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    Here is a video which shows the making of a snap...

    Here is a video which shows the making of a snap box. It's not really a refined catch but it suits the chunky nature of the bracelet.

    https://youtu.be/lSE8sTh7ooM

    This one shows a cylindrical...
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    Top right is my favourite as well, although they...

    Top right is my favourite as well, although they are all very nice. Plastic is good but metal rocks!:Y::cool:
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    Thank you Dennis Thank you Bob, it just...

    Thank you Dennis


    Thank you Bob, it just takes time to learn with practice and patients, to not give up.


    Thank you George, I feel relieved - the first one I did is in the scrap pot!

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    Leafy border pattern ring

    This is a ring made from Argentium silver with an engraved leaf pattern. Its a traditional pattern and there are many varieties, I found myself drawn to the more simpler style for this ring. I did a...
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    Yes I agree. I think the intrinsic value...

    Yes I agree.



    I think the intrinsic value of the materials dictates how much effort you can charge for generally. If its plastic/resin the punter will not be prepared to pay for artistic...
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    In my opinion you are not. I'm constantly...

    In my opinion you are not. I'm constantly surprised and amazed by what is made by innovative hobbyist and craftspeople, it does not matter how they have been trained or what tools and materials they...
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    Tommy toucan is great Dennis. I too remember the...

    Tommy toucan is great Dennis. I too remember the Guinness promotions from the early 70s. The choice of colours work well together, you can loose definition with straight black. A thumbs up from me :Y:
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    Hi Nik, Hallmarking quality silver solders can...

    Hi Nik,

    Hallmarking quality silver solders can be used on brass and bronze, I would caution against enamelling solder as it is easy to overheat the brass to get it to flow and this will then react...
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    I have built a homemade hand engraver based on...

    I have built a homemade hand engraver based on Shaun Hughes videos and can say it works very well. I've added 2 foot controls one that regulates the speed and one for the air flow.

    I have also...
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    These are really nice Dennis. I think the 3...

    These are really nice Dennis. I think the 3 dimensional nature of the acrylic is great and the 2 tone white and red works very well.:Y:
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    Hi Freila and welcome. What metal are you...

    Hi Freila and welcome.

    What metal are you using? Some enamels react with various metals. If you are using sterling silver it could be reacting to the copper in it. You may have to "depletion...
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    I really like the Celtic knot type patterns and I...

    I really like the Celtic knot type patterns and I think it suits the opener keyring really well. Thumbs up from me:Y:
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    Very nice Peter, I've attempted these boarder...

    Very nice Peter, I've attempted these boarder patterns myself and I can understand what you are saying about practice plates, as you say they have their place but an actual piece concentrates the...
  14. A thumbs up and a like from me Dennis. The black...

    A thumbs up and a like from me Dennis. The black and ivory colours go together very well.:Y::)
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    A good technique, well described and executed...

    A good technique, well described and executed nicely. Very interesting, well done.
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    Yes, yes, yes. I had to add the other 2 yeses as...

    Yes, yes, yes. I had to add the other 2 yeses as one yes was too short for the forum ;-)
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    It sounds like you have work hardened metal and...

    It sounds like you have work hardened metal and it's getting springy. When you say hammering, is it a hammer you are using or is it a hammer handpiece with a punch?
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    You need to hold the base of the bezel firmly so...

    You need to hold the base of the bezel firmly so that you can the push the top over. You've attempted to do this by holding in a vice but this will not be good enough.

    Use some polymorph,...
  19. I have an Eakins scope that looks like the...

    I have an Eakins scope that looks like the components come from the same factory as the Amscope. A review can be found here:

    https://youtu.be/sZqCsk0kGm8

    I'm more than happy with it, and it has...
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    Thank you all for the lovely comments and advice...

    Thank you all for the lovely comments and advice it is much appreciated. I will take a while longer to decide what to do and when it's completed I'll post the results.
  21. It's the microscope for me as well. As an...

    It's the microscope for me as well. As an alternative style of engraving take a look at Malcolm Appleby's work.

    https://www.instagram.com/malcolm_appleby_engraving

    He uses a scope as well as...
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    Caddy Spoon

    I know its not jewellery but here goes anyway. I've had this sitting on my bench for a while now, not quite finished. Its a one piece sterling silver caddy spoon which I've hammered, punched, carved,...
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    If you have to some material the same thickness...

    If you have to some material the same thickness as the slot, you can shove it in and solder it up. It will mean you have 2 solder joints instead of one and you will need to trim up the seat for the...
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    There is a thorough article examining the...

    There is a thorough article examining the different aspects of firestain here:

    http://www.silversmithing.com/1fire.htm
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    If you have a torch that you use for soldering...

    If you have a torch that you use for soldering then use that. You don't need anything special. I've used a plumbing torch and an oxy/propane both worked fine. I heat from below on a tripod with some...
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