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  1. Make the two halves with your doming set David,...

    Make the two halves with your doming set David, using say 0.5mm sheet.
    It is quite tricky to get a true half spheres, because you need to work the punch around the sides of your hollows, until they...
  2. Thread: chunky chain

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    Yes, people use bolt rings and lobster claws,...

    Yes, people use bolt rings and lobster claws, because that's what you see in high street windows, but they scream commercially made.
    It is easy to devise a fastener which has more affinity with the...
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    It might work Anne, but it's useful to have a...

    It might work Anne, but it's useful to have a hammer with more weight to it so that you can bash the cutting punch with less effort and more control.

    I personally dont think it needs to be made...
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    No, enamelling requires lot of practice. Things...

    No, enamelling requires lot of practice. Things repeatedly disappoint, because they don't come out as expected. Anything of that size would be best done in a Large kiln.
    Smaller pieces, about...
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    Hello jtj and welcome to the forum. We always...

    Hello jtj and welcome to the forum.
    We always welcome questions, but missing is size of plaque, and type of torch. Dennis.
  6. Thread: Wire guards

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    Here you are. One for you to keep if you wish.

    Here you are. One for you to keep if you wish.
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    That puts it into perspective. Mind if I edit the...

    That puts it into perspective. Mind if I edit the picture a bit?
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    Well Sheena, here is a chance to express your...

    Well Sheena, here is a chance to express your personality through an original design. Being at the front, it will be the central feature.
    It does not have to be a bar and a ring. It can be a cow...
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    You could say it's well made and geometrical. Or...

    You could say it's well made and geometrical. Or you could say it's rather masculine for the delicate beads used.
    When in doubt, look up how others have done it, and do lots of drawings. Here are...
  10. Thread: my new vid

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    I really Appreciate your short videos Nick. Too...

    I really Appreciate your short videos Nick. Too many have endless waffle to fill up the time, and fumbled procedures, that should be edited. Dennis.
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    Mm, we were taught at college to use vinegar and...

    Mm, we were taught at college to use vinegar and salt for a patina on brass, causing it to be mottled by adding sawdust or cat litter.
    The colour was speckled verdigris and brown. I applied a trace...
  12. Thread: New toy

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    What a beautiful mill. Durston, hang your head....

    What a beautiful mill. Durston, hang your head. Dennis.
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    Also, all the major showrooms have free notice...

    Also, all the major showrooms have free notice boards, which could bring results, so it is worth phoning to confirm . Dennis.
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    It is an interesting format for television...

    It is an interesting format for television viewing, but in reality people must work their own pace to do their best, or they will just repeat something they have made before and omit challenging...
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    I used the aluminium foil method which was much...

    I used the aluminium foil method which was much in vogue when I first started, but the method is not always effective and can reverse itself, if pieces are left too long.
    Now as Caroline has...
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    You have managed to instil some of the delicacy...

    You have managed to instil some of the delicacy of flower petals, often lost when working with metal, and they also have the stamp of your personality. Well done, Dennis.
  17. Thread: Gold solder

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    18ct easy, or 9ct easy have fairly similar low...

    18ct easy, or 9ct easy have fairly similar low melting points. You can test for carat if you have a kit.

    However my first thought would be to cold connect, by finding spaces or making holes, to...
  18. Thread: short video

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    Clever to have made a jig for this Nick,...

    Clever to have made a jig for this Nick, particularly if you need copies.
    On the down side, paste solder is attractive to beginners, but tiny pallions of solder and some Auflux, heated gently,...
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    Definitely treasure trove Deb. Own up. Dennis

    Definitely treasure trove Deb. Own up. Dennis
  20. Well this is the quote from Zeb92 [So I bought...

    Well this is the quote from Zeb92
    [So I bought a couple of cheap ball pein hammers this year but wasn't getting the shiny results I got in my jewellery class. I read somewhere that the quality of...
  21. Hi Bob, People love expensive hammers and spend...

    Hi Bob,
    People love expensive hammers and spend on Fretz. For someone like me one from here, plus a little TLC will do the job for a lifetime:...
  22. The truth is that if you are going to customise...

    The truth is that if you are going to customise it, any inexpensive ballpein hammer will do.
    So first return this one for re-fund. Then file, sand and polish the ones you already had, as suggested...
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    It's possible that they have just become unseated...

    It's possible that they have just become unseated from their spring, Sheena. If a bit of twisting by hand doesn't solve it send them back as Bob Says.
    Also there are various cheaper sources for...
  24. https://www.goldn.co.uk/product/battery-powered-pl...

    https://www.goldn.co.uk/product/battery-powered-plating-pen/. Dennis.
  25. Andrea, in keum boo the burnishing lines will...

    Andrea, in keum boo the burnishing lines will show in photographs, although they can be modified by the type of burnisher used, as Caroline has said, and the length and direction of the strokes.
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