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    Thanks Caroline, I'm really finding out now what...

    Thanks Caroline, I'm really finding out now what materials and shapes and textures I like. I'm really enjoying developing my tastes. It gives me a real passion for it.
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    Ah I have this book! Last time I read it was way...

    Ah I have this book! Last time I read it was way above my experience level. I shall have another look, thanks for reminding me :)
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    Thanks Dennis, the vunerablility of the prongs...

    Thanks Dennis, the vunerablility of the prongs was worrying me somewhat. The clean up is a real pain, with alum you end up with a copper plated effect, the soldering must bring it to the surface. I...
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    Thanks :) It has two textured pieces of brass...

    Thanks :) It has two textured pieces of brass then goes into a smooth silver band. For the next one the texture's going to be a little bit differant as I think it's a little too uniform.
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    Experimental setting

    This one was a rather quick make, though the brass was still a nightmare to clean after soldering, don't think alum is the best thing to use for it. I'm planning to make another one with a heavier...
  6. Thread: Brooch Pin

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    Unfortunately no extra easy solder to hand :( ...

    Unfortunately no extra easy solder to hand :( but yes more stages than is good for my health, feeling it this morning :) I've had two recovery naps already.
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    This is where things got messy! I cut a couple of...

    This is where things got messy! I cut a couple of hole in my vermiculite board for the hinge and catch. Sweated some easy solder onto the back of the flower and laid it on the bar, but I really...
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    Hi Theresa I tried looking for it but couldn't...

    Hi Theresa I tried looking for it but couldn't find it for sale so you did better than me.
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    The search box is really poor. Best way to search...

    The search box is really poor. Best way to search the forum is to go on Google type cooksongold forum and your keywords, you should be able to find it that way.
  10. Thread: Brooch Pin

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    Before I pickled it :)

    Before I pickled it :)
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    Scored some metal, folded it, put solder in the...

    Scored some metal, folded it, put solder in the joins then soldered hinge to brooch back. Drilled a shallow hole in back of brooch and soldered on catch. Made a mistake using 1.5mm wire, awfully...
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    Back to my brooch this morning. Soldered together...

    Back to my brooch this morning. Soldered together my flower and as the petals were a very organic shape and I hate sweat soldering decided in this case to use hard solder paste. Generally I don't...
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    I know they had little silver ones on curious gem.

    I know they had little silver ones on curious gem.
  14. Thread: Custom stamp

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    Is cookson still making custom stamps?

    Is cookson still making custom stamps?
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    Ah, Thanks Dennis, will have a good look over the...

    Ah, Thanks Dennis, will have a good look over the threads tomorrow :) thanks again, Night, night
  16. 15-30 mins if you put it in something see-through...

    15-30 mins if you put it in something see-through you can watch it til it's the colour you want. Generally this won't give you a very dark oxidisation but it's good for antiqued and if you've set...
  17. Thread: Custom stamp

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    Custom stamp

    Anyone know of a company in the UK that makes custom stamps. It would be quite nice to mark my work with my monogram.
  18. You can try liver of sulphur or platinol...

    You can try liver of sulphur or platinol (platinol doesn't need to be heated) there are loads of tutorials on liver of sulphur on YouTube. Check out Make it with Kim's twelve months of metal.
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    12871 What it was like in Perth Scotland this...

    12871

    What it was like in Perth Scotland this morning. Very pretty. Probably had about 5 or 6 inches yesterday.
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    Why does borrow always seem to mean given away....

    Why does borrow always seem to mean given away. Urrrrrr! Never heard of didy's before but will check them out. Thankyou :snow:
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    Maybe I should see if there a lighter pair 1 or...

    Maybe I should see if there a lighter pair 1 or 2. I really want to be able to see what I'm doing. Most of the things I make are itty bitty
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    Oooo, never heard of that one before. I do love...

    Oooo, never heard of that one before. I do love single subject books. I think the subject is always covered better if it has it's own tome. Will go and check it out, thanks.
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    Is the higher the shade number the darker the...

    Is the higher the shade number the darker the lens?
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    soldering glasses

    Anyone know of a pair of glasses i could use to take the glare off when soldering. The brightness is giving me migraines. i don't want anything that would stop me from seeing what's going on.
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    Just finished watching Nancy's two videos, she...

    Just finished watching Nancy's two videos, she recommends a book Behind the Brooch: A Closer Look at Backs, Catches & Pin Stems by Lorena Angulo.
    It's not too expensive.
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