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  1. Hello Nat and welcome. Here are my thoughts on...

    Hello Nat and welcome.
    Here are my thoughts on lighting:

    LEDs are good, because they are economical and give a relatively shadowless light. It can also be dimmed for instance when soldering, or...
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    If your bangle is to have a hinge, as I presume...

    If your bangle is to have a hinge, as I presume it must, then you can secure it using another hinge, but with a captive split pin, which can be partly withdrawn.

    My acrylic cuff illustrates this,...
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    A simple way to make them of consistent size is...

    A simple way to make them of consistent size is to make small dips in a charcoal block as mentioned in the first reply by Peter Bond, using ball burs, and melting open jump rings in them. Dennis.
  4. Thread: 1mm shot

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    Hi, and welcome to the forum. Small is good,...

    Hi, and welcome to the forum.
    Small is good, because it reduces the visible damage due to surface pinpricks. However if it is only round shot, it is likely to leave sharp angles and recesses still...
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    Many of us including myself don't do this for a...

    Many of us including myself don't do this for a living, and those who do have not answered, possibly because they don't sell abroad.
    Your best move is not to go it alone, but to join a professional...
  6. Congratulations, Maria. A satisfied customer and...

    Congratulations, Maria. A satisfied customer and a reprieved husband.
    Hope you don't get a flow of these now. Dennis.
  7. Thread: Hello

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    Don't loose heart. We all have to experiment...

    Don't loose heart. We all have to experiment first. If your tubing is sticky a tiny amount of lubricant such as oil, or Vaseline will fix it. Dennis.
  8. It looks like the remains of the dark patina,...

    It looks like the remains of the dark patina, which was not removed by tumbling, and missed in the evening light. Tumble for longer, or rub with a silver polishing cloth and it should go.Dennis.
  9. Thread: Hello

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    Hi and welcome. This is way out of my...

    Hi and welcome.
    This is way out of my experience, because I fail to understand why your beads need to be silicone lined.
    However you can most easily thread tubing of the appropriate size (possibly...
  10. Correction. I should have said: A hallmark can...

    Correction. I should have said: A hallmark can only be added by an assay office in the UK, and is required by law if you are selling it here as gold. Dennis.
  11. Well done for finding that. By way of...

    Well done for finding that.
    By way of information a hallmark can only be added by an assay office in the UK, and is required by law if you are selling here.
    In the absence of a hallmark, you can...
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    If you don't want to texture it, then make it a...

    If you don't want to texture it, then make it a half to one size too small, and stretch it to size on a ring stretcher. With a little practice, these simple ones will work.
    You put on the ring and...
  13. If attempting a repair on combined 9ct yellow and...

    If attempting a repair on combined 9ct yellow and white gold, be sure to use only easy solder, or better still make your excuses and hand it back. Dennis.
  14. Thread: Cable wire

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    Sadly my adventures with silver cables ended...

    Sadly my adventures with silver cables ended with failure, because careless handling quickly resulted in permanent kinks, which make the work unsightly. The wires were also prone to rapid...
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    Well, one thing is certain Sheena: You'll end up...

    Well, one thing is certain Sheena: You'll end up with masses of debris from the wax. The rings will vary in bulk, according to the size of the finger, and men's are traditionally heavier than...
  16. Thread: Hello

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    Well then, over the years utter beginners have...

    Well then, over the years utter beginners have used the forum to help them along, and have quickly progressed to be confident jewellers. Dennis.
  17. Thread: Hello

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    I'm surprised that they are not continuing...

    I'm surprised that they are not continuing online. Andrew Berry is a good interactive resource https://www.atthebench.com/
    If you get stuck, you can always get help here. Dennis
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    This will be new to most members, but if you...

    This will be new to most members, but if you start here, you should be able to untangle it.
    https://www.foreign-trade.com/reference/hscode.htm.
    I put jewellery and gemstones into the search box...
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    Please don't be insulted by this, but it is...

    Please don't be insulted by this, but it is possible in a moment of inattention to insert your saw blades the wrong way round. The teeth should be pointing downwards. Dennis.
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    Don't actually see a link, David.

    Don't actually see a link, David.
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    Polishing and cutting will produce dust and for a...

    Polishing and cutting will produce dust and for a relatively small volume of work, the masks or a transparent shield used for Covid protection should be sufficient.
    A hood, even improvised, will...
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    I made some buff sticks when I first started and...

    I made some buff sticks when I first started and they are in a bottom rawer as good as new. It dawned on me that sheet and wire were beautiful when you bought them. I try hard to preserve the profile...
  23. Thread: Scrap

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    If you don't want to shop around, the quick fix...

    If you don't want to shop around, the quick fix is to send it to Cookson, for assay and purchase. They will send you a cheque in 2-3 weeks.
    You will need to have about a kilo to make it worthwhile,...
  24. Hi Faye, Nicola of Murano Silver, sadly is no...

    Hi Faye,

    Nicola of Murano Silver, sadly is no longer with us. In fact it is doubtful whether the shop at Market Deeping is hers any more.

    Do learn to solder as soon as possible. Without that...
  25. Hi Faye and welcome. There is nothing tricky...

    Hi Faye and welcome. There is nothing tricky here. Just ask a question and the members will help. Dennis.
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