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  1. Dear Emma, You don't actually say what your...

    Dear Emma,
    You don't actually say what your barrel is made of, or whether the shot you have is stainless.

    !. Clean your barrel and shot by running it with just water and barrelling soap for 30...
  2. Good idea bob, a sugar one could easily be...

    Good idea bob, a sugar one could easily be reproduced in metal by a caster, particularly if they offer finishing services. Dennis.
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    Having a window open in the summer should be...

    Having a window open in the summer should be quite adequate for a shed Anna, but to keep the cold out, you might consider an air conditioning unit, which vents to the outside. Dennis.
  4. A common alternative for a one off, is electro...

    A common alternative for a one off, is electro forming, which deposits a thin layer of metal onto the item. This can probably be sent out to a jewellery electro forming company, or quite feasibly...
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    There there, dry your tears and get a set of...

    There there, dry your tears and get a set of universally accepted ring sizers and a ring stick to match, as advised by Bob (China) above. If in UK, Wheat Sheaf is best, but the cheaper aluminium ring...
  6. Thread: basket setting

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    The devil makes work for idle hands.

    Dear Debs,
    I looked for it today, but was unable to find it.
    The trouble is that one evening around the time of that post, i played with the Forum settings and lost all the pictures posted by me to...
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    Looks like you'll have to try one, Kristina. The...

    Looks like you'll have to try one, Kristina. The trick is to find out what a standard sized sheet is for them and cram in as many images as you possibly can.
    You can also consider sharing with a...
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    Yes, easy enough to find. My only comment is that...

    Yes, easy enough to find. My only comment is that as most of your pieces are made from wire, they are a little bit lost and difficult to see on a white background.

    Much easier and more attractive...
  9. Thread: Hello

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    Hello, just start asking. Dennis.

    Hello, just start asking. Dennis.
  10. Thread: Gold Plating?

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    Well done, thank you for your feed back. Dennis.

    Well done, thank you for your feed back. Dennis.
  11. Don't start with a fully equipped workshop. Buy...

    Don't start with a fully equipped workshop.
    Buy a used copy of Two in One Manuals https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jewellery-Two-Manuals-Madeline-Coles/dp/1840921978.
    It pictures the tools and describes...
  12. Thread: Gold Plating?

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    Nothing personal, Bob. It just reminded me of the...

    Nothing personal, Bob. It just reminded me of the annual Ideal Homes Exhibition at Earls Court London, which I used to enjoy as a teenager.
    The demonstrators of systems and gadgets, far outpaced the...
  13. Thread: Gold Plating?

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    It's a a slick demonstration video but if you...

    It's a a slick demonstration video but if you halt it near the end, you will see white patches on the knot of the ring. Obviously not as foolproof as claimed.

    I hope you will be able to show us a...
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    Yes, the patina will quickly darken if not...

    Yes, the patina will quickly darken if not protected and wax is not going to work for long.
    I would normally suggest a clear lacquer spray from a hardware store Sheena, but as you already have a...
  15. Oops wrong web site. try morticians. Dennis.

    Oops wrong web site. try morticians. Dennis.
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    If you search for decorative cord ends for...

    If you search for decorative cord ends for necklaces, or variations of the key words, you will see what is out there, but none as pretty as yours . Dennis
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    Hello, sleeping dragon. Good to have you back....

    Hello, sleeping dragon. Good to have you back. Dennis.
  18. Thread: Neck manaquin

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    Another reason for incorporating some jump rings...

    Another reason for incorporating some jump rings for adjustment, is that the neckline of the shirt, or top will influence the ideal length in some cases. Dennis.
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    Steve LAO posted that in 2013 and he is long...

    Steve LAO posted that in 2013 and he is long retired. When it gets tricky, it's always best to check with your assay office. They will be open tomorrow.
    Dennis.
  20. Thread: New Year

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    Thank you Keltz and the same to you. This is the...

    Thank you Keltz and the same to you. This is the year Optivisor sales fall dramatically. Unlucky for some. Dennis.
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    Hello Jas, good to hear from you. Dennis.

    Hello Jas, good to hear from you. Dennis.
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    Rashbel Bellore have some unusual imported...

    Rashbel Bellore have some unusual imported chains.
    Samuel findings also off Hatton garden are a go to place for chains.
    If they don't have what you want, they probably don't exist in the UK and...
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    The traditional way is to twist them with smooth...

    The traditional way is to twist them with smooth pliers, a quarter turn every 3mm or so. They will then be resistant to bending under moderate pressure, but continuous flexing would eventually cause...
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    Viruses are public enemy no1. Get well soon Deb....

    Viruses are public enemy no1. Get well soon Deb. Dennis.
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    I can answer some of the questions: I have...

    I can answer some of the questions:

    I have done this with pitch in a stout wooden box, but as you soften the surface of the pitch to embed your piece using a torch, you must take care not to...
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