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    I have some crimp ends for fine snake chain. I...

    I have some crimp ends for fine snake chain. I have no idea where I got them.
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    Great timing with this as I was about to post the...

    Great timing with this as I was about to post the link to a piece on hallmarking in the FT https://www.ft.com/content/c294f773-63f4-4587-b5af-1c54ab990b34
    I recall that when I toured the London...
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    Note if buying from the US. ..check whether the...

    Note if buying from the US. ..check whether the items conform to the nickel content rules which still apply at present (but of course might be scrapped in Mogg's abolish everything from the EU...
  4. Try superglue dissolver. It usually works on...

    Try superglue dissolver. It usually works on epoxy but may take some time. Slosh the dissolver on then put the piece in a small ziplock bag because it will evaporate otherwise.
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    This is a very old thread but... Customers =...

    This is a very old thread but...
    Customers = strangers - arghhhh could be burglars casing the joint.
    Just as 30 years of soldering with out a fire does not mean I won't start three in the next...
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    Most Chinese findings etc manufacturers now make...

    Most Chinese findings etc manufacturers now make most of their findings without nickel. Complying generally with the EU rule is easier than having two standards. America doesn't worry about nickel...
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    Nickel is what causes the itching in alloys. The...

    Nickel is what causes the itching in alloys. The EU has pretty much banned it from anything which comes into contact with skin. Without getting over political it may be one of the laws which the...
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    I was taught to bash out with hammer. All good...

    I was taught to bash out with hammer. All good until today...:'(
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    solder thickness

    Can anyone explain why solder is not supplied already thin? Why do we have to hammer it out?
    It's stupid.
    writing this with seven fingers and number eight going black and out of action.
  10. Nothing to stop him organising a trip for Stephen

    Nothing to stop him organising a trip for Stephen
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    I was thinking about this, and I agree, very...

    I was thinking about this, and I agree, very knobbly and uncomfortable. Suspect made to look good in a display rather than on a finger.
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    Nothing intrinsically impractical about pearls as...

    Nothing intrinsically impractical about pearls as a ring.
  13. The OP is two years old. Best polishing - buy a...

    The OP is two years old.
    Best polishing - buy a copy of polishing and finishing by stephen goldsmith, master polisher and then book one of his two day master classes. You really will amaze yourself.
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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.
  15. 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?...
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    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 -...
  23. 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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