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    I recently made a load by cutting discs then...

    I recently made a load by cutting discs then putting them through the rolling mill to make them into ovals and drilling a little hole to attach them. Done in a bit of a hurry, so not as neat as they...
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    Well done Susie - nice original piece! Alan

    Well done Susie - nice original piece!
    Alan
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    An oxy-con performing well will typically produce...

    An oxy-con performing well will typically produce around 90-95% oxygen purity at relatively low pressure - much safer than oxygen cylinders and more than adequate for a torch like the Smith. I have...
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    It is not at all cost effective to send just one...

    It is not at all cost effective to send just one or two items for hallmarking - I'd suggest letting your friend have it unhallmarked (on loan effectively) until you have a batch of other stuff ready...
  5. I'm pretty sure that's OK - unfinished blanks,...

    I'm pretty sure that's OK - unfinished blanks, even multi-piece items that have yet to be assembled, provided every part (including solder) is included and no extra metal is to be added after...
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    Thanks for your suggestions - much appreciated....

    Thanks for your suggestions - much appreciated. The one I've just broken was the Tronex that you recommend, George, but I think I was cutting something like 2mm, so pushing it beyond its limits......
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    Best flush cutters?

    Any recommendations for a pair that cuts cleanly and can take some abuse? I'm always breaking mine... Perhaps I should just accept their limitations and reach for the saw when cutting thicker wire....
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    That's right, Susie, that's the true colour of...

    That's right, Susie, that's the true colour of the glass. You have to make sure it's really clean to begin with and avoid firing too long or too hot, otherwise it has a tendency to devitrify - the...
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    To be honest, Dennis, if I'm going to buy gin I...

    To be honest, Dennis, if I'm going to buy gin I go for Aldi's cheapo "Cromwell" brand - it beat Bombay Sapphire, Hendricks, Harrods and others in a blind tasting by gin experts last year and is a...
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    Blue skies, Bombay Sapphire and for fans of...

    Blue skies, Bombay Sapphire and for fans of "Breaking Bad" a reminder of Walter White's infamous product... These are made from recycled glass from Bombay Sapphire gin bottles, broken up into chips...
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    You can expect discolouration when you heat...

    You can expect discolouration when you heat argentium that has been freshly worked, abraded or polished, but it'll not go deep like firescale in traditional sterling, so will polish out easily. Once...
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    Lovely entries both. I had a nice walk in the...

    Lovely entries both. I had a nice walk in the sunshine this morning, cool breeze off the sea, perfect summer weather down here in Pembrokeshire - but don't tell anyone...
    Alan
  13. What would be postage on the barrelling machine?...

    What would be postage on the barrelling machine?
    Alan
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    Nice work and well deserved winner, especially...

    Nice work and well deserved winner, especially with Wimbledon getting under way this week!
    Alan
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    10pm, 23rd June - time to blow the final whistle...

    10pm, 23rd June - time to blow the final whistle on this referendum game...

    I based this on the old favourite of referees - the "Acme Thunderer" - it's quite simple, but I enjoyed making it and...
  16. Thread: Cabochons

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    I don't do FB, but just had a scan through your...

    I don't do FB, but just had a scan through your Etsy shop - some lovely stones... I may be back...
    Alan
  17. Thread: Polishing chain

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    I always string my chains onto short lengths of...

    I always string my chains onto short lengths of wire and twist the ends together to secure - see pic - notice that I've put the wire through the claw part of the lobster clasp which helps prevent...
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    Tax/duty on imports is normal for most countries,...

    Tax/duty on imports is normal for most countries, based on value + shipping above a certain threshold - and the normal thing is for the postal service within the country of import (or the courier) to...
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    Lovely work - congratulations! Alan

    Lovely work - congratulations!
    Alan
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    I don't know what the Royal Mail is up to, but...

    I don't know what the Royal Mail is up to, but there is no prohibition on the Australian side for jewellery per se. There are certain restrictions - eg, bullion, or diamonds not properly certificated...
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    Scraps and Rubies... A rather odd pair of...

    Scraps and Rubies...
    A rather odd pair of earrings - 18ct gold - red (thin sheet and little bits of wire) and yellow (wire, flattened and textured) - all scrap bits left over from other projects,...
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    A good read James - thanks for the link. Coming...

    A good read James - thanks for the link. Coming through an apprenticeship the way you did, specialising in such superb hand-working with traditional techniques/skills and carrying on well into the...
  23. Thread: Inspired By…

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    Brilliant concept and beautifully executed! Alan

    Brilliant concept and beautifully executed!
    Alan
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    I love your Insect Hotel, Wallace! I'm part way...

    I love your Insect Hotel, Wallace! I'm part way through my entry for this month and feel like throwing in the towel... but I'll persevere...
    Alan
  25. Thread: Half drilling

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    Ah, we like faking it too... though we've always...

    Ah, we like faking it too... though we've always sold this sort of bead honestly as "sea glass effect":

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    With genuine sea glass, drilling the shortest distance through the middle is...
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