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    I regularly saw tiny things and use a hoover tube...

    I regularly saw tiny things and use a hoover tube suspended above what I'm sawing, which removes the 'dust', so I can see where I'm sawing. If the hoover tube isn't suitable for the situation, use...
  2. Thread: Caddy Spoon

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    That is exquisite Alastair. Even though you...

    That is exquisite Alastair. Even though you don't want to sell it, I'd definitely be having it hallmarked, but would have it on the reverse of the 'handle' area if I had made it. I do like the idea...
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    Stephen Goldsmith mentions in his book Polishing...

    Stephen Goldsmith mentions in his book Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths that you use a spoonful of powder mixed with clean water and shot in the barrel. Fill the barrel half...
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    I know others will disagree, but in Stephen...

    I know others will disagree, but in Stephen Goldsmiths book he mentions that round barrels/tumblers are for polishing stones. The ones he recommend have flat sides with vanes inside. Here's a link...
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    I use Town Talk silver cloths and find they bring...

    I use Town Talk silver cloths and find they bring things up to a good shine. If using washing up liquid, I always use a good quality one, rather than a cheappie.
  6. Thread: Tarnishing info

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    That's interesting Caroline, I think I'm going to...

    That's interesting Caroline, I think I'm going to do a test with my jewellery, give it a clean, wrap in acid free tissue paper, along with a tab and see how it fares. God knows what sort of glue...
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    That's good to hear Bob, I've always found them...

    That's good to hear Bob, I've always found them very helpful.
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    I was quite astonished about some of the findings...

    I was quite astonished about some of the findings and wonder if its almost too much information to give customers, or perhaps not??
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    Tarnishing info

    I've been researching tips on stopping tarnish and found this on the BAO website and thought it might be useful to others. https://theassayoffice.com/tarnish_labexpert
  10. Thread: Silver plating Q

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    I am unsure whther you are uk based or not. ...

    I am unsure whther you are uk based or not. There ae companies that will do this for you, such as rhodium plating something. IMO, though, I'd be wanting to ensure I'd made the best job of removng...
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    I normally bung in a tablespoon, but I've got a...

    I normally bung in a tablespoon, but I've got a relatively small pickle pot. If it doesn't work after about 20 mins, chuck in some more!
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    The max thickness of sheet I put in my cutter is...

    The max thickness of sheet I put in my cutter is 1mm. I wouldn't go up to 1.2mm personally.
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    You are welcome Sheena, I hope it all works...

    You are welcome Sheena, I hope it all works properly when it arrives. :D
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    You don't need a light box necessarily. We...

    You don't need a light box necessarily. We started out with one, but now use A3 paper pinned to a perspex backing and its been fine. It depends on what you want to do really. Also I don't take...
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    I usually get my pickle from George Weill, but...

    I usually get my pickle from George Weill, but have recently found this site https://www.inoxia.co.uk/Basket/Index which is cheaper.

    Hope that helps. xx
  16. Thread: Freedom at Last.

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    Oh Dennis, I bet that was lovely and so much more...

    Oh Dennis, I bet that was lovely and so much more enjoyable than being stuck indoors and your meal probably tasted better too! We went to our favourite bookshop on Thursday and it felt so wonderful...
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    With mine, I put it on the hot setting for 20...

    With mine, I put it on the hot setting for 20 mins, then the keep warm setting. Like Caroline, if my lid rattles, I know I've left it on hot for too long. Could you try some in a bowl, sat within...
  18. A photo of the problem would be useful.

    A photo of the problem would be useful.
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    I'd suggest you get yourself one of these...

    I'd suggest you get yourself one of these https://www.theloupestore.co.uk/Tech-Line-Series/Tech-Line-watchmaker-s-magnifier-327.html which will enable you to see where you need to make any...
  20. Thread: Surgical steel.

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    Many thanks for those extra tips Dennis. :)

    Many thanks for those extra tips Dennis. :)
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    Thanks Alastair, much appreciated. I bought a...

    Thanks Alastair, much appreciated. I bought a pack of earwires years ago and they are awful, so have sat in a box since. I'll definitely be ordering some of this wire for my more sensitive...
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    If I wanted to make my own surgical steel...

    If I wanted to make my own surgical steel earwires I assume I get the soft wire, shape and hammer, so its work hardened?

    Ahh, teasing me now, eh! haha :D
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    Thanks for the Smiths link Dennis, most useful.

    Thanks for the Smiths link Dennis, most useful.
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    I use this place for my mops...

    I use this place for my mops https://www.thepolishingshop.co.uk/index.php?route=product/search&search=mini%20metal%20polishing%20mops ; they are also good for phone advice too.
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    New Torch !

    Hi Guys,

    Just a quick update to say I bought this torch and can highly recommend it. https://www.hswalsh.com/product/blazer-gb2001-soldering-torch-tt385

    Its made me realise how bad the old one...
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