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    Make the basic ring to size, allowing a little...

    Make the basic ring to size, allowing a little extra width.
    Make three additional rings to fit the base ring snugly and solder in place one at a time. The excess width of the base gives you a ledge...
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    You can also print the image onto PnP, using a...

    You can also print the image onto PnP, using a laser printer, and transfer it onto silver sheet as a resist for etching. Dennis.
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    Have a look at www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk ...

    Have a look at www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk Dennis.
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    Well check the sizing before you proceed. Dennis.

    Well check the sizing before you proceed. Dennis.
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    Hello nightone, and welcome to the forum. You...

    Hello nightone, and welcome to the forum.
    You don't say what your ring is for, but if it is for daily use, then aim to make it as strong as possible.
    The various 9ct golds are approximately equal...
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    If silver turns copper coloured in pickle...

    If silver turns copper coloured in pickle solution, it is usually as a result of contamination with iron in the pickle, or using steel tweezers, or wire.
    That said, true granulation works better...
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    You can also melt snips of jewellery grade hard...

    You can also melt snips of jewellery grade hard silver solder directly into a well defined depression in brass. Then pickle, sand back and polish.
    You will get a good sterling colour and as much...
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    When molten metal cools, it becomes crystalline. ...

    When molten metal cools, it becomes crystalline.
    Try gently and persistently hammering a freshly poured ingot. Then re-anneal and roll twice, re-anneal and hammer etc. It should gradually respond...
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    Hello namangarg and welcome to the forum....

    Hello namangarg and welcome to the forum.
    Depending on your age and free time, and location, you can learn jewellery making at a college, as an apprentice, or simply by starting small and learning...
  10. Thread: Hallmarking

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    You will be famous now Sheena, you'll be a...

    You will be famous now Sheena, you'll be a sponsor.
    That means you can send in other peoples work too, at your peril of course.
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    Well they work, but won't drill as accurately as...

    Well they work, but won't drill as accurately as drill bits. In your place I would not rest until the problem was resolved.
    It really looks as if even new drill bits are unable to penetrate your...
  12. Thread: Layered bangle

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    No, that's actually how to do it Yvonne, but here...

    No, that's actually how to do it Yvonne, but here are some random observations:

    You will need a surprising amount of heat to solder leaves and stems onto silver sheet for a bangle, so use a large...
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    One more observation from me: Disks offer an...

    One more observation from me:
    Disks offer an easy option as a base for earrings, pendents and more.
    However in no time you might realise that a range based on disks can be too commonplace, and you...
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    You have already experienced Cousins customer...

    You have already experienced Cousins customer service, and they will not take items back if you don't like them.
    It looks good value, but if it cuts ragged disks, or the cutters stick you will...
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    When bending from flat, always bend the ends...

    When bending from flat, always bend the ends first.
    A ring bending tool makes this much easier, bu you need a narrow strip of leather on the outside of the metal to protect it from tool marks....
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    Look forward to seeing your work then. Dennis.

    Look forward to seeing your work then. Dennis.
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    Unless the wood is very hard, I would use well...

    Unless the wood is very hard, I would use well fitting tube rivets with heads or domes already soldered on.

    The heads can be made from slices of thick wire of your choice, domed, or flat.
    Then I...
  18. Thread: soldering

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    I stick with what I posted before. If you can't...

    I stick with what I posted before. If you can't beat it, accept it.

    It would look fine as a groove, which is not difficult to make on a curved surface, with a fine saw bade . First cut towards you...
  19. Well, 4.0 mm crystals will be accurate in size,...

    Well, 4.0 mm crystals will be accurate in size, so I would use some 4.5mm tubing, followed by a 4.0mm ball burr, and then a 4.0mm setting burr to make a tube setting. Done carefully it will leave...
  20. Thread: Buying a bench

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    Some random comments: 1. Cut outs enable...

    Some random comments:
    1. Cut outs enable everything to be within reach, but waste about a quarter of the work area. Its up to you.
    2. It is quite useful to have the drawers separate and on casters....
  21. Hi David, to me 2.0mm seems a bit thick for...

    Hi David, to me 2.0mm seems a bit thick for earrings. I would probably have chosen 0.9mm.

    To make those bezel settings look less heavy, you could cut three or four little round scallops spaced...
  22. Thread: Hi everyone,

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    Hi ash and welcome. Dennis.

    Hi ash and welcome. Dennis.
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    Hi Rotsco, and welcome to the forum. These are...

    Hi Rotsco, and welcome to the forum.

    These are rings made in your style. If they are for yourself, you'll be happy with them. If you are selling, the vote will be with others. Dennis
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    Yes, you're right Nick. That's a more likely...

    Yes, you're right Nick. That's a more likely reason.
    Hope Anne comes back, or we'll never know. Dennis.
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    Having eliminated everything else, maybe you have...

    Having eliminated everything else, maybe you have started on a new bit of brass? Brasses vary so this might be a harder variety.

    You could try annealing it:
    Warm the piece and paint all over with...
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