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    OK, so I have made some progress when I've had...

    OK, so I have made some progress when I've had the time (I'll post some more photos when I've gotten further), and my needle drill idea worked, apart from the pin vices I have aren't good enough to...
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    I had a go at flattening out my 1 Oz lump of...

    I had a go at flattening out my 1 Oz lump of silver yesterday, using big lump hammer and the 'anvil' of an old broken vice, and got far enough so it would fit in the mill, but the bolt threads and...
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    Hi again Jill - I typed a reply out late last...

    Hi again Jill - I typed a reply out late last night but 'the machine ate it'!

    I've tried similar to your suggestion but using the 'grey' solder block stuff and it didn't work well - the expanding...
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    Sticky: Well Jill, as long as it's a nice emerald shade...

    Well Jill, as long as it's a nice emerald shade and not a jade one lol!

    It's taken me years to get that workshop properly 'usable' since I had no capital and no real income to invest, and now I'm...
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    Jill, thanks very much for the kind words - you...

    Jill, thanks very much for the kind words - you put a huge smile on my face ',;~}~

    It was finding my first few pieces of 'spalted' wood (wood coloured/patterned during fungal decay) that kind of...
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    Heheh, yes indeed that's how I got to 'here' in...

    Heheh, yes indeed that's how I got to 'here' in the first place so to speak! I just sometimes still get caught up in the mental and emotional 'noise'; the doubt, the worry and concern for loss of...
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    Sticky: I knew I'd missed a shot - now you can see the...

    I knew I'd missed a shot - now you can see the wood storage shelves and all the lovely stuff on them, and all the floor clutter I have to dance around, plus behind the wooden chair at the back you...
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    Sticky: Time for me to post some workshop pics too I...

    Time for me to post some workshop pics too I think - this is the most organised and tidy the place has been, except for earlier in the year when I first straightened it all out and finally made...
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    So I attacked this job again today, the upset and...

    So I attacked this job again today, the upset and anxiety at yesterday's failings having turned to renewed enthusiasm and excitement - once again the game is afoot!

    I tried first to just remove...
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    Thanks Sammyjean I'm probably going to need it...

    Thanks Sammyjean I'm probably going to need it too along with a huge dose of good management as well lol!
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    Serendipity! 'Fortuitous happen-stance' as I...

    Serendipity! 'Fortuitous happen-stance' as I define it. I encounter a fair bit of this especially in my materials castings and it's given me better results on many occasions than the very best of my...
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    Cheers Alan! This commission is for an Indian...

    Cheers Alan! This commission is for an Indian lady and I hear she's fond of the old 'Persian Pickle' designs, so hopefully when it's done it'll go down well with her.

    I'll be tackling it again...
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    Cheers Dennis; it's one of the reasons I tend to...

    Cheers Dennis; it's one of the reasons I tend to throw myself in at the deep end and take on complicated sets of tasks I've little to no experience of. However I'm more used to getting things to work...
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    I may need to remove all the looping and start...

    I may need to remove all the looping and start again from fresh as the bits left behind between loops will be an out of place looking unsightly mess.

    The reason I went for multiple loops in the...
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    8315 8316 8317 8314 I tried to add in...

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    I tried to add in new wire loops to replace those I'd 'lost' to heat fatigue but it didn't take at all - I'd used heat paste on the surrounding areas, and not only did...
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    Dennis - I needed it to sit flat to keep the wire...

    Dennis - I needed it to sit flat to keep the wire in place flush with the base of the rest of it - it didn't want to hold as it was - I just dug a channel out of the soldering block for that though....
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    Lydia, Lauren - thanks ',;~}~ Shaun/FloWolF

    Lydia, Lauren - thanks ',;~}~

    Shaun/FloWolF
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    Thanks Alan - I love making these composite...

    Thanks Alan - I love making these composite materials. ',;~}~

    Looks like I'm heading to the workshop a little later this morning, after cup of tea, meditation and breakfast - hopefully it'll go...
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    This was my thinking initially too Dennis, but I...

    This was my thinking initially too Dennis, but I tend to struggle with the easy solder flowing right on more delicate joints, but not so with larger areas like the pin mount, added to this it's...
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    Thanks I'll do my best - I've ruined a few pieces...

    Thanks I'll do my best - I've ruined a few pieces during soldering because I get nervous, then I get distracted, and I blink and then it's silver puddle time...

    As for the pin yes I'm aware they...
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    0.8mm sterling wire, slightly flattened then...

    0.8mm sterling wire, slightly flattened then shaped - this should solder onto the silver base, then I can 'artistically adjust' the loop shapes to hold the cabochons - there's 3 more flattened and...
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    Brooch Commission.

    A commission I'm working on for my wonderful aunt, who's ordered it as a 60th gift for her sister, hence the 6 separate pieces - one for each decade.

    Made from pine cone and crushed oyster shell...
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    Been using this brilliant stuff for a while now -...

    Been using this brilliant stuff for a while now - mixed with pine resin and candle wax I even use it for dopping my wood and resin pieces for shaping and polishing!

    ',;~}~

    Shaun.
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    If annealing raw cut stock that I want as ductile...

    If annealing raw cut stock that I want as ductile as I can get, then into cold water it goes, but for after soldering it goes into hot pickle at about 55 -65 c ('cos that's about how hot my old...
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    Thanks for the replies folks - looks like I am...

    Thanks for the replies folks - looks like I am just going to have to improvise and experiment, and see how far I get ',;~}~


    Cheers all!


    Shaun.
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