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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.
    ...
  6. 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...
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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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    Normally you would lay some dental floss across...

    Normally you would lay some dental floss across the bottom of a bezel floor when trying in a stone. Then you can jerk it out if you leave generous ends.

    Failing that precaution, to get out a stuck...
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    If you have a diamond disk, you can make a groove...

    If you have a diamond disk, you can make a groove around it near the base, and push the bezel into that, but frustratingly it will tend to come loose if worn frequently.
    So as Sheena has said, it's...
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    Yes, lots of things to admire: The red of the...

    Yes, lots of things to admire:
    The red of the garnet goes really well with the darkened silver.
    The outsized flower makes a strong statement, enhanced by the finish of the edges.
    The tube setting...
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    Have a look...

    Have a look here:https://www.google.com/search?channel=trow5&client=firefox-b-d&q=short+courses+for+jewellers+in+the+UK
    I can recommend Morley College first hand. Dennis
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    Well done you. Dennis.

    Well done you. Dennis.
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    If you rivet a metal flower onto a ring, it will...

    If you rivet a metal flower onto a ring, it will be compromised, because the daily leverage will eventually cause it to come loose.
    I see no reason not to add a tube setting and then solder it...
  14. Thread: 18ct white gold

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    Using borax or Auflux/Auroflux, try to melt a...

    Using borax or Auflux/Auroflux, try to melt a clean small snip of your solder on some clean scrap silver or copper. I'm sure it will flow.

    Now provided the joint fits well, and all surfaces are...
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    Hi David. If you just want the outlines, real...

    Hi David.
    If you just want the outlines, real leaves can be photocopied, adjusted in size and used as labels to cut around.

    To use in a mill, artificial leaves can be obtained from craft supplies...
  16. Thread: "Olivia"

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    They'll fly off the shelves. A new factory is...

    They'll fly off the shelves. A new factory is called for. Dennis.
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    Anyone found the price?

    Anyone found the price?
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    I think it's been said somewhere already, but...

    I think it's been said somewhere already, but ingots benefit from gentle hammering to reduce them before rolling.
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    All mills are not created equal. For example...

    All mills are not created equal. For example gears and handle length play their part.
    As well as thickness, the length and breadth of the sheet will affect its resistance. I would struggle with...
  20. Cooksons sell a pearl clamp for not very much...

    Cooksons sell a pearl clamp for not very much money, which would probably do the job, and can be held in your drill vice. ...
  21. Thread: Family Bling.

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    Thank you all for looking. Well you are George,...

    Thank you all for looking. Well you are George, part of a very small group of friends. A virtual family in fact. Dennis.
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    Family Bling.

    There are several You Tube videos on the effects of twisting square wire, and I woke up one morning with the idea of presenting all my immediate family with a twisted wire ring in 9ct gold.

    The...
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    The difficulty will be getting the eight sides...

    The difficulty will be getting the eight sides exact Sheena, even with three dividers. The sloping sides are no problem. Dennis.
  24. Thread: Flux

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    Auroflux/Auflux works well with silver solders,...

    Auroflux/Auflux works well with silver solders, with much less bubbling than borax, so that is what many of us prefer to use.

    Easy Flow flux is particularly good for lower melting solders, such as...
  25. Thread: Safety Chain

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    As a rule of thumb, 5.5 - 6.0 cm is about right,...

    As a rule of thumb, 5.5 - 6.0 cm is about right, or you could tie some string loosely around the widest part of the hand, held out flat with the thumb tucked under.
    Cut the string, and subtract the...
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