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  1. Thread: red gold

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    Ha! Brilliant fun, eh? Bet you enjoyed a pint...

    Ha! Brilliant fun, eh? Bet you enjoyed a pint that night! My drawplate nightmare was with 4mm square and I think it was just a particularly crappy plate, to be honest (maybe that and having the vice...
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    Hi Susan, Is it for a one-off piece, or a...

    Hi Susan,
    Is it for a one-off piece, or a production run?

    Nikki

    Welcome, BTW:welcome:
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    Thanks, Peter, You've been a great help. Good...

    Thanks, Peter,

    You've been a great help. Good luck on the course, unfortunately because of where I live, the only courses on offer are knitting and scone-making, hehe. I'd need to travel to...
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    Jumprings

    well, you know when you've got your jump ring in your two sets of pliers, and you push the two ends over each other, to the side to form an over lap, then bring it back to the centre to "ping" it...
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    Brilliant, thanks Tilly.

    Brilliant, thanks Tilly.
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    Thanks, George, I'll check that out. Congrats...

    Thanks, George, I'll check that out.

    Congrats on your marriage and commiserations on the breakages, hope he's a good nurse!!
    Nikki
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    Concave profile ring blanks in white gold

    Cooksons used to do these ring blanks in 18ct White and Platinum, now they seem to be discontinued in all but silver. I was wanting to use them to expand onto a couple of 18ct halo rings, to protect...
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    Lucky you! Second hand mills are like gold dust....

    Lucky you! Second hand mills are like gold dust.

    To clean the mill I would take the rollers right out and give them a good rub with a fine grit wet and dry emery paper, clean back well to remove...
  9. Thread: red gold

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    Just treat it as gold and heat the join. the heat...

    Just treat it as gold and heat the join. the heat transfer rate is about the same, but it takes quite a blast, so the last time I used it (on a ring) most of the ring was glowing before it ran...
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    FAO George

    Hiya George,

    I've just been reading this thread and noticed mention of your tutorials in a mag? can you direct me to where I might find it please? I love maille work and yours is beautiful, I...
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    Hiya and welcome. The bad news is that no,...

    Hiya and welcome.

    The bad news is that no, glue isn't advised, cheats never win!(as my Dad would say) The best thing is to solder them, I'm afraid. If they are not able to be soldered (due to...
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    I wouldn't buy any tools yet, the college will...

    I wouldn't buy any tools yet, the college will advise you on what you need and they usually have a deal going with a tool supplier to get you a good price. They usually have everything you need in...
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    Thanks, Peter! You're a star. The book's on...

    Thanks, Peter!

    You're a star.

    The book's on my "I Want" list, and the website, bleedin hell, there goes my morning....

    Do you reckon it's something you can develop yourself though, or would...
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    Is the extra amount of bezel visible? ie does the...

    Is the extra amount of bezel visible? ie does the amount of stone showing on the loose one seem smaller? if so then it may be that your wire was a wee bit higher, maybe the join wasn't quite so...
  15. Thread: red gold

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    Yes, The solder will take quite a bit to run, so...

    Yes, The solder will take quite a bit to run, so get your brave hat on, and as I say there is an unavoidable colour difference (use hard, if poss), so make sure your join is as tight as it possibly...
  16. Thread: red gold

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    No it won't go green at all, it's an alloy with a...

    No it won't go green at all, it's an alloy with a high copper content but is still 9ct gold so won't tarnish any differently to any other 9ct alloy. It's just a bit of a swine to put through a...
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    Hey honey, you're worth loads whether you can...

    Hey honey, you're worth loads whether you can make jewellery or not. Please remember that. The sense of achievement is fab though. Keep going, it'll be a brilliant way to let yourself shine through...
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    No point in even trying to compete with mass...

    No point in even trying to compete with mass produced CAD designed stuff, you've gotta sell the fact it's all hand made, using traditional methods yada yada. Most people are still bowled over by...
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    Quite right, AND it means you get a load of nice...

    Quite right, AND it means you get a load of nice things to wear, yippee! No seriously, if at all possible a "dry run" like this is invaluable, although you need to work into your pricing the fact...
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    I also agree with Nic and Atelier Ava, and I...

    I also agree with Nic and Atelier Ava, and I would say that it's pretty much impossible to charge a flat hourly rate on bespoke peices unless you are completely confident that you can make that peice...
  21. Thread: Etching

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    P.S. If you do go down the etching route, it's...

    P.S. If you do go down the etching route, it's quite useful for making steel impression plates, to use through the mills directly onto annealed silver sheet. You can also do this with other things -...
  22. Thread: Etching

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    Etching

    Hiya, Did do quite a bit of etching at college but it's a long-winded, messy and quite dangerous affair (nitric acid, pretty obnoxious). Basically you have to cover the back and edges of the piece of...
  23. Thread: red gold

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    Hiya and welcome, fellow newbie! Cookson...

    Hiya and welcome, fellow newbie!

    Cookson supply 9ct red gold in sheet and wire from, and the solders to match, you'll find it all on their main website. It can be a little harder to work, for some...
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    Rollingmills

    Hiya,

    if you're going to buy a rolling mill, for god's sake don't buy a cheapy Indian made one (which is mostly what you'll find on Ebay), you'll be throwing good money away. The metal is soft and...
  25. Thread: Pickling

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    Ditto. I was a jobber too, used to quench the...

    Ditto. I was a jobber too, used to quench the pieces straight into cold pickle in a glass bowl, then rinse and ultrasonic. Worked a treat. Just don't put your face near the bowl when quenching!
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