06 PM
    Most interesting. A basic question results in different views. I guess it depends upon your particular view point. Mine was that people acquire an...
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  • Ruedeleglise's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 10:04 PM
    Most interesting. A basic question results in different views. I guess it depends upon your particular view point. Mine was that people acquire an...
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • CJ57's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 06:33 PM
    CJ57 replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    I don’t bother about rings as everyday use does the cleaning for you but I’d want a dress piece to be looking good otherwise why would you dress up...
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • china's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 03:46 PM
    china replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    I see patina different to dirt, clean it by all means just don't polish the heck out of it, but then again every one is different so I suppose we...
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • china's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 03:40 PM
    china replied to a thread Home-made steel tools in Question Time
    You would be able to get away without tempering when using on soft metals, not tempering makes the tool prone to chipping, if you drop the tool on a...
    15 replies | 464 view(s)
  • CJ57's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 03:24 PM
    CJ57 replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    Must be a man thing as I like my jewellery to look as good as new otherwise why would I wear special pieces if it had built up patina, to me that’s...
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • NickD's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 02:50 PM
    NickD replied to a thread Home-made steel tools in Question Time
    Theres a great book Evaz .Its"Chasing and Repousse: Methods Ancient and Modern", by Nancy Megan Corwin. Re steel, Allen keys can be bought in job...
    15 replies | 464 view(s)
  • ps_bond's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 11:56 AM
    A quick & easy method to bring in the top edge of a bowl is to sink it - stick it on its side, use a stump (or block of end-grain pine, for example)...
    1 replies | 54 view(s)
  • dksilver's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 11:01 AM
    HI Id like to learn how to bring in the top of a metal bowl... I have been teaching myself how to rais a metal bowl, using copper/silver. i...
    1 replies | 54 view(s)
  • china's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 05:18 AM
    china replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    I agree 100% Dennis, unfortunately convincing some individuals is like trying to find the end of of a rainbow.
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • ps_bond's Avatar
    12-08-2020, 04:00 AM
    Silver steel is fairly tolerant of repeated heat treating, but if you overheat it during the tempering you'll need to go back to the first step of...
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  • EvaZ's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 08:19 PM
    EvaZ replied to a thread Home-made steel tools in Question Time
    Thank you :ta:
    15 replies | 464 view(s)
  • Dennis's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 07:28 PM
    Dennis replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    The jewellery you wear develops a patina, which is personal to you. So it is counterproductive to bring it up like new. Dennis.
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • Dennis's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 07:24 PM
    Dennis replied to a thread Home-made steel tools in Question Time
    Hi Eva. Chasing and repussť tools benefit from tempering in that they will keep their shape for longer, but as they are not subsected to great...
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  • EvaZ's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 06:46 PM
    EvaZ replied to a thread Home-made steel tools in Question Time
    Hi James, nice hot evening and I thought I would make my chasing tools and according to your instructions.. all has gone well i think but maybe...
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  • CJ57's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 06:22 PM
    CJ57 replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    The washing up liquid used in the jewellery dept at ECA was probably industrial strength green stuff. As strong as needed to take off the rouge and...
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • Petal's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 05:22 PM
    Petal replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    I use Town Talk silver cloths and find they bring things up to a good shine. If using washing up liquid, I always use a good quality one, rather...
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • CJ57's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 03:12 PM
    CJ57 replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    I agree with Bob. Washing up liquid on a soft sponge keeps it fresh and grease free as general maintenance.Then a silver cloth such as Goddard...
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • china's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 01:33 PM
    china replied to a thread Maintenance polish in Question Time
    For home maintenance, I would recommend warm soap and water with a "soft" brush thoroughly dry, then polish with a Jewellery polishing cloth...
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • Ruedeleglise's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 12:28 PM
    I have been asked recently by people what polish to use to keep silver / brass/ gold jewellery bright and shiny. I have used MAAS for a long time on...
    13 replies | 152 view(s)
  • Sheen's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 11:55 AM
    Flush setting yes? Sounds like if i get my tube settings to work I'll also be able to do flush ones too. What a great thought:) I've heard that if...
    5 replies | 125 view(s)
  • misspond's Avatar
    11-08-2020, 08:53 AM
    Ooh, looking forward to seeing what you do Sheena. When I've set little cabs (not in tubes mind, just in little nuggets of melted silver) I use a...
    5 replies | 125 view(s)
  • Dennis's Avatar
    10-08-2020, 06:43 PM
    Hi Sheena, A professional would probably not bother with so many gadgets, but sensible gadgets, will solve problems for you. Try setting some tiny...
    5 replies | 125 view(s)
  • Sheen's Avatar
    10-08-2020, 03:20 PM
    Hi Dennis, always on hand with the knowledge. Thankyou :) I've never done flush setting, just prong and bezel setting. But I've watched some videos...
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  • Dennis's Avatar
    10-08-2020, 03:10 PM
    Hi Sheena, If you have mastered flush setting, then tube setting will be easy. The secret is to choose your tubing, so that you have no more than...
    5 replies | 125 view(s)
  • conjensen's Avatar
    10-08-2020, 02:56 PM
    Thanks again. I have persevered with my mallet and mandrel, and have achieved size R from P and a half. I have learnt a lot, and next time will buy...
    4 replies | 128 view(s)
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