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    Hi Evie and welcome back. It needs a lot of...

    Hi Evie and welcome back.
    It needs a lot of practice to use a tap and die set for this and get a tight fit. Apart from that they are quite pricey.
    You are right in supposing that pearls are...
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    Yes you're right, Theresa. The more solid the...

    Yes you're right, Theresa. The more solid the connection the easier they are to put on.
    Chains are easy to make from just jump rings, but can keep you fiddling for ages to get them on. A compromise...
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    Some members have also recommended West 1...

    Some members have also recommended West 1 Castings, Hatton garden. You cold also consider having them cast in two halves and soldering together, to save weight.

    My pictures show an experiment for...
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    I mean these,...

    I mean these, Bob:https://www.cooksongold.com/category_select.jsp?channel=uk&query=Radial+disks
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    Probably is better to use the earpins with the...

    Probably is better to use the earpins with the flat disc instead the normal ones.
    No, they scream amateur. Use the plain ones, in a small pit. Support them with self closing tweezers, balanced on...
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    AE Ward in London have CZ's and coloured crystals...

    AE Ward in London have CZ's and coloured crystals of good quality. Their web site is difficult to negotiate and may not show them, so it is best to phone. Dennis.
    http://www.aewgems.co.uk/
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    Almost impossible to do neatly, but you can try,...

    Almost impossible to do neatly, but you can try, emery boards for nails, cut to a pointy shape with a snap off craft knife, followed by radial disks, starting with yellow at slow speed.

    Better to...
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    A matte finish will hide firescale sufficiently...

    A matte finish will hide firescale sufficiently to pass and can be achieved with many abrasives listed below. The problem is only that any raised addition to the design will stop the tool, or pad...
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    There are so many possible variations, so a rough...

    There are so many possible variations, so a rough sketch of what you have in mind would help. Then we could suggest a number of cold connections.

    But ideally you will just send one to casters, to...
  10. Thread: New things

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    A strong house style, although I see...

    A strong house style, although I see simplification as a way to go commercial, and prefer the more elaborate pieces. Still all good, Deb. Cracking the opal sounds like the title of a thriller. Dennis.
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    Hi Jay and welcome to the forum. If your wire is...

    Hi Jay and welcome to the forum.
    If your wire is stiff, it is not annealed well enough. It needs to be heated (in a dark corner) so that it faintly glows all over and then quenched either in cold...
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    The trouble with books is that you can't ask a...

    The trouble with books is that you can't ask a question, or tell them to slow down.
    For each piece you make, the stages have to be in the right order, to avoid doing things twice over, which is...
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    Go to Foredom Warranty Repairs and use the chat...

    Go to Foredom Warranty Repairs and use the chat facility. hopefully they will advise you. Dennis

    https://www.foredom.net/warranty-repairs/

    Alternatively contact Milnes Bros, who are able to...
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    Ok, last word: Go slowly with the ring...

    Ok, last word:

    Go slowly with the ring stretcher and keep checking on your ring stick, because you can easily pass the mark.
    Rotate the ring a little at each press, to ensure it ends up round,...
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    Ah well, don't get me started on climate change....

    Ah well, don't get me started on climate change. We are having a bad storm at the moment in southern UK. People are living in damaged and flooded houses and some idiots are in denial about the cause....
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    No, sawing through heavy ends can go wonky, so in...

    No, sawing through heavy ends can go wonky, so in this instance I just lightly file the ends, using a filing block also known as a chenier clamp, which makes sure they are perfect.

    Obviously you...
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    That's strange Bob: it works from here, but if...

    That's strange Bob: it works from here, but if you google: http://mordent.com/toolsapps/ it should come up. That said, it although it has been popular on the forum, I just use callipers on my ring...
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    No, provided you bend the ends first the bending...

    No, provided you bend the ends first the bending tool can cope without any extra. Dennis.
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    No, for gold, I would use the length needed minus...

    No, for gold, I would use the length needed minus about 1.00mm, to allow for expansion.

    Some use the formula: length= 3.14 x (diameter+ Thickness). Others use a table http://mordent.com/toolsapps/...
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    Yes, that is what I do for all rings, except that...

    Yes, that is what I do for all rings, except that with silver when I have some stock in hand, I make a ring on the end of a length of wire just like winding a jump ring.
    Push it up a ring stick...
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    For bending, I use a ring bending tool as below,...

    For bending, I use a ring bending tool as below, with a strip of leather inserted to protect the outer surface from marks (fiddly but important). It will bend thick metal with little effort and also...
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    Yes, red gold and rose gold contain a more...

    Yes, red gold and rose gold contain a more copper, but are essentially the same thing. There is no need to hallmark, but your makers mark or some inscription, (avoiding the solder join for later...
  23. Well done. It proves we can beat a piece of metal...

    Well done. It proves we can beat a piece of metal into submission any time. Dennis.
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    Dear Elizabeth, Most people take the size of...

    Dear Elizabeth,
    Most people take the size of wide rings to be half way between the two edges on a ring stick. However when using expensive metal, it is worth making it in brass or copper first to...
  25. You need only file away pitted metal, but bear in...

    You need only file away pitted metal, but bear in mind that you will be reducing the ring size. If you consider it too damaged, continue to use it for experimentation, but ultimately return it to...
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