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    Thank you, you are so helpful, I am so glad I...

    Thank you, you are so helpful, I am so glad I found this forum! :D
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    Thank you for your response! I am pleased to...

    Thank you for your response! I am pleased to know it is not my soldering skills :D
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    Thanks very much, Dennis! The link took me to a...

    Thanks very much, Dennis!
    The link took me to a page of many torches, I am not sure which one you are referring to?
    I am in South Africa and these are the affordable options currently at the store...
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    Big Bezel Soldering Issue

    Hi there,

    I recently bought some 3cm long tear drop cabochons but have been struggling to solder the bezel to the plate and I can't figure out why, smaller bezels aren't an issue at all.
    I'm...
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    I bought some new ball burs in different sizes...

    I bought some new ball burs in different sizes and they go through beautifully! Thank you! I had tested with some older ones that clearly weren't too sharp but the new ones go through well, thank you...
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    That actually does help, thank you very much!

    That actually does help, thank you very much!
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    I just tried that, it drills into wood like...

    I just tried that, it drills into wood like butter, no problem, I think I may just have a piece of very hard brass, but doesn't explain why I could do it last week (it still wasnt terribly easy but I...
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    I have tried from lowest and upwards with not...

    I have tried from lowest and upwards with not much difference :-/
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    What else can one do with 3mm thick brass if I...

    What else can one do with 3mm thick brass if I end up not being able to use it? It's so thick I can't think of what else I can do with it!

    (edit - its 2mm, sorry)
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    I wish! That would make so much sense with the...

    I wish! That would make so much sense with the way its drilling (kind of pushing the edges up instead of going through) It's unfortunately not in reverse, I wish that were the case.
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    Thanks for your reply. I started with a new cut...

    Thanks for your reply. I started with a new cut off of the same sheet of brass, because I just have one A4 sheet of 3mm brass, and have annealed it, still no luck. Could it be I got lucky with the...
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    Flush Setting - Drilling Problem

    Hi everyone,

    I have a very frustrating and strange issue.

    I have been flush setting into 3mm brass, everything has been going fine until it now.

    I try to drill into the metal, with barely...
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    Thank you!

    Thank you!
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    Yes, I've noticed this already!

    Yes, I've noticed this already!
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    Thanks for the welcome! Yes you are right, I...

    Thanks for the welcome! Yes you are right, I suppose it is better this way! I have come to see that this will be a never ending journey of learning, which I think is great!
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    I read that one shouldn't use a steel hammer...

    I read that one shouldn't use a steel hammer though? If one can then fantastic, because I have a heavy enough steel one, I just worry about causing any damage?
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    Hello Everyone!

    Hi everyone!

    I am a newbiesmith/newbie (jewellery) metalsmith, I went to a few classes last year but have been mainly learning by myself which can be an incredibly frustrating process, especially...
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    Thanks for the welcome, and the reply! I've...

    Thanks for the welcome, and the reply!

    I've just found a copper hammer 2 pounds from a company that I'm not sure sells to the public but have emailed them to find a price!
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    That's amazing!

    That's amazing!
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    Homemade??

    Homemade??
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    Hammer and Disc Cutter Question

    Hi everyone,

    I just bought a disc cutter (cuts up to 1mm) and as fate would have, I can't find any brass hammers in South Africa, except for this one:
    (I can't post the link it says) But it is...
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    Beautiful! Absolutely love the concrete bashing...

    Beautiful! Absolutely love the concrete bashing texture!
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