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    They certainly look like pearls to me. Pearls can...

    They certainly look like pearls to me. Pearls can be bezel set. With great care. You'd need a lot of matched buttons.
  2. Thread: solder

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    solder

    Everything is running out soon..so where does everyone buy their auflux and solder? Where are the good deals?
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    There are lots of short one or two day intense...

    There are lots of short one or two day intense targets specialist subjects courses put on by established practitioners ...stone setting...for eg, or my chum Steven Goldsmith is in huge demand for his...
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    They may do something like an accession or...

    They may do something like an accession or coronation one, which would make up for it?
    It does kind of make sense since we aren't exactly celebrating the jubilee any more.
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    Thanks. It is as I suspected and proves that...

    Thanks. It is as I suspected and proves that procrastination carries its own failures
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    Jubilee hallmark

    Does anyone know the situation re the 70th jubilee special mark? I have some stuff to send in sometime soon and wondered whether I need to get it in now or still have some time?
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    Thanks both of you. I watched 'glitters' - it's...

    Thanks both of you. I watched 'glitters' - it's like an ideas generator and instruction video - but wondered which was anyone's preferred method.
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    spinner ring

    Having seen spinner rings on last week's All That Glitters I have a few ideas bobbing around in my head. What do y'all recommend as the best way to keep the spinny bits in place
    Soldered on lip?...
  9. Just a suggestion if you need some scrap - see if...

    Just a suggestion if you need some scrap - see if one of those 'we buy your gold' shops will sell you some of their scrap at a reasonable price. A friendly jeweller might have some scrap around too -...
  10. The best answer I can give is for you to get hold...

    The best answer I can give is for you to get hold of masterpolisher Stephen Goldsmith's book 'polishing and finishing for jewellers and silversmiths'. You're getting a lifetime of experience from...
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    I was taught (and it makes sense) to heat the...

    I was taught (and it makes sense) to heat the shank opposite the joint first, to expand the ring and push the joint even tighter. You shouldn't aim to melt the solder with a quick blast. It will melt...
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    It sounds as if you heated one side, so the...

    It sounds as if you heated one side, so the solder flowed along that edge, but not the other side, to draw the solder into the joint.
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    For very special (and very beautiful) opals...

    For very special (and very beautiful) opals contact 'BrokenRiverMining' (Sue Cooper) on instagram- a lady opal miner in aussie. Tell Sue I recommended. How much better to hear from the miner herself...
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    Just picked up on your comment that you planned...

    Just picked up on your comment that you planned to use undrilled. Won't work. You need them half drilled because the pin is vital for keeping them in place on the setting.
  15. Thread: Ruts!

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    There's one item on my website - I've sold 648 of...

    There's one item on my website - I've sold 648 of them. No challenge to make but very popular. I sit and make them in sessions while box-setting of an evening. Of course the really annoying thing is...
  16. Thread: Ruts!

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    It's clearly the fault of customers who only want...

    It's clearly the fault of customers who only want to buy the same old stuff. Churn it out and take their money - divert a bit to pushing yourself to make new stuff and sell in a new market. Only you...
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    All the polishing info you will ever need is in...

    All the polishing info you will ever need is in Stephen Goldsmith's Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths. (He's my book big bro' to declare an interest). He also runs masterclasses,...
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    As an easy option it is possible to buy a...

    As an easy option it is possible to buy a ready-made all in one brooch bar. You just solder the base to your work.
  19. There are different colours of gold French Wire...

    There are different colours of gold French Wire available.
  20. If you want to string (pearls?) properly then you...

    If you want to string (pearls?) properly then you should give clamshells a miss and use french wire/gimp.
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    I know very little about gems, either rough or...

    I know very little about gems, either rough or cut. All I knew was that the semi-precious stone sellers in Hong Kong were all Indian
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    If you intend to be in this for a long time then...

    If you intend to be in this for a long time then start saving to travel to Hong Kong when it opens up to travelers again after covid. There are exhibition halls crammed with every possible gemstone...
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    Gorgeous. ....

    Gorgeous.


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  24. Thread: Awol

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    Continue to recover asap.

    Continue to recover asap.
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    If you do plump for superglue, get the gel...

    If you do plump for superglue, get the gel preparation. Much easier to handle as it doesn't run everywhere. Plus get the glue remover at the same time because you will still get glue on everything...
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