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  1. So long as you have enough working distance under...

    So long as you have enough working distance under the objective - it has an objective of 0.7-3x, so with 10x eyepieces it's a decent range for setting/engraving. Might need a Barlow lens though, in...
  2. And I doubt he was using a scope either :)

    And I doubt he was using a scope either :)
  3. There are better optics around, there are worse. ...

    There are better optics around, there are worse. My Nikon is from the early 80s, IIRC - and I've not come across a reason to upgrade it. Amscope get sneered at by "proper" engravers, but I know a...
  4. Seriously? People have been engraving and...

    Seriously? People have been engraving and setting with gravers & scorpers for centuries. Powered engraving tools are a very recent development by comparison. Yes, they make a few things easier,...
  5. Flat, onglette, round scorpers (if you're raising...

    Flat, onglette, round scorpers (if you're raising beads rather than cutting down around them). Everything in Jason's video is, IIRC, done with an onglette & a flat.
    I still use my "basic" gravers &...
  6. This should work... ...

    This should work...


    https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ornamentalengraving/328537972

    Malcolm Appleby's style is very different - what's shown here is more of a focus on the (dare I say more basic)...
  7. I've just used mine to take a couple of thorns...

    I've just used mine to take a couple of thorns from the szechuan pepper bush out of my fingers (and earlier I was doing some board rework under it).
  8. Scope. Look at Jason Marchiafava's videos for...

    Scope. Look at Jason Marchiafava's videos for some hand-pushed training using a scope.
  9. Thread: Urethane

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    Unfortunately, they no longer seem to have...

    Unfortunately, they no longer seem to have urethane on the site AFAICT. Might be worth asking them though.
    https://www.directplastics.co.uk/

    For spacers I just use 25mm acrylic slabs, but...
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    Several of the questions are "it depends..." ...

    Several of the questions are "it depends..."

    One caster I use (Jewellery Casting Scotland) have a minimum charge for 1-5 items, so it makes less sense to send them less than 5. Others don't (but...
  11. Thread: bench press

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    For jacks, I'd usually suggest Machine Mart (on...

    For jacks, I'd usually suggest Machine Mart (on one of their periodic VAT-free days) but I don't think they go quite that low on price.
  12. Thread: bench press

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    That looks fun. Has similarities to the press...

    That looks fun. Has similarities to the press described in Susan Kingsley's book.
    (I went the welded route for mine, admittedly)
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    I use paintball tubes in a printed rack. It...

    I use paintball tubes in a printed rack. It amuses me reading the review of this doofer - purely because I know the reviewer.
    Definitely something that could be run up in CAD & printed on a...
  14. Excellent. Many thanks for updating.

    Excellent. Many thanks for updating.
  15. Thread: Silver Prices

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    The old "you should have been here 10 years...

    The old "you should have been here 10 years ago"... On the upside, it's the customers foot the bill for it. On the downside - "eventually".
    I'd probably not advocate buying it in as an investment;...
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    No, it's no more white than sterling. It's the...

    No, it's no more white than sterling. It's the tarnish resistance that's the key thing.
    Don't heat it to red heat unsupported; it tends to crack. It anneals at a lower temperature....
  17. Thread: Outage

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    It has blips where the sw needs restarting. ...

    It has blips where the sw needs restarting. Needs admin access, not mere moderator prodding.
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    Honestly? It depends how you value your time. ...

    Honestly? It depends how you value your time. I'd scrap it and buy known good sheet. Are you sure it's silver and not plated?
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    I've asked and she's OK with it - if you search...

    I've asked and she's OK with it - if you search for Kerry Gregory on Facebook she may be able to help you with the beasty. Presupposes you use FB, of course...
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    A basic sterling alloy is 92.5% fine silver, 7.5%...

    A basic sterling alloy is 92.5% fine silver, 7.5% copper - what exactly are you trying to do, given germanium is going to cause you problems?
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    Argentium relies upon germanium in the alloy. ...

    Argentium relies upon germanium in the alloy. It's available, but I've never tried melting it & alloying it - given the anti-tarnish action is mostly down to the formation of germanium oxide I...
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    Err... Good question. I'll check & bung a photo...

    Err... Good question. I'll check & bung a photo up later - they still need to go to the assay office!

    (Brief explanation - my spinal issues developed to a point where I couldn't do much of...
  23. A standard method of working around firestain on...

    A standard method of working around firestain on silver is to plate over it. It's sub-surface copper oxide that's really only seen when you polish down to it (and the high reflectivity of silver can...
  24. The Hallmarking Act 1973 is part of UK law. So...

    The Hallmarking Act 1973 is part of UK law. So for selling jewellery in the UK, yes. Selling in the US, different laws.

    As far as rules go, I'd strongly advise reading the forum rules.
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    A quick & easy method to bring in the top edge of...

    A quick & easy method to bring in the top edge of a bowl is to sink it - stick it on its side, use a stump (or block of end-grain pine, for example) and hammer a course with a domed headed hammer. ...
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