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    Interesting Nick, something I have on my purchase...

    Interesting Nick, something I have on my purchase list for about 10 years, now I will have to shift it to the to do list. May have to modify our lighters as they have some form of child safety, I...
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    You will not have any success attempting to...

    You will not have any success attempting to solder Titanium, the best method will be to weld e.g. LASER welding maybe you could incorporate them into the piece by making the bangle and attaching via...
  3. Thread: Powered saw

    by china
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    I have a 600 mm Australian made jigsaw in my wood...

    I have a 600 mm Australian made jigsaw in my wood work shed, I have successfully used it for Silver, blades take about 30sec to change. I know a couple of jewellers who use one of this type, you can...
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    For hand engraving I don't think hat is too...

    For hand engraving I don't think hat is too outrageous converting that to AU is roughly $130 and that is the sort of money I would expect pay my engraver (An English expat)
  5. Thread: Chain “ends”

    by china
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    If you are really careful you could just solder a...

    If you are really careful you could just solder a jump ring directly onto the end of the chain.
  6. Thread: Summer

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    Summer

    Summer has come early, 1am and 27deg
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    If you were in Australia I could help, hopefully...

    If you were in Australia I could help, hopefully some will be able to help you over there
  8. As peter said, I have also seen a piece of clay...

    As peter said, I have also seen a piece of clay pushed in place.
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    Sorry but that is incorrect .925 will tarnish...

    Sorry but that is incorrect .925 will tarnish plated or solid.
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    If I were to venture into a welding machine for...

    If I were to venture into a welding machine for jewllery use, I would be looking at LASER welders, the entry level units these days are quite inexpensive, in my opinion are way more versatile.
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    You may want to investigate Argentium, it suffers...

    You may want to investigate Argentium, it suffers less from tarnish etc.
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    They have come up well, good to see you managed...

    They have come up well, good to see you managed to sort it out.
  13. Thread: Chalcedony

    by china
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    being a "reality?' TV show they are most likely...

    being a "reality?' TV show they are most likely custom cut for the show.
  14. Interesting topic Verena, from history I have an...

    Interesting topic Verena, from history I have an interest in Scottish, quite often incorporate it in my modern pieces, if you are interested in the way they did things in the past you may wish to...
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    Good to hear that we have been of some...

    Good to hear that we have been of some assistance, please let us know how it all ends up.
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    There is some debate as to wether or not Nickel...

    There is some debate as to wether or not Nickel Silver is banned in Australia, Nickle itself is controlled under the dangerous goods act as a poison, therefore you need permits to deal with it,...
  17. I use traditional borax based Flux, I have used...

    I use traditional borax based Flux, I have used Auroflux in the past and with Gold although I don't see any advantage. I did have problems in my early days of Argentium if is collapsing you have most...
  18. I have been using Argentium for 10 years without...

    I have been using Argentium for 10 years without any issues to speak of I do not like the Argentium flux, although many people seem to be fine with it.
    Where did you buy you Silver or your Solder,...
  19. Yes it does produce a seamless structure if you...

    Yes it does produce a seamless structure if you get it perfect, fusing is a bit of an art and takes some practice to get right, never heard of using only one grade of Solder with Argentium if that...
  20. My observations - joints were not properly fused,...

    My observations - joints were not properly fused, you overheated the joints causing the joints to fail, fusing that type of structure is bound to fail if you heat it up to fusing temperature all the...
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    If you wish to upgrade the controller on you kiln...

    If you wish to upgrade the controller on you kiln you could install one of these it is what I have on my kiln.

    https://inkbird.com/products/pid-temperature-controller-itc-100
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    I sharpen mine by hand, a retired Watch maker...

    I sharpen mine by hand, a retired Watch maker taught me twenty years ago, just like sharpening wood working tools only much smaller and with finer stones.
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    I very very rarely hammer Solder I just cut tiny...

    I very very rarely hammer Solder I just cut tiny pieces, even with Gold, most of my Solder is Argentium, which is only in wire form, very much easier to cut tiny pieces in that form
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    You need to anneal it more often, it is hardening...

    You need to anneal it more often, it is hardening and this will cause cracks splits etc.
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    My understanding is that all forms of LPG are...

    My understanding is that all forms of LPG are heavier than air, I have because of this discussion being revived again contacted my insurance company and there is no issue so long as it is stored in...
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