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    They are probably made of a base metal alloy...

    They are probably made of a base metal alloy called German silver, containing zinc nickel and copper. Here is more about it:
    https://somethingborrowedpdx.com/what-is-german-silver/. Put it down to...
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    It's been a long time, so I've forgotten. But...

    It's been a long time, so I've forgotten. But here is some general information to get you reading.

    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=how+to+enamel+on+copper

    Dennis.
  3. Hi TFG, and welcome to the forum. If the medal is...

    Hi TFG, and welcome to the forum. If the medal is made of solid silver, then it is likely that it could be repaired by soldering, probably using easy hallmarking quality solder.
    If you are not sure,...
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    Well done so far then. By using Micro Mesh sheets...

    Well done so far then. By using Micro Mesh sheets (you don't need all of them, just 3 or 4 grades), you can get pretty near scratch free, and then finish with rouge on a cloth, or a soft cotton mop...
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    It is feasible if the cup and letters are made of...

    It is feasible if the cup and letters are made of sterling silver, but would need quite a lot of equipment to bring it off. In the hands of a beginner, it would more than likely end up a complete...
  6. Provided your display cases are reasonably...

    Provided your display cases are reasonably airtight, strategically placed anti tarnish tabs will retard tarnishing there too. If you look on line, you can shop around for the best deal, and a pretty...
  7. Thread: Weather

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    Well I thought I'd read it before I pressed...

    Well I thought I'd read it before I pressed 'Reply', but obviously my circuits were still overheated. It was meant to read nearly 40°C (forty) outside, and hotter in our flat.
    The person who...
  8. Thread: Weather

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    Well it's over for the moment, but it was nearly...

    Well it's over for the moment, but it was nearly 80°C outside, in London and hotter in our flat. We survived for a couple of days with a big fan, but might not have done well for longer.
    I feel very...
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    Yes a common problem for all of us, which gets...

    Yes a common problem for all of us, which gets worse if the chain begins to creep around the neck.
    I'm hoping that you will run out of that chain soon, so that you can experiment with more feminine...
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    Don't know, but keep an eye on this space,...

    Don't know, but keep an eye on this space, because there will be more answers in a week or two. Dennis.
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    Unlike sand, casting investment contains sulphur,...

    Unlike sand, casting investment contains sulphur, so its no wonder that the surface of your casting is black with sulphides, both of silver, and the 20% base metals contained in your alloy.
    However...
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    We're about to sample it Bob. London is predicted...

    We're about to sample it Bob. London is predicted to reach 40°C next week. Thanks for sharing your weather. Kind regards, Dennis.
  13. Thread: Hydraulic Press

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    Hi Mandy and welcome back. The hydraulic bangle...

    Hi Mandy and welcome back.
    The hydraulic bangle forming set has been designed for the Bonny Doon press from Rio Grande. It would take some serious adaptation to use it with another press, and in the...
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    The solder will inevitably spill over a little,...

    The solder will inevitably spill over a little, but less so if you sweat solder.
    In this case it would be easier to clean the gold ball, if necessary, so use silver.
    Also opt for easy so as not to...
  15. Use a hand held mini torch and easy solder. work...

    Use a hand held mini torch and easy solder. work in a darkened area.
    Use Auflux to minimise movement when heated.

    Solder the jump ring with a little excess solder, so that a knob forms.
    Lay this...
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    Yes solder follows the heat, but is less inclined...

    Yes solder follows the heat, but is less inclined to stay on one side if:

    The joint is really tight,
    You heat the furthest place on the shank first,
    And your flame is not very sharp and roaring....
  17. Thread: Failures!

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    I did make this spider necklace once, but it...

    I did make this spider necklace once, but it didn't catch on.
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    Yes, you can look after carbon steel shot by...

    Yes, you can look after carbon steel shot by spreading it out to dry after use, but it is a big hassle.
    If funds are available, then get the smallest mixed stainless steel shot you can.
    I have...
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    Hi Dave and welcome to the forum. If you keep...

    Hi Dave and welcome to the forum. If you keep looking at videos, and practising with cheap materials, it will suddenly come to you and save you £££. By drilling the pilot hole right through, you can...
  20. Thread: Hi all!

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    Hi Tony and Emma, and welcome to the forum. Dennis

    Hi Tony and Emma, and welcome to the forum. Dennis
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    Yes that's about what most of us do David, and...

    Yes that's about what most of us do David, and authoritative articles and text books dont go much furtherer, With the exception of: You CANT anneal too often.

    I've read somewhere, but dont ask me...
  22. Thread: Annealing

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    Yes I agree. Some basic guide lines from you...

    Yes I agree. Some basic guide lines from you would be interesting. Dennis.
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    Were subjected to a flurry of initiatives Bob....

    Were subjected to a flurry of initiatives Bob. But they quickly inch off the agenda. Dennis.
  24. It should melt. Maybe not enough borax. Use...

    It should melt. Maybe not enough borax. Use plenty of scrapings from a cone, or borax powder. Or maybe it's not solid silver. Dennis.
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    Hello pacman, To use the ring reducer at the...

    Hello pacman,
    To use the ring reducer at the base of the ring stretcher shown, the ring must be made of round, oval or D-shaped wire, and not with a texture. Trying it with flat strip, will begin to...
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