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    Argentium is the registered trade name for a...

    Argentium is the registered trade name for a particular low tarnish alloy. In the UK it is hallmarked as silver925.
    Once altered as you describe it is no longer Argentium, but can still be...
  2. Yes you're right Bob it did cross my mind, and...

    Yes you're right Bob it did cross my mind, and not a good situation if some is rolled into silver, or falls into the pickle pot.
    The green Scotchbrite as in pot scourers, has a bit more go to it...
  3. Hi Nina. Its a good looking mill, very similar to...

    Hi Nina. Its a good looking mill, very similar to my 23 year old Durston, so maybe its a far eastern copy.

    I would not be too radical, but just clean the grooves and rollers with medium and then...
  4. Thread: Bezel short

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    Yes if like me you are pure as the driven snow....

    Yes if like me you are pure as the driven snow. Dennis.
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    Well it did appear, Caroline. I for one find...

    Well it did appear, Caroline.
    I for one find bearer wire awkward to handle, and inevitably it's too deep and has to be cut down, creating waste. So if I want to raise the stone, I insert a jump...
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    I use fine silver bezels all the time. They...

    I use fine silver bezels all the time. They harden very quickly, and as I have been able to observe my work for 25years, I can say with confidence that it gives no trouble.
    The exception is tube...
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    Messy looking, probably got damp in storage, but...

    Messy looking, probably got damp in storage, but borax is borax, so still functional. Dennis.
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    I'm not familiar with this sort of crimping, but...

    I'm not familiar with this sort of crimping, but I hope you can get some clues on line here https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=crimping+for+necklce+making+on+Utube Dennis
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    They can be used for applying glue in small...

    They can be used for applying glue in small amounts, for instance when mounting half drilled pearls, or foil backed chatons.
    I cut them into short pieces and put a handle on mine, a mini pin vice,...
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    9ct white gold is very similar to sterling for...

    9ct white gold is very similar to sterling for soldering. The only difference I have found is that it can melt and collapse during the process.
    You will note that Cookson provide only medium solder...
  11. Thread: Caddy Spoon

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    It,s a lovely piece Alastair, and will be an...

    It,s a lovely piece Alastair, and will be an heirloom one day. You cant really be sure that a hallmark wherever done, will be to you liking, so I would just put one on he underside, where it can do...
  12. Thread: Urethane

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    Urethane, tends to expand sideways in a press, so...

    Urethane, tends to expand sideways in a press, so needs to be confined in a metal box to be really effective.
    By contrast, you can use neoprene rubber sheet(not foam) with non conforming dies, just...
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    If it aint broke, don't fix it. Dennis.

    If it aint broke, don't fix it. Dennis.
  14. Well sod's law says it will open after a while,...

    Well sod's law says it will open after a while, so I would close it as neatly as possible hold it in self closing tweezers and then and solder it with extra easy silver solder, flicking the flame of...
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    That's a brainwave from Caroline. You can have...

    That's a brainwave from Caroline. You can have the gap wherever you choose, solder in a vertical wire and make it into one of your signature prongs. Dennis
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    If the emblem is flat and with only minor...

    If the emblem is flat and with only minor undercuts, which can be blocked out with wax, then it will be an ideal piece to be replicated by the Delft Clay process.
    There is lots of information about...
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    I think the real answer is that the ceramic chips...

    I think the real answer is that the ceramic chips and cutting powder combination is for de-burring and pre-polishing and will give you a pumice like finish. Try using the ceramic chips with...
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    Either a tricky description, or copper balls...

    Either a tricky description, or copper balls covered in silver solder. Try polishing one just to be sure.
    Radial disks on your handpiece are good for this....
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    Visit MADE On Line.

    This is the time of year, when we would be visiting the Made Exhibition, in a church in Marylebone, London.
    Thanks to Covid 19 you can all visit free, no entrance fee, though I found the website a...
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    You should be proud, Sheena. I bet someone will...

    You should be proud, Sheena. I bet someone will try to buy that off you. Dennis.
  21. Thread: bench press

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    There's no better feeling than using tools you've...

    There's no better feeling than using tools you've made yourself. Hope you have lots of fun. Dennis.
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    Welcome back Caroline. I was just about to ask...

    Welcome back Caroline. I was just about to ask whether anyone had heard from you.
    David, as Caroline says, do the maths say for ten and write off the scrap as waste, to give you some indication.
    ...
  23. Thread: Gold wire tears

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    It really does look as if the wire has changed....

    It really does look as if the wire has changed. Try complaining to Cookson, or try wire from another dealer, such as Betts Metals https://bettsmetalsales.com/bullion. Dennis
  24. Thread: Copper coating

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    You would be more successful with gold filled and...

    You would be more successful with gold filled and vermeil. Dennis.
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    Are your wires from a trusted source? If...

    Are your wires from a trusted source?
    If annealing, or soldering, use only a soft flame with the air hole partially closed. Working in a darkened area will allow you to monitor overheating. Dennis.
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