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    You could use argentium wire instead of sterling...

    You could use argentium wire instead of sterling if you are concerned about tarnishing.
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    I would use Easy paste solder. Grab the...

    I would use Easy paste solder. Grab the butterfly in cross locking tweezers including its ring if you are able to and place it so it "pulls" away from the bangle so as much of the unsoldered ring is...
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    I'm no expert, but with a ring shank as wide as...

    I'm no expert, but with a ring shank as wide as that appears to be in the photo it should be fine. Personally, for wide band rings a bit thinner sheet can be more comfortable .. at least they are...
  4. Thread: Chit chat

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    Given silver work is a hobby for me and I'm...

    Given silver work is a hobby for me and I'm pretty rubbish I don't post my work. I do answer threads on the rare occasion when someone else is stuck and I've figured out a way around the problem. ...
  5. Where are you located Alexa? Postage can be...

    Where are you located Alexa? Postage can be pretty pricey on a rolling mill.
  6. Thread: Pesky bezels

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    Hi Faith Most of the time I use your method...

    Hi Faith

    Most of the time I use your method of holding the ring shank against the back of the bezel with a third hand, however, I've learned to spend LOTS of time setting it up so the shank is...
  7. Thread: Polishing chain

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    Some people use a big safety pin, thread the...

    Some people use a big safety pin, thread the links of the chain onto the pin, and then set the catch. I suppose it depends on the size of the chain/links though in terms of even the biggest safety...
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    I use pro polishing pads to remove LOS; easy to...

    I use pro polishing pads to remove LOS; easy to use and do a great job.
    Really useful too for final polishing of small things.
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    I bought my Proxxon from this site ... it only...

    I bought my Proxxon from this site ... it only took two days to arrive. The price (including shipping) cannot be beat I found. All I needed to do was buy a "visitor to the U.K." electrical adaptor....
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    The eveflex burrs can be quite useful and come in...

    The eveflex burrs can be quite useful and come in lots of different sizes, but can you not wrap fine wet/dry paper around something (a pen, toothpick, needle file handle, whatever) and see what...
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    Here's are the things that work for me; 1.) When...

    Here's are the things that work for me;
    1.) When you swear you are doing everything correctly, stop and lightly sand and flux a small piece of scrap. Put a small chip of solder on the fluxed scrap...
  12. Thread: Tube runners

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    Ah, got it metalsmith. Good idea.

    Ah, got it metalsmith. Good idea.
  13. Thread: Tube runners

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    No, not soldered to a sheet and no enamel. ...

    No, not soldered to a sheet and no enamel. Soldered to each other so the effect is almost like angular lace.
  14. Thread: Tube runners

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    ... old thread, but Saw these used today at...

    ... old thread, but

    Saw these used today at the craft show at Wisley RHS. Soldered together side by side like pieces in a jigsaw to make very contemporary center pieces for necklaces.
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    Hi Suzie, Given you can't solder silver plated...

    Hi Suzie,

    Given you can't solder silver plated wire the only alternatives I know of are wire wrapping, glue or compression (meaning like a crimp or fold over chain ending).
  16. Thread: Oxygen Supply

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    Hi Mark, I can't help you with regard to set...

    Hi Mark,

    I can't help you with regard to set up, but I can with respect to oxygen as I have all types stored in my home for medical use (e.g. liquid oxygen, oxygen concentrator and oxygen...
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    I've experimented and found two things. The...

    I've experimented and found two things. The rectangular wire I ordered was lightly scratched, but easy enough to file out. The sheet I had cut to the same size was indeed pinched on one side, took...
  18. Thread: Hallmark weight

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    If you are buying ready made sterling chain that...

    If you are buying ready made sterling chain that is complete with a clasp then it will already be hallmarked; if required by law. Take a look through Cookson at finished chain and you'll see that...
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    You can try...

    You can try http://www.alchemyandice.com/tools-and-supplies/soldering-supplies/solder/ for copper solder, although it is solder for specifically for copper it is not copper in colour, just less...
  20. Thread: Scrap Service

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    Of course it isn't income, you are paying for a...

    Of course it isn't income, you are paying for a service on materials you already own.
  21. Thread: Scrap Service

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    I'm not an accountant, but if you are a business...

    I'm not an accountant, but if you are a business and sell scrap you are actually making a loss. You bought raw material at full cost. You return unused material and are paid a) less than the...
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    After twisting them a few times with nylon jaw...

    After twisting them a few times with nylon jaw pliers I run the post back (scroll?) up and down the post several times which seems to harden them.
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    Sticky: I have the Cookbook, but rarely use it. No room...

    I have the Cookbook, but rarely use it. No room on my work top. I prefer online, but the search function is awful and I hate the way it's set up for mobile with no option to look at products side...
  24. Thread: Patina

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    Are you sure you are using bicarbonate of soda...

    Are you sure you are using bicarbonate of soda and not baking powder? Both are used in baking, but baking powder has a small amount of bicarb and a larger amount of cream of tartar. You need...
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    The max flame is a good butane torch, mine works...

    The max flame is a good butane torch, mine works like charm. Yours is faulty, it can happen with anything. I'd demand a refund or replacement under the sale of goods act.
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