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    Lock the vice?

    Lock the vice?
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    Dual purpose tools are always a pain. I've had my...

    Dual purpose tools are always a pain. I've had my Proxxon for more than twenty years. Its always ready and the optional three jaw chuck will take from standard 2.3mm drills to 7mm drill bits. For...
  3. Thread: Twisted ring

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    Good result. We won't ask to look at the join ha...

    Good result. We won't ask to look at the join ha ha. Andrew Berry is our most useful resource, even though I get a bit impatient when he goes on about the obvious. Dennis.
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    Good suggestion Deb. Tons around if you google...

    Good suggestion Deb. Tons around if you google coloured niobium ear hooks, for instance here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/market/niobium_ear_wires
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    Engraving is a loosely used term to cover rotary...

    Engraving is a loosely used term to cover rotary and vibratory tools. But if you want to extend you hand engraving skills, dont even think about them. What you need is a power engraver that uses...
  6. Thread: Optivisors

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    Thank you for letting us know. I often open the...

    Thank you for letting us know. I often open the front door with one on, but tipped up like a bucket handle, as I have forgotten about it. dennis.
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    Well you can try a back saw, but in my experience...

    Well you can try a back saw, but in my experience they are not anything as sharpas a jewellers saw blade and more likely to slip and make a mess.

    One thing that might help, as well as increasing...
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    What you do, as Caroline says, is to scribe the...

    What you do, as Caroline says, is to scribe the line using dividers and then, using an appropriate saw blade for the thickness of metal, cut through all the corners next. Then it will be reasonably...
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    The only thing that jars for me, is the non...

    The only thing that jars for me, is the non matching ear wires Sheena. Perhaps you could copper plate them, by putting them into well used pickle with an iron nail and then polish away only the...
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    There's nowt so queer as folk. Dennis.

    There's nowt so queer as folk. Dennis.
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    Here is some information for you, but I guess...

    Here is some information for you, but I guess permanent masks eventually get contaminated, or inefficient....
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    Thank you both. Dennis.

    Thank you both. Dennis.
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    Dear Ruedeleglise, I'm glad that you have...

    Dear Ruedeleglise,
    I'm glad that you have solved your problem, but it would extend our database and help other members if you could explain how you did it?
    Dennis.
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    Thank you Deb. Dennis.

    Thank you Deb. Dennis.
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    Here is a saw blade chart. You need at least...

    Here is a saw blade chart. You need at least three teeth touching when sawing the sheet, so the chart is not that helpful.
    However don't despair, a 4/0 blade will be just right for a smooth clean...
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    Draw it out carefully as a flat strip on graph...

    Draw it out carefully as a flat strip on graph paper, which helps to keep it accurate.
    The diameter will be taken from measuring your ring stick with callipers.
    The length (the cicumference) will...
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    Much has been said on this subject over the...

    Much has been said on this subject over the years, so here is a thread to start you off: https://www.cooksongold.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9439. Others can be found by putting the word 'torch' in...
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    Thank you Caroline. Tensol 70 as mentioned...

    Thank you Caroline.
    Tensol 70 as mentioned above is a two part cold-cure acrylic. if you shop around, it is not that expensive, but you are saddled with 500 ml, far more than you might need. It is...
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    Two Done And One to Go (part two).

    The elastic bracelet is threaded with clear Stretch Magic. The channels were drilled while the pieces were still rectangular, to help keep them parallel and the brass jigs were used to mark the...
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    Two Done And One to Go (part one).

    Here is my second acrylic suite, with a slight change in the colourway. I am posting this account in two parts, to allow me to show six pictures.

    The necklace is joined with miniature screw eyes...
  21. That's a thorough nuisance Anna, but you are...

    That's a thorough nuisance Anna, but you are right: your usage is not mainstream, so Cookson are unlikely to change their process back, although there is no harm in asking.

    Otherwise its time to...
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    Very effective Deb. Gemstones do tone down...

    Very effective Deb. Gemstones do tone down against a dark patina particularly as the agent gets onto the metal behind them. An exception is garnet, which sees brighter.
    Time to start a shop? Dennis.
  23. Thread: Christmas gift

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    Very effective and a million miles from the shop...

    Very effective and a million miles from the shop bought ones. Dennis.
  24. Thread: Optivisors

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    Well as you see Peter, I recommend the 4x, and...

    Well as you see Peter, I recommend the 4x, and the working distance from bridge of nose to the workpiece is about 20cm, or 8".
    To avoid hunching, I lower the chair, but it might still not suit you...
  25. Yes, the bane of working with silver, due to...

    Yes, the bane of working with silver, due to oxides of copper quite deep below the surface, hence the need for aggressive removal with abrasives.
    You can help to avoid it by shortening the soldering...
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