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    I've used it with waxed cord and real...

    I've used it with waxed cord and real leather/suede successfully but never with a plastic one. It will stay put in the same place but it may not stay looking tight and neat. The best way would to...
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    I would just use a simple larks head knot through...

    I would just use a simple larks head knot through the ring on the top of the medallion (you may need to remove a bale if it has one like the one in your picture.)

    That will fix your medallion to...
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    The gem trade is full of good and bad sellers...

    The gem trade is full of good and bad sellers whatever nationality they might be. I've had some disappointing buys from the UK too. It's just a lot easier to return them and get a refund from a...
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    India is also a bit hit and miss. I ordered...

    India is also a bit hit and miss.

    I ordered some raw ruby from two Indian sellers. Both were much the same price and both arrived promptly ( well promptly allowing for international post that is)....
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    Really nice!

    Really nice!
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    They look great - the hardest part is often...

    They look great - the hardest part is often making the start!
  7. Thread: Awol

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    Get well soon :)

    Get well soon :)
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    Mine is just an old children's rock tumbler I got...

    Mine is just an old children's rock tumbler I got off freecycle. As long as you clean the grit out thoroughly so it doesn't scratch the jewellery it works just fine. Jewellery and shot is much less...
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    I haven't had to do this yet myself but I've seen...

    I haven't had to do this yet myself but I've seen that some people put it in an ultrasonic to clean it? Has anyone here tried that?
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    Much much cheaper from plumber suppliers! The...

    Much much cheaper from plumber suppliers! The mark up from the jewellery sites is huge.

    Try Hamilton Gas
  11. My safety pickle (citric acid) is in an old...

    My safety pickle (citric acid) is in an old coffee jar with a plastic lid. It sits in an old baby bottle warmer ( 5 from charity shop) and keeps nice and hot.

    5 minutes is usually enough for...
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    I had a horrible job getting a cylinder ( Mine's...

    I had a horrible job getting a cylinder ( Mine's the 8KG one) as there seems to be a distinct shortage of them at the moment.

    In the end I got one from the local scrap merchant who is also a...
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    That's great - thank you!

    That's great - thank you!
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    I agree - I want to send it as low profile as...

    I agree - I want to send it as low profile as possible. As always the value is a matter of opinion. I know what I would charge for them if I was to sell this design but I will be quoting the value at...
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    USA and hallmarking

    I want to send some pendants to a friend in the US - I am only charging the cost of the silver, my time is a gift to them.

    They are overweight for hallmarking though. If they are going straight...
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    I do use those type of discs for filing away...

    I do use those type of discs for filing away excess metal. I must admit I'd never thought to use them to facet metal balls though!

    Thank you for the idea
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    Well I'm still looking at my options. Having...

    Well I'm still looking at my options.

    Having had a root through what is laughingly called a garage here I've found a suitable power supply from a now well defunct model railway set. All I would...
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    I did wonder - I may leave them plain copper...

    I did wonder - I may leave them plain copper then until I'm ready to tackle proper electroplating.

    I hadn't seen the Walsh's one but I did see a few others.

    Thanks :)
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    Silver plating at home

    I cast some silver shell earring in solid sterling which were very popular but I've a) almost run out of scrap silver and b) have many requests for a cheaper version.

    I have plenty of copper and...
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    I had the Blazer GB2001 and was distinctly...

    I had the Blazer GB2001 and was distinctly underwhelmed – there is a thread on here somewhere about alternative uses for it as it's hopeless for more than the smallest job.

    I upgraded to a...
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    If you order borax powder, Cooksons class it as a...

    If you order borax powder, Cooksons class it as a hazardous product and send it via DHL and with a mandatory signature ( even now apparently). You don't get a slot and it can be any time until "close...
  22. Thread: Yellow bronze

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    The water has just evaporated. Happens to me all...

    The water has just evaporated. Happens to me all the time. I just add the water back!
  23. Thread: silver accents

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    That sounds like a shot plate. They are...

    That sounds like a shot plate.

    They are horribly hard to get hold of in the UK. I bought one from MonsterSlayer and some more from the Elsilver FB group

    ...
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    Just bumping this up so I don't lose it before I...

    Just bumping this up so I don't lose it before I try it this afternoon!
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    How odd - mine is 30+ years old and very "slow"...

    How odd - mine is 30+ years old and very "slow" compared with modern ones. I've used it a lot though for proper cooking and no seepage at all.

    I bought a small modern one a few years ago for...
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