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  1. Yes as others have said, use emery cloth to...

    Yes as others have said, use emery cloth to smooth out you hammer heads, then I would suggest investing in a polishing set up so that you can polish the hammer heads also, many of my hammers are...
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    That Instagram posting showing me and one of my...

    That Instagram posting showing me and one of my eggs from back in 1982 was posted by The Goldsmiths Company. I have been a member/freeman of the Goldsmiths Company since I completed my apprenticeship...
  3. I use a scorper with a polished cutting face to...

    I use a scorper with a polished cutting face to cut and clean up bezel settings.

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    Have you considered making titanium soldering...

    Have you considered making titanium soldering clamps? they can be shaped into many useful shapes to make soldering easier.
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    Thank you Dennis, may I also wish everyone all...

    Thank you Dennis, may I also wish everyone all the best for Christmas and lets hope for a much better New Year.

    Cheers
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    James Miller FIPG
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    When cutting silver solder I use a fine blade in...

    When cutting silver solder I use a fine blade in a piercing saw to cut lengthways along the strip of solder and then I use small shears to cut off small squares of solder from the strips. For gold...
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    I am right handed so I saw from right to left...

    I am right handed so I saw from right to left across my bench peg, also it is important to be seated at the correct height so that you can see clearly where you are piercing. I must admit that I love...
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    I have a couple of pure bristle painters brushes...

    I have a couple of pure bristle painters brushes on my workbench, they are about half an inch wide, and if I need to clean away any dust from a piercing job's surface, I use one of these, I also saw...
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    May I say that before I mark out my flower...

    May I say that before I mark out my flower piercing shapes I always polish the surface of the metal so tht the scribed lines stand out clear. As Peter says I always use metal templates to mark out my...
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    I have always made my own chasing tools using...

    I have always made my own chasing tools using silver steel rods. I use the same method of hardening and tempering as I use when preparing my scorpers for use as I posted earlier on this question....
  11. Before buying from ebay, check out how cheap the...

    Before buying from ebay, check out how cheap the new piercing saw frames are on Amazon, see;...
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    I love my KCs although I do use my older frames...

    I love my KCs although I do use my older frames for certain jobs. One benefit of the quick release lever shows up when you have multiple holes to pierce, as releasing the tension of the blade then...
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    Eva, First I cut the silver steel rods using a...

    Eva, First I cut the silver steel rods using a piercing saw, I use regular files to shape the ends of my tools, to harden and temper the punch I use my blowtorch to heat the working end to a red...
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    I made most of my chasing and line tools using...

    I made most of my chasing and line tools using silver steel and sometimes old broken files. The last silver steel rods I bought from here; https://www.ekpsupplies.com/silversteel.html ,I cut each...
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    As Peter says, use a flat scorper with a bright...

    As Peter says, use a flat scorper with a bright polished cutting face, I use many sizes for different jobs with widths from 0.5mm. up to 3mm. I don't use HSS steel ones as mine were all bought before...
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    Nick, one of my egg pendants was worn by this...

    Nick, one of my egg pendants was worn by this princess in the past.

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    I assume that this pendant has been tested by an...

    I assume that this pendant has been tested by an expert to verify that it is genuine Faberge, in my time I have seen many fake Faberge pieces, looking at the photo of this pendant I would doubt it's...
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    Alistair, The egg was two halves with the hand...

    Alistair,
    The egg was two halves with the hand carved central bezel holding them together and a top mount to hold the jump ring, the pattern under the enamel was machine cut, it's called engine...
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    I made this egg pendant for my sister ten years...

    I made this egg pendant for my sister ten years ago.

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    As Dennis said binding wire may help you when...

    As Dennis said binding wire may help you when soldering or else you could perhaps try clamping the piece, like this.

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    Do you have a hammerhead attachment for a pendant...

    Do you have a hammerhead attachment for a pendant drill? if so you can grind the hammerheads into various shapes that allow you to hammer textures onto metals, This photo shows some of the textures I...
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    When I have a project to make in precious metals...

    When I have a project to make in precious metals I always make patterns using copper before committing my ideas to precious metals. I buy my copper sheet from this supplier EKP Supplies,...
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    Jules, the strips that I got from Knew Concepts...

    Jules, the strips that I got from Knew Concepts when they first started selling them are approx 1mm. thick, I rolled some down to approx 0.75mm. thick. Knew Concepts did try some 0.5mm. thick but I...
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    I rolled my strips down using my old Durston, I...

    I rolled my strips down using my old Durston, I did roll them down at the edge of my rollers and not in the middle just in case the titanium strip marked them, but they didn't leave any marks on my...
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    Hi Jules, the titanium strips mill down down OK,...

    Hi Jules, the titanium strips mill down down OK, I only thin down the ones that I want for tiny jobs, the strips as sold are about 1.3mm. thick and I just mill them down to circa 1mm. thick. They...
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