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    I love my KCs although I do use my older frames...

    I love my KCs although I do use my older frames for certain jobs. One benefit of the quick release lever shows up when you have multiple holes to pierce, as releasing the tension of the blade then...
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    Eva, First I cut the silver steel rods using a...

    Eva, First I cut the silver steel rods using a piercing saw, I use regular files to shape the ends of my tools, to harden and temper the punch I use my blowtorch to heat the working end to a red...
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    I made most of my chasing and line tools using...

    I made most of my chasing and line tools using silver steel and sometimes old broken files. The last silver steel rods I bought from here; https://www.ekpsupplies.com/silversteel.html ,I cut each...
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    As Peter says, use a flat scorper with a bright...

    As Peter says, use a flat scorper with a bright polished cutting face, I use many sizes for different jobs with widths from 0.5mm. up to 3mm. I don't use HSS steel ones as mine were all bought before...
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    Nick, one of my egg pendants was worn by this...

    Nick, one of my egg pendants was worn by this princess in the past.

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    James
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    I assume that this pendant has been tested by an...

    I assume that this pendant has been tested by an expert to verify that it is genuine Faberge, in my time I have seen many fake Faberge pieces, looking at the photo of this pendant I would doubt it's...
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    Alistair, The egg was two halves with the hand...

    Alistair,
    The egg was two halves with the hand carved central bezel holding them together and a top mount to hold the jump ring, the pattern under the enamel was machine cut, it's called engine...
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    I made this egg pendant for my sister ten years...

    I made this egg pendant for my sister ten years ago.

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    As Dennis said binding wire may help you when...

    As Dennis said binding wire may help you when soldering or else you could perhaps try clamping the piece, like this.

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    Do you have a hammerhead attachment for a pendant...

    Do you have a hammerhead attachment for a pendant drill? if so you can grind the hammerheads into various shapes that allow you to hammer textures onto metals, This photo shows some of the textures I...
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    When I have a project to make in precious metals...

    When I have a project to make in precious metals I always make patterns using copper before committing my ideas to precious metals. I buy my copper sheet from this supplier EKP Supplies,...
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    Jules, the strips that I got from Knew Concepts...

    Jules, the strips that I got from Knew Concepts when they first started selling them are approx 1mm. thick, I rolled some down to approx 0.75mm. thick. Knew Concepts did try some 0.5mm. thick but I...
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    I rolled my strips down using my old Durston, I...

    I rolled my strips down using my old Durston, I did roll them down at the edge of my rollers and not in the middle just in case the titanium strip marked them, but they didn't leave any marks on my...
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    Hi Jules, the titanium strips mill down down OK,...

    Hi Jules, the titanium strips mill down down OK, I only thin down the ones that I want for tiny jobs, the strips as sold are about 1.3mm. thick and I just mill them down to circa 1mm. thick. They...
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    Sorry to go on about soldering clamps, but I...

    Sorry to go on about soldering clamps, but I think it's worthwhile spending some time making them.

    Someone asked me about a clamp that would hold single claw settings in place on a bracelet and I...
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    Hi Dennis, I do read this forum everyday, but...

    Hi Dennis, I do read this forum everyday, but most of the time the themes are not of interest for me to comment on. These titanium soldering clamps strips that Knew Concepts sell around the world...
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    I thought that we were all metalworkers, shaping...

    I thought that we were all metalworkers, shaping these clamps only takes a few minutes using round nose and flat pliers. I have posted photo sheets before showing how I make them but here is some of...
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    I use home shaped titanium soldering clamps to...

    I use home shaped titanium soldering clamps to hold wires etc in place when soldering, like these ones.
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    Titanium strips available from Cooksons,...
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    For 3mm thick sheet I would use a larger saw...

    For 3mm thick sheet I would use a larger saw blade, size 0 is the size I would use, but that is probably only because it's the largest in my stock of blades.
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    You can always make a rose from sheet, like these ones I made in the past.

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    I have always used a bench polisher, as others...

    I have always used a bench polisher, as others have said I start with a bristle brush and Tripoli compound then finish with a soft swansdown mop and Rouge compound. May I also suggest this book for...
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    I have only hand modelled my waxes for casting, I...

    I have only hand modelled my waxes for casting, I rarely use castings but some items must be cast, like this silver stag I made for an antique restoration job i the past.

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    I am sure you are joking China, check this...

    I am sure you are joking China, check this group;https://www.facebook.com/groups/1454448621535424/
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    I must admit that being an old school goldsmith,...

    I must admit that being an old school goldsmith, most recent enquiries on this forum have been outside my knowledge, I do read the posts every day, but I have stopped posting photos of my past work...
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    Hi, As Dennis says, I also use easy flowing...

    Hi, As Dennis says, I also use easy flowing silver solders on brass and copper, I buy my brass and copper sheet from this supplier who has served me well over the years, I also buy my silver steel...
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