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  1. Silver and steel! Soldering, and also hallmarking

    I have had a few people ask about shawlpins suitable for woven or felted shawls (as opposed to knitted). With knitted you can have nice thick pins, but less so for felted or woven, and a long silver...
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    When I was teaching web and computer skills in...

    When I was teaching web and computer skills in adult ed - nearly twenty years ago now - the tutor rate was about 16 an hour for teaching, to allow for course development, classroom setup and the...
  3. I use a glass mason jar (closes securely!...

    I use a glass mason jar (closes securely! otherwise my stupid cat might try to drink from it), which I sometimes put work into cold, if I'm not in a hurry, and othertimes set it up like a bain-marie...
  4. Thread: Gold prices

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    Silver's gone high high high too. I'm going to...

    Silver's gone high high high too. I'm going to need more soon and I don't know whether to get it now, or cross my fingers and wait for a bit.
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    I used a cheffy torch for years (bought it for...

    I used a cheffy torch for years (bought it for creme brulee) before it died - you should be fine with that. I use its replacement for little things like jumprings still, all the time.

    Do get a...
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    Would wrapping the tips of a little pliers with...

    Would wrapping the tips of a little pliers with lots of masking tape to avoid marking it, and using that to hold it, work? I guess it depends on the shape of the think you're sawing....
  7. Thread: Gold v silver

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    I just bought 9k, and that's a slightly...

    I just bought 9k, and that's a slightly terrifying experience! But I have a couple of craft shows coming up this summer, and want a couple of stand-out items for the stall, and I have been wanting to...
  8. Thread: Gold v silver

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    I've bought some 9ct gold wire. I'm making gold...

    I've bought some 9ct gold wire. I'm making gold versions of these two shawl pins - hopefully the images will appear when I hit post, but if not, there's;

    One small penannular pin. There's just one...
  9. Thread: Gold v silver

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    Gold v silver

    I have finally, finally, finally braved up and bought some gold! Now I'm looking at it and feeling a bit scared of making a very pricey puddle. Any tips for soldering gold instead of silver?

    I'm...
  10. Thread: Aaargh - rust!

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    In the absence of power, you could try making a...

    In the absence of power, you could try making a salt dehumidifier - a sieve of salt over a bucket? I doubt it will take all the moisture out of the air, but it might help a bit.

    Also, how are you...
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    I have slightly ratty (aka lived in) wood strips...

    I have slightly ratty (aka lived in) wood strips laid over plywood. With some gaps. It's a bit of a terror for losing stones on.
  12. Thread: Like a bad penny

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    My clever* cat just leapt onto the lit stove,...

    My clever* cat just leapt onto the lit stove, paused, and hopped off again with a fearsome leap. I'm hoping she learned her lesson.

    *compared to the other, very dim, cat.

    Lydia, those are...
  13. You could make some pretty easily by attaching a...

    You could make some pretty easily by attaching a little jumping to a small length of gold tube?
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    Thanks Dennis - you're a star! Is there any...

    Thanks Dennis - you're a star! Is there any sensible reason to not make the smaller one a button-sized circle rather than an oval?

    (these are for my partner, who wears a suit about once a year and...
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    cufflink dimensions

    Hello! Can I pick your brains on cufflink dimensions please? I have never made any before and I don't have a shirt anywhere to test things out on.

    I'm making up a pair of chain-linked cufflinks,...
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    Another +1 for it looking rusty in that pic....

    Another +1 for it looking rusty in that pic. Brass is slightly magnetic, so if you have a superstrong magnet on hand you might be able to identify it as that?
  17. Thread: A Caps Lock Cap.

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    That is such a clever little thing you've just...

    That is such a clever little thing you've just made! I don't remember ever finding the capslock key anything but VERY ANNOYING.

    (I'm on a mac right now and disabling it just takes a couple of...
  18. Thread: Accidental ring

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    Accidental ring

    So, I was making a completely different ring and this band, once I'd put things together, didn't work and so was spare to play with. So I started hacking bits out with files and got this crumpley...
  19. Thread: Torches

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    I don't think the little needlepoint will get hot...

    I don't think the little needlepoint will get hot enough for melting very much at all; it doesn't feel any hotter than a decent little butane torch. But a sievert with a nice big head should be fine.
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    Could you DIY it by twisting two or three round...

    Could you DIY it by twisting two or three round wires together?
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    I had a proper little production line going...

    I had a proper little production line going earlier, and was using a smaller-flame butane torch.I estimate that I had at least 15/20 mins on full (probably much more), and it hasn't run out yet. So...
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    I would be really, really wary of going near a...

    I would be really, really wary of going near a mystery-stone in a mystery-metal, in case I ended up with a puddle of melty metal embedded with glassy splinters.

    If they're unhallmarked, though,...
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    I keep safety pickle in a little glass mason jar...

    I keep safety pickle in a little glass mason jar - it goes into a crockpot of hot water if I'm in a hurry, but I usually just use it cold. It takes a bit longer but that's ok. It's sodium bisulphate...
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    The end of the tale: I ordered a new handle and...

    The end of the tale: I ordered a new handle and hooked that up, and the leaky problem is solved - not ideal cost-wise, but at least I'm not spilling propane under the floorboards to wait ready for an...
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    Surely if Cooksons or anyone else is selling eg a...

    Surely if Cooksons or anyone else is selling eg a ring shank or a chain as silver or gold it needs to be hallmarked unless below weight because it's a finished (apart from the stone or stones,...
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