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    Thanks DebTcan I studied in Canberra around...

    Thanks DebTcan
    I studied in Canberra around 2000, nice place! (originally from NZ). Postage is always going to be a nightmare- I sometimes wonder if setting up a buyers club with a group monthly...
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    Thanks Bob, do you have to pay import duty etc or...

    Thanks Bob, do you have to pay import duty etc or is there a cost below which its exempt?
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    I'll be going to Brisbane.

    I'll be going to Brisbane.
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    Australian suppliers

    Hi
    I am moving to Australia from the UK, and I was wondering what suppliers for tools and metals people use? (all two of you!) Also any other tips about smithing in australia (forums etc)
    Cheers...
  5. You are perfectly right Dennis! Sorry, I should...

    You are perfectly right Dennis! Sorry, I should have said forging followed by annealing
  6. A few things come to mind- are you scrupulous...

    A few things come to mind- are you scrupulous about not adding in soldered joins? If not the extra impurities from the solder will not help things. Secondly, molten silver has a very high capacity...
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    The usual "proper" way to do this is with a thin...

    The usual "proper" way to do this is with a thin foil of platinum which won't oxidise. A thin foil of fine silver will also work to a point and be a bit cheaper/more accessible. Both of these would...
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    Cone type shells should work ok, so long as they...

    Cone type shells should work ok, so long as they are placed at the right angle to remove without dislodging the sand (so the thickest outline is at the join)- once you try it you'll see how to place...
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    Hi I can see two possibilities here: -Titanium...

    Hi
    I can see two possibilities here:
    -Titanium that has been anodized (quite light in weight/low density)
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    -Hematite with a thin oxide layer (high density, heavy)

    If it is titanium then you...
  10. You could always write a personalised gift card,...

    You could always write a personalised gift card, so that you can continue working on the project but give it after the birthday.
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    Glad it worked out for you, I thought the initial...

    Glad it worked out for you, I thought the initial dimensions would be tricky.
    The formula works too: 4x4=16 mm cross section area, going to 5.5x1.7=9.35 mm area; 16/9.35=1.71 fold expansion of...
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    I think without losing material you can calculate...

    I think without losing material you can calculate it- 4x4 square has 16 mm cross section, 5x3 has 15 mm cross section so the extra metal must go into the length: 16/15=1.066. So your new wire will be...
  13. I think the most secure way to fix metal to...

    I think the most secure way to fix metal to leather is rivets, or failing that trapping between a backing plate and some teeth. Glue will always fail after some time as the soft material moves and...
  14. You will need it to go down both at once.

    You will need it to go down both at once.
  15. Hi I have done a lot of delft casting- not...

    Hi
    I have done a lot of delft casting- not always successfully! It is easier to start with something a bit thicker (eg two picks together) or to carve channels in the top layer of sand so that heat...
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    17 Kg is pretty big- a 4 kg cylinder would be...

    17 Kg is pretty big- a 4 kg cylinder would be more than enough for a smiths little torch. I have a sivert with a massive blowtorch and I don't use that much gas, just use a 4 kg cylinder and it lasts...
  17. Hi You have two choices- if you want the loop...

    Hi

    You have two choices- if you want the loop in the plane of the item as you press it into the cuttlefish then it can exist in your master. If you want it out of plane (as in the example you...
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    I'm not sure about Australia, but I often buy...

    I'm not sure about Australia, but I often buy from this Thai firm: http://www.gemselect.com They have always had a good service for me, and importantly, every individual stone is photographed and...
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    You can also cut one out of sheet as a...

    You can also cut one out of sheet as a disk/washer shape, and then using a doming punch and a mandrel turn it into a ring- but it is lots of hard work!
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    Sometimes turning it over and giving it a really...

    Sometimes turning it over and giving it a really firm whack with a mallet or wood stick pops the stone out, so long as you can keep a good grip on the bezel
  21. Hi I believe that a deep yellow colour is...

    Hi
    I believe that a deep yellow colour is usually obtained by adding zinc, in which case you should use a defined brass alloy (+ copper +/- silver if required), which should be obtainable from base...
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    I'd play around with copper, just to make some...

    I'd play around with copper, just to make some samples and get an idea of techniques. Round vs flat wire will change the appearance drastically. Use identical wires, or use different widths etc. If...
  23. Can you just drill the steel ball out? use a...

    Can you just drill the steel ball out? use a drill bit 2.7 mm and keep everything steady and it should be gone in no time- or use a smaller drill to start it off to reduce the risk of skipping into...
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    I have done something similar recently by forging...

    I have done something similar recently by forging a square bar- just hammer on one side only and you will curve the metal into a circle and thin the outer edge. Looking again, I see you want it...
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    Perhaps your hard solder is oxidised, as you say...

    Perhaps your hard solder is oxidised, as you say you dont use it often. Try sanding or pickling the solder to clean it up.
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