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  1. Thank you Dennis and mizgeorge! You are...

    Thank you Dennis and mizgeorge!

    You are absolutely right about the split rings. They look ok (at best) and were tediously difficult to try to reshape once they'd been opened.

    Will definitely...
  2. What size jump ring for gold charms? 10k - 22k

    What is the sturdiest size jump ring for a gold charm bracelet? Preferably a solderless option as there are over 50+ spots that would need solder. I was recommended 14k split rings 5mm OD,...
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    I'm definitely no expert, but do you need to...

    I'm definitely no expert, but do you need to quench?

    When knife making, quenching hardens the metal and makes it more brittle and prone to snapping. And only done just before finishing stages,...
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    Hm, I should definitely be listening to the...

    Hm, I should definitely be listening to the pro's.

    A while back I got a few quotes to cast this piece from local jewelers. The lowest was just over $4000 and the highest was well over $15000....
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    Peter thank you! Okay so going by a 5 per stone...

    Peter thank you! Okay so going by a 5 per stone guide, multiplying by 428 and converting to CAD it would be around $3,800 - does that sound right?
    I was thinking that as well, would an extra 8...
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    Setting many stones in tiny prongs quote

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    I want to replace these CZ with genuine stones, so I knocked one out and it measured at 1.4mm
    My plan is to do it myself, but it doesn't seem like it would be easy enough for me to do - so...
  7. Ah, ofcourse, thank you. I had a feeling it...

    Ah, ofcourse, thank you.
    I had a feeling it wouldn't be so straightforward. Nothing ever is it seems. This is a personal piece so I'm not to worried about the perfectness of it. I have a bit of a...
  8. Sorry to bump an older thread, and thank you all...

    Sorry to bump an older thread, and thank you all for the previous input!
    I forgot to ask if though; once the CZs have been smashed out, would it be simple to pop in some new stones? Or would it...
  9. Thank you, I think smashing the stones out might...

    Thank you, I think smashing the stones out might be the way to go. Thank you all for your input!
  10. Thank you so much! Will look into dissolving them...

    Thank you so much! Will look into dissolving them out, as one of my favorite hobbies is organic chemistry. "EDIT: I just watched the video in the link you posted and although very interesting - sort...
  11. Is it possible/easy to remove gems in a pave setting?

    Hello all, I'm just wondering if it would be possible to remove all the cz gemstones from a paved piece to replace with something else?

    Attached is a photo of the piece I want to remove the stones...
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    Yes the flush setting - Sorry for my inexperience...

    Yes the flush setting - Sorry for my inexperience and lack of terminology! I don't think the gems are 0.9mm now that I've put it side by side with a burr of the same size (which is marked 017)

    I...
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    Stone setting - Need help!

    I've got a pendant that I want to set some 0.9mm sapphires into. I've read that the burnish setting seems to be the simplest and looks like the setting that I want.

    My surface is a textured sphere...
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    Thank you josef1!! I really appreciate the...

    Thank you josef1!!

    I really appreciate the time you took for the cad design, thank you!
    Would that sprue set-up work for both top and bottom halves?

    And when you say I'll need double the...
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    Lost Wax Casting

    My first lost wax casting attempt :)
    Will be using a vacuum caster

    Is having too many sprues bad?
    Other than finishing purposes is there any reason not to attach as many sprues as I can?
    The...
  16. What vacuum pressure is required for casting?

    I know you need at least 28hg+ for degassing the investment, but when pouring the gold/silver into the vacuum caster - what pressure does the chamber need to reach? Is it also 28hg+ or just a slight...
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    Is it bad to have too many screws?

    Is it bad to have too many screws?
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    Is there a reason you suggest silver first? Does...

    Is there a reason you suggest silver first?
    Does silver flow better than gold?

    Sorry for the dumb questions but my only experience is YouTube videos and a single silver pour a while back.

    I'm...
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    Gold Pouring/Lost Wax - Need Help!

    Hey all!

    I'm going for my first lost wax project. I've managed to create a suitable rubber mold and I've gotten to the wax shaping stage - just about ready to fill the investment. My problem is, I...
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