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    Thank you everyone for liking the rockhoppers. ...

    Thank you everyone for liking the rockhoppers.

    I'm pretty sure there wasn't any beer.

    They live outside the EU, so anything of value would have hit them with custom charges.

    Adding the...
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    The Rockhoppers Wedding.

    This is a memento for long term partners, getting married late in life. Its hardly jewellery, but I thought you might like to see it anyhow.

    The crests are made from cable. The eyes are sparkly...
  3. Thread: Tripoli problem

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    The first line of defence is a hood to fit your...

    The first line of defence is a hood to fit your polishing lathe. Even a primitive one made from a box will catch a significant amount of splatter.

    For a pendant motor, working inside a cut down,...
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    Some engraving is too geometrical for my taste....

    Some engraving is too geometrical for my taste. This is soft and beautiful. Definitely an heirloom piece. Dennis.
  5. Well, it's not easy, but can be done with...

    Well, it's not easy, but can be done with patience. It needs to have a near perfect fit and have a tiny upstanding edge to turn in on the stone.

    I would trace around the upside down stone on the...
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    Thank you Deb. I had a spell of making stuff like...

    Thank you Deb. I had a spell of making stuff like that by cutting out blanks and then carving them. The fins were soldered on afterwards and the body bent to a curve. I gave up snake chain as too...
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    I use tungsten carbide burrs like this one below...

    I use tungsten carbide burrs like this one below from Walsh. They need to be run a little faster than ordinary steel ones.

    As I make one offs, carving them in metal saves me going to a caster, but...
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    As I make one offs Sheena, I have found it...

    As I make one offs Sheena, I have found it simplest to carve things out of thick sheet using burrs. If four legs are involved, I have used two sheets and soldered them together, to get the...
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    Hammerite, direct to rust is good stuff. No...

    Hammerite, direct to rust is good stuff. No undercoat needed they say.

    Some years back when I went on a pressing course at the Cass in Whitechapel, the workshop had just been refurbished. The...
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    No, I dont think so Sheena. For stamping, you...

    No, I dont think so Sheena. For stamping, you learn the sort of tap that's right with your particular hammer. Similarly with an arbour press. With a hydraulic press you have very little feedback, and...
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    Dear Sheena, your unusual questions all centre...

    Dear Sheena, your unusual questions all centre around how to solder something in the neatest possible way.
    The only thing is to do the repeated and long winded experiments, maybe partly with copper...
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    There's quite a bit on Etsy, but perhaps that's...

    There's quite a bit on Etsy, but perhaps that's the one you find too dear.

    Many of us here avoid medium solder as not flowing well, so you might also consider the hard from metal clays:...
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    Sale of hydraulic presses.

    Proops Brothers are not often mentioned on the forum, but they sell a number of useful items at low prices. In the past I have recommended their selection of collet mandrels as a bargain buy.
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    Thank you Alastair. In a way I'm perverting the...

    Thank you Alastair. In a way I'm perverting the use of this jewellery forum, by showing acrylics, but that is what I mainly make these days. Dennis.
  15. Hi Natalie and welcome. It's quite common for...

    Hi Natalie and welcome. It's quite common for solders not being a good match, even more so if the casting gold is from a different source.

    To hide the solder used to attach a jump ring, be very...
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    Thank you Caroline and David. Caroline, the...

    Thank you Caroline and David.

    Caroline, the base layer is purple, and you will see best on my reverse picture how the feet are part of that

    Yes David, I was tempted to add a glass of the dark...
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    I dont think you'll botch it up Sandra if you...

    I dont think you'll botch it up Sandra if you practice first. Dennis.
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    Thank you George. No doubt I will cover the world...

    Thank you George. No doubt I will cover the world eventually.
    The colours are fitted together flat bit by bit, using my mini light box. With the bill you get the the illusion of it being raised....
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    Thank you Bob, Sheena and Caroline. There' so...

    Thank you Bob, Sheena and Caroline. There' so much doom and gloom about, I'm trying to choose cheerful subjects.

    I keep a stock of roll textured silver, Bob. It is a bit wasteful for this, but...
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    Meet Tommy Toucan.

    Here is my new friend Tommy. Iím trying to make my animals a bit more realistic now, except that toucans have black body feathers, and I have used dark blue and purple for this one to give him a bit...
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    That's that then. The decision's been made and...

    That's that then. The decision's been made and I'm sure you won't be sorry to hand back the dreaded Dremel. Please keep in touch and show us what you are making. Dennis.
  22. Thread: White gold

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    Hi Theresa. !8ct white is OK to work with, but...

    Hi Theresa.
    !8ct white is OK to work with, but to my eye rather dull looking. 9ct has a pretty, slightly yellow cast, but tends to collapse if overheated. So it's best to use medium solder with it. ...
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    You can solder one end, or rivet both, depending...

    You can solder one end, or rivet both, depending on circumstance and the material used.
    If the tubing is a bit thick you can thin the end by running a ball burr that just fits.
    You can also make...
  24. If you are only going to make domes occasionally,...

    If you are only going to make domes occasionally, then quite a basic set will do, but the very cheapest, often don't cut properly.

    The useful features of the more expensive sets are:
    1.The...
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    Right Nick. Your question raises several points:...

    Right Nick.
    Your question raises several points:
    First of all, brass is not really suitable for spoons, because too many substances cause it to corrode, and they will quickly have a toxic coating....
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