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  1. Thread: Yellow bronze

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    I sympathise Sheena, having had matching problems...

    I sympathise Sheena, having had matching problems myself. You will probably have to make do with brass wire. It might match better if you pull it through folded sandpaper first for a matte effect.
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    Also, maybe there is little demand for an array...

    Also, maybe there is little demand for an array of 9ct solders.
    Both red and yellow 9ct become more similar in colour when heated for soldering, so it makes little difference which colour solder you...
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    Yes, if you protect your stones in water, or a...

    Yes, if you protect your stones in water, or a paste, this will absorb a great deal of heat. With a good joint, a slight mismatch in colour will not show, so you could try , extra easy 9ct solder.
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  4. Those grits are very fine, to impart the final...

    Those grits are very fine, to impart the final finish, but any chased surface is best polished with soft brushes and compound, or you will miss the deeper parts.

    It's best you leave that poor tin...
  5. Thread: Hi

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    Hi Ohana, and welcome to he forum. Hopefully...

    Hi Ohana, and welcome to he forum.
    Hopefully you will share your experience with us. Kind regards, Dennis.
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    Silver solder should flow within a minute or two,...

    Silver solder should flow within a minute or two, or you will need more heat. Also the piece needs to be heated overall by moving the flame around, before homing in on the joint.

    Prolonged...
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    I agree. Nice ring, but too speeded up for...

    I agree. Nice ring, but too speeded up for comfort Patni. In someone susceptible it could bring on a fit. You wouldn't want us jerking about on the floor, I'm sure. Dennis.
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    I've had a Morphy Richards, similar to this one...

    I've had a Morphy Richards, similar to this one from Currys, for about six years now. I prefer the oval shape, because it accommodates longer pieces and wires.

    The pickle stays in week after week,...
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    Hi Jules, I would etch first, and be sparing with...

    Hi Jules, I would etch first, and be sparing with solder.
    So that it does not to run onto your etch, solder your tubes and bezels from inside, and remove the flame as soon as you can. Dennis.
  10. Thread: Sizing cuff

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    Yes, I looked at those Caroline, but they are...

    Yes, I looked at those Caroline, but they are actually rings for fingers and might be miles away from what they want.
    There could also be a misunderstanding between bangles which are whole, and...
  11. Thread: Sizing cuff

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    There is lots of jewellery to see on line from...

    There is lots of jewellery to see on line from this show, but no cuffs.
    The question is: do you need all this frustration Caroline, with the possibility that they might even want to return it?...
  12. Thread: Stuck silver

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    If I'm wrong, and it's only scraps of silver,...

    If I'm wrong, and it's only scraps of silver, then a small screwdriver should push them out, possibly aided by some light taps from a hammer. Dennis.
  13. Thread: Stuck silver

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    With expensive sets the cutting punches are very...

    With expensive sets the cutting punches are very slightly tapered, so they easily pass right through the sheet. If the punch is stuck, you need to put your block on something with a hole or a gap,...
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    Obviously the first thing is to establish what...

    Obviously the first thing is to establish what metal you are dealing with.

    The use of paste solder to infiltrate the crack is a recipe for disaster, because if it fails to flow in, the cleaning up...
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    They are very unusual and well made. I think you...

    They are very unusual and well made. I think you are ready to make a collection of designs and sell them on Etsy actually. Dennis.
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    Congratulations. Don't forget to stop for meals....

    Congratulations. Don't forget to stop for meals. Dennis.
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. If the red colour...

    Hi and welcome to the forum.
    If the red colour is really all the way through, this is probably caused by burning off the zinc in the alloy, due to repeated melting, allowing the copper colour to...
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    To add to what Peter has said above, you will...

    To add to what Peter has said above, you will need:

    A basic jewellers saw frame and good quality blades for metal, either Vallorbe, or Bergeon, and a horizontal bench peg with a V shaped cut out,...
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    Hi Sheena, Brass hardens rapidly when worked,...

    Hi Sheena,
    Brass hardens rapidly when worked, and turquoise marks easily with metal tools, so you would have to have a close fit, keep the bezel edge only just tall enough, and finish it as...
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    I think we've been here before David. The...

    I think we've been here before David.

    The problems are that very thick silver needs annealing and drying at every pass, which makes it very slow to begin with.

    I prefer to pickle and rinse, out...
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    Ah, looks as if you need a car port (or a bus...

    Ah, looks as if you need a car port (or a bus shelter).
    You can add liquid borax before you start applying heat with a smallish flame, but it will froth and bubble. However, you might wish to add...
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    Hi David, As Nick has already said, you will need...

    Hi David, As Nick has already said, you will need a really large torch, because you not only have to melt the silver, but get it hot enough to appear to be spinning so that it will pour.
    The most...
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    Wards are a go-to family firm for professionals....

    Wards are a go-to family firm for professionals. Diamonds are expensive, but they sell all sizes at a price judged to be fair. Prior to Covid, their showroom was always busy to overflowing.
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  24. Thread: Bezel pusher

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    Yes, as the bullet is tapered you will need to...

    Yes, as the bullet is tapered you will need to use your pusher again after gluing, so that the edges don't stand away.
    So I would suggest a two part epoxy, used sparingly not to show, and slow...
  25. Thread: Bezel pusher

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    You will probably have to wiggle it more to make...

    You will probably have to wiggle it more to make it as loose as possible first. Then try the sticky tape. Dennis.
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