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    Hi Freila and welcome. What metal are you...

    Hi Freila and welcome.

    What metal are you using? Some enamels react with various metals. If you are using sterling silver it could be reacting to the copper in it. You may have to "depletion...
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    I really like the Celtic knot type patterns and I...

    I really like the Celtic knot type patterns and I think it suits the opener keyring really well. Thumbs up from me:Y:
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    Very nice Peter, I've attempted these boarder...

    Very nice Peter, I've attempted these boarder patterns myself and I can understand what you are saying about practice plates, as you say they have their place but an actual piece concentrates the...
  4. A thumbs up and a like from me Dennis. The black...

    A thumbs up and a like from me Dennis. The black and ivory colours go together very well.:Y::)
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    A good technique, well described and executed...

    A good technique, well described and executed nicely. Very interesting, well done.
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    Yes, yes, yes. I had to add the other 2 yeses as...

    Yes, yes, yes. I had to add the other 2 yeses as one yes was too short for the forum ;-)
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    It sounds like you have work hardened metal and...

    It sounds like you have work hardened metal and it's getting springy. When you say hammering, is it a hammer you are using or is it a hammer handpiece with a punch?
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    You need to hold the base of the bezel firmly so...

    You need to hold the base of the bezel firmly so that you can the push the top over. You've attempted to do this by holding in a vice but this will not be good enough.

    Use some polymorph,...
  9. I have an Eakins scope that looks like the...

    I have an Eakins scope that looks like the components come from the same factory as the Amscope. A review can be found here:

    https://youtu.be/sZqCsk0kGm8

    I'm more than happy with it, and it has...
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    Thank you all for the lovely comments and advice...

    Thank you all for the lovely comments and advice it is much appreciated. I will take a while longer to decide what to do and when it's completed I'll post the results.
  11. It's the microscope for me as well. As an...

    It's the microscope for me as well. As an alternative style of engraving take a look at Malcolm Appleby's work.

    https://www.instagram.com/malcolm_appleby_engraving

    He uses a scope as well as...
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    Caddy Spoon

    I know its not jewellery but here goes anyway. I've had this sitting on my bench for a while now, not quite finished. Its a one piece sterling silver caddy spoon which I've hammered, punched, carved,...
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    If you have to some material the same thickness...

    If you have to some material the same thickness as the slot, you can shove it in and solder it up. It will mean you have 2 solder joints instead of one and you will need to trim up the seat for the...
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    There is a thorough article examining the...

    There is a thorough article examining the different aspects of firestain here:

    http://www.silversmithing.com/1fire.htm
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    If you have a torch that you use for soldering...

    If you have a torch that you use for soldering then use that. You don't need anything special. I've used a plumbing torch and an oxy/propane both worked fine. I heat from below on a tripod with some...
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    You can also use sellotape to hold while gluing.

    You can also use sellotape to hold while gluing.
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    Great video Josef, the pins seem to be avoiding...

    Great video Josef, the pins seem to be avoiding the skull, would you normally position the pieces to be polished like this or would you put them more in the "stream".
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    Your casting has come out well. I would have used...

    Your casting has come out well. I would have used a smaller drill so that the wall thickness is larger, with wear it may break through. I agree with you about giving it a try, you may be pleasantly...
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    Hi Adrian, I've used liver of sulphur a few...

    Hi Adrian,

    I've used liver of sulphur a few times. I have some solid lumps which I dissolved in hot water. It works much more quickly when hot but does give off fumes. Good ventilation and...
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    They also do smaller packs of straight wire. I...

    They also do smaller packs of straight wire. I bought some on your recommendation. I seem to remember that the delivery was relatively expensive but the up side is that the wire does not need to be...
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    What is your market? If it's the lower end of the...

    What is your market? If it's the lower end of the market, I suspect it is as you are talking about basic jewellery skills, then you will be competing with countries that have a lower costing labour...
  22. You could try one of these: ...

    You could try one of these:

    https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/tapered-spindles-mini
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    You have a thumbs up from me Deb.:Y:

    You have a thumbs up from me Deb.:Y:
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    Hi Harj, Welcome to the party :-)

    Hi Harj,

    Welcome to the party :-)
  25. Put it in some coolmorph or polymorph, set one...

    Put it in some coolmorph or polymorph, set one side then turn over and set the other side. If you are still having problems some gentle persuasion with hammer and punch, this will require a little...
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