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    Thanks Nick! I have a fair number of 1977...

    Thanks Nick!

    I have a fair number of 1977 Jubilee ingots to work my way through. How my family ended up with so many I have no idea but as they are pretty much only worth scrap value I'm happy...
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    Thanks Nick - That one looked nice - I liked the...

    Thanks Nick - That one looked nice - I liked the wooden handle and it looks as if it will hold firmly. No excuse then not to open the Delft clay kit now either.

    Luckily I already have the rolling...
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    THank you - yes that's the kind of thing I need....

    THank you - yes that's the kind of thing I need. Something that will grip the crucible without me having to keep applying the pressure to hold it closed. My grip is usually OK for most things but my...
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    Crucible and tongs choice

    I am amassing rather a lot of scrap and there is a limit to the number of balls I want to make. I also have some old jewellery ( hallmarked ) that I want to melt down.

    I'm looking at...
  5. Thread: Safety Chain

    by Caro
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    I've been busy melting down the 1977 Jubilee...

    I've been busy melting down the 1977 Jubilee ingots I was given at the time. I didn't much like them at the time and my opinion hasn't changed.

    I'm now working my way through my mother's stash of...
  6. Thread: Flux

    by Caro
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    I use Auflux - I don't get on the borax cones at...

    I use Auflux - I don't get on the borax cones at all.
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    The pandemic got me into jewellery making too. ...

    The pandemic got me into jewellery making too.

    I never got on with the borax cone and switched to Auflux almost immediately which greatly improved my soldering skills in one fell swoop. When I...
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    You can use any name you like ;) I have a number...

    You can use any name you like ;) I have a number of accounts and switch between them.
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    Thanks - I thought that was probably the case. Do...

    Thanks - I thought that was probably the case. Do you want me to ask again on the you tube channel so you can answer there to get some comments?

    Pendulum lady was somewhat incongruous! I live...
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    I notice you didn't cut channels for the air to...

    I notice you didn't cut channels for the air to escape which is what I've seen in every other delft clay video. Are they unnecessary then or was there a reason why you didn't?

    I'm also intrigued...
  11. Keep practising and you'll get there

    Keep practising and you'll get there
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    Well I butchered an old pair of pliers and this...

    Well I butchered an old pair of pliers and this is amazing! I had an early bezel set ring with an irritating bulge that I was totally unable to smooth out - 15 seconds with the setting pliers and...
  13. Thread: New bench

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    Bet you can't wait!

    Bet you can't wait!
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    Scrap value only on eBay. They were made in huge...

    Scrap value only on eBay. They were made in huge quantities. I was given 3!
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    I really enjoyed that - some great ideas for...

    I really enjoyed that - some great ideas for casting. I do have a kit but it's put aside "for later". I am very tempted to melt down a few of my 1977 Jubilee pendants now. I never liked them and...
  16. Thread: Torch choice

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    That's the one I'm using. I still love it. It...

    That's the one I'm using. I still love it. It comes complete. The only thing else you need, as Nick says, is a cannister of propane.

    A "quirk" to be aware of is the black button on the brass end...
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    I am currently making a couple. They need some...

    I am currently making a couple. They need some hammering and shaping though still

    I melted down my 1977 Silver Jubilee pendant (which I never liked) as the raw material. I've since been given...
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    Well the alternative for me was Carrie which was...

    Well the alternative for me was Carrie which was actually my grandmother's name. I refused to answer to Caz!
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    Tell me about it....... There's a reason I...

    Tell me about it.......

    There's a reason I rarely use my name in full!
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    Thanks Dennis - sadly the stone I was fighting...

    Thanks Dennis - sadly the stone I was fighting was too big for the setting tool.

    When I've recovered I'll give your pliers a whirl.

    Thanks for the tip :)
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    I've just done my first tube set too and horrible...

    I've just done my first tube set too and horrible problems getting the stone to stay in. Sheer brute force in the end
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    Sounds fine to me - I hate hearing myself too. I...

    Sounds fine to me - I hate hearing myself too. I was interviewed in a podcast a couple of weeks ago but I can't bring myself to listen to it at all ( I'm told I sound like Julie Andrews!)
  23. Thread: Hallmarking

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    Thanks Caroline The only info they've sent me...

    Thanks Caroline

    The only info they've sent me are the hallmarking rules and some sketchy advice on completing the submission notes. No useful practical information on how to place a HM or even how...
  24. Thread: Hallmarking

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    Do they always put the official hallmark next to...

    Do they always put the official hallmark next to the sponsors mark?

    I was planning on stamping the backplate of some pendents but it will be behind the stone. If I sent them set they could break...
  25. Thread: Hallmarking

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    I've pinched a gurt big 'ammer from my husband...

    I've pinched a gurt big 'ammer from my husband and that's working better. Still need to practice! I need a loupe to read it at 1mm.
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