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  1. Thread: Surgical steel.

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    Not an easy road. You can get medical quality...

    Not an easy road. You can get medical quality stainless steel wire from Smiths, although you might have to phone them for advice.
    https://www.kcsmith.co.uk/productsearch?q=medical+wire,
    and use it...
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    Train jewellers when you have no experience...

    Train jewellers when you have no experience yourself?

    Then find a market for your products? Or is it the semi trained jewellers you wish to export?

    It's a joke, right? Dennis.
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    This is the sort of thing to get. By saying...

    This is the sort of thing to get. By saying dental, it ensures a 2.3mm shank. Dennis....
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    And I'm sure it's the therapy you need just now....

    And I'm sure it's the therapy you need just now. The days would be very empty without my nose to the benchpeg. Dennis.
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    Of course if you already have a large plumber's...

    Of course if you already have a large plumber's torch, you might use it in the interim, by modifying the air holes with an Ω shaped strip of copper or brass, which partially closes them. Then you can...
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    Yes it's surprising that Cookson do not know the...

    Yes it's surprising that Cookson do not know the answer, but the sales people might never have used a polishing lathe.
    One side of the hole is often bigger than the other, but I have sometimes used...
  7. Thread: Hello Everyone

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    Hello Harj, and welcome to the forum. Some things...

    Hello Harj, and welcome to the forum. Some things can be found using our search box, top right, but often it is better to google it and find the forum threads that way. Dennis.
  8. Thread: storing pearls

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    Wendy, among acknowledgements you should also...

    Wendy, among acknowledgements you should also remember the oysters, who gave up their lives to make all this possible. Dennis.
  9. Thread: storing pearls

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    A bit off topic, but for silver I use 3M anti...

    A bit off topic, but for silver I use 3M anti tarnish tabs and in closed containers or bags, they don't have much work to do. So both here and abroad, they last a very long time, possibly 6-7 years....
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    Once annealed, brass is soft enough to bend by...

    Once annealed, brass is soft enough to bend by hand, but springs back slightly. Look in your kitchen for a utensil of a suitable size. possibly an upside down saucepan. Dennis.
  11. Thread: storing pearls

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    Don't forget to do some self promotion when your...

    Don't forget to do some self promotion when your book is out, Wendy.
  12. Thread: storing pearls

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    Don't forget the anti tarnish tabs for metal.

    Don't forget the anti tarnish tabs for metal.
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    Put in Brush: that'll fox 'em.

    Put in Brush: that'll fox 'em.
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    If your brush is wet and soapy enough, you get...

    If your brush is wet and soapy enough, you get the true copper colour. If your brush is dry, you offload brass. Dennis.
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    Freshwater pearls, I guess. Dennis.

    Freshwater pearls, I guess. Dennis.
  16. You can also press wood into Delft Clay for...

    You can also press wood into Delft Clay for casting, but if it has not been sealed, it might need to be wet. D...
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    Yes, copper is really soft when annealed. You can...

    Yes, copper is really soft when annealed. You can harden round wire by twisting, but other profiles might look a bit strange. Dennis
  18. Thread: Finishing

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    The only method I know of, is to press down with...

    The only method I know of, is to press down with the flat part of a highly polished burnisher, avoiding the letters. The result will be better, but not perfect. Dennis
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    Thanks, you're a pal.

    Thanks, you're a pal.
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    There are these, very unobtrusive micromotors...

    There are these, very unobtrusive micromotors which just sit on your bench. No experience of this particular company, but worth the gamble....
  21. Thread: Tumbling chain

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    Tumbling loose chain would be disastrous. The...

    Tumbling loose chain would be disastrous. The only way is to fold it carefully and tie it to something straight with thread or binding wire, but the result will be imperfect, because some of the...
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    An ultrasonic is by no means essential for low...

    An ultrasonic is by no means essential for low volume work. For generations jewellers have used detergents, hot water, and a soft brush. Now you even have water soluble compounds like Manzerna....
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    Some stones will withstand the tumbler, but...

    Some stones will withstand the tumbler, but really the bezel has to be repolished by hand, using mounted silicone rubber wheels, for instance Eveflex 970330 and 970 320.
    You will also need a cheap...
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    Hi Joanna, When you have filed the place flush,...

    Hi Joanna,
    When you have filed the place flush, keeping the area as small as possible, use a fine pendant motor frosting wheel to blend it in Cookson No: 999 CCP.
    Run it slowly, keep it moving and...
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    Fascinating, Patni. Could watch that all day....

    Fascinating, Patni. Could watch that all day. Dennis.
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