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  1. Thread: Wax carving

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    You will succeed if you sweat solder the bird on,...

    You will succeed if you sweat solder the bird on, by sweating some solder onto the non porous part (the wire shank) and then re-heating in contact with the casting (the bird)

    There is no need to...
  2. Thread: Wax carving

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    Hi Sheena, this looks like fun. You can also...

    Hi Sheena, this looks like fun.

    You can also add wax by melting a little on the end of a carver, using a very small flame from your mini-torch, or simply with your heat pen and dripping it on.
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    Made Makers Online

    If you have time to spare this weekend, have a look at this online craft fair, which has quite a few high-end craft jewellers, but also ceramics, glass, textiles, and fine art, and demonstrations.
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  4. Thread: Kiln questions

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    Hi Squidsa and welcome to the forum. If that is...

    Hi Squidsa and welcome to the forum. If that is Fahrenheit, then yes it's too low for firing ez960. Here is more on the subject....
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    Thank you everyone for liking the rockhoppers. ...

    Thank you everyone for liking the rockhoppers.

    I'm pretty sure there wasn't any beer.

    They live outside the EU, so anything of value would have hit them with custom charges.

    Adding the...
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    The Rockhoppers Wedding.

    This is a memento for long term partners, getting married late in life. Its hardly jewellery, but I thought you might like to see it anyhow.

    The crests are made from cable. The eyes are sparkly...
  7. Thread: Tripoli problem

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    The first line of defence is a hood to fit your...

    The first line of defence is a hood to fit your polishing lathe. Even a primitive one made from a box will catch a significant amount of splatter.

    For a pendant motor, working inside a cut down,...
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    Some engraving is too geometrical for my taste....

    Some engraving is too geometrical for my taste. This is soft and beautiful. Definitely an heirloom piece. Dennis.
  9. Well, it's not easy, but can be done with...

    Well, it's not easy, but can be done with patience. It needs to have a near perfect fit and have a tiny upstanding edge to turn in on the stone.

    I would trace around the upside down stone on the...
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    Thank you Deb. I had a spell of making stuff like...

    Thank you Deb. I had a spell of making stuff like that by cutting out blanks and then carving them. The fins were soldered on afterwards and the body bent to a curve. I gave up snake chain as too...
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    I use tungsten carbide burrs like this one below...

    I use tungsten carbide burrs like this one below from Walsh. They need to be run a little faster than ordinary steel ones.

    As I make one offs, carving them in metal saves me going to a caster, but...
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    As I make one offs Sheena, I have found it...

    As I make one offs Sheena, I have found it simplest to carve things out of thick sheet using burrs. If four legs are involved, I have used two sheets and soldered them together, to get the...
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    Hammerite, direct to rust is good stuff. No...

    Hammerite, direct to rust is good stuff. No undercoat needed they say.

    Some years back when I went on a pressing course at the Cass in Whitechapel, the workshop had just been refurbished. The...
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    No, I dont think so Sheena. For stamping, you...

    No, I dont think so Sheena. For stamping, you learn the sort of tap that's right with your particular hammer. Similarly with an arbour press. With a hydraulic press you have very little feedback, and...
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    Dear Sheena, your unusual questions all centre...

    Dear Sheena, your unusual questions all centre around how to solder something in the neatest possible way.
    The only thing is to do the repeated and long winded experiments, maybe partly with copper...
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    There's quite a bit on Etsy, but perhaps that's...

    There's quite a bit on Etsy, but perhaps that's the one you find too dear.

    Many of us here avoid medium solder as not flowing well, so you might also consider the hard from metal clays:...
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    Sale of hydraulic presses.

    Proops Brothers are not often mentioned on the forum, but they sell a number of useful items at low prices. In the past I have recommended their selection of collet mandrels as a bargain buy.
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    Thank you Alastair. In a way I'm perverting the...

    Thank you Alastair. In a way I'm perverting the use of this jewellery forum, by showing acrylics, but that is what I mainly make these days. Dennis.
  19. Hi Natalie and welcome. It's quite common for...

    Hi Natalie and welcome. It's quite common for solders not being a good match, even more so if the casting gold is from a different source.

    To hide the solder used to attach a jump ring, be very...
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    Thank you Caroline and David. Caroline, the...

    Thank you Caroline and David.

    Caroline, the base layer is purple, and you will see best on my reverse picture how the feet are part of that

    Yes David, I was tempted to add a glass of the dark...
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    I dont think you'll botch it up Sandra if you...

    I dont think you'll botch it up Sandra if you practice first. Dennis.
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    Thank you George. No doubt I will cover the world...

    Thank you George. No doubt I will cover the world eventually.
    The colours are fitted together flat bit by bit, using my mini light box. With the bill you get the the illusion of it being raised....
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    Thank you Bob, Sheena and Caroline. There' so...

    Thank you Bob, Sheena and Caroline. There' so much doom and gloom about, I'm trying to choose cheerful subjects.

    I keep a stock of roll textured silver, Bob. It is a bit wasteful for this, but...
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    Meet Tommy Toucan.

    Here is my new friend Tommy. Iím trying to make my animals a bit more realistic now, except that toucans have black body feathers, and I have used dark blue and purple for this one to give him a bit...
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    That's that then. The decision's been made and...

    That's that then. The decision's been made and I'm sure you won't be sorry to hand back the dreaded Dremel. Please keep in touch and show us what you are making. Dennis.
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