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    It is hard work I’ll admit. A friend who was an...

    It is hard work I’ll admit. A friend who was an art teacher in a High School said oh we have a laser cutter for the students to get shapes cut. I have a huge box of quarter sheets of perspex and...
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    Love the laminated pieces they take me back to my...

    Love the laminated pieces they take me back to my early days. It turns really well on a lathe too, I made a few layered bangles
  3. Thread: Faulty finishing?

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    There’s nothing that a maker has done that will...

    There’s nothing that a maker has done that will make a customers finger go black after they receive it. I do wish they’d be honest. Even a residue of polish would have washed off in the course of a...
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    The firestain wouldn’t have worstened overnight...

    The firestain wouldn’t have worstened overnight you might just be looking at it in a different light. My worry about removing it would be the lightly textured aspect. I don’t use scotchbrite mops any...
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    I’ve been there but sometimes you go into a...

    I’ve been there but sometimes you go into a different light and there it is. I usually find mine when I put them in the light box to photograph. Otherwise I’m not sure what I can suggest as I’ve...
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    Could it be firestain rather than tarnish?

    Could it be firestain rather than tarnish?
  7. Thread: 0.15mm hole

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    I would have bought them from Temples in...

    I would have bought them from Temples in Edinburgh back in the day. No Cookson or any other tool company in the 70s/80s

    Apologies. I had to go and look for them so that I could measure in metric...
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    I have no experience of stainless steel so I can...

    I have no experience of stainless steel so I can only speak from my experience of drilling by hand on silver. Until I bought my oroxxon only a few years back I’d done all my drilling by hand so it...
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    I’ve drilled very fine holes in the past and...

    I’ve drilled very fine holes in the past and found it best done by hand with a pin chuck or a small Archimedes. Haven’t done it in a while but it is possible. I would go and look at my fine drill...
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    I doubt anyone on here will be able to help. It...

    I doubt anyone on here will be able to help. It might be worth joining a specific beaders forum to get the advice you’re looking for. There will be many on Fb no doubt.
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    Hi As Dennis has said an internet search will...

    Hi
    As Dennis has said an internet search will bring up endless suppliers if you google each material separately. If you require custom made then I’ve no idea if such a company exists, you might have...
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    The silver would become milky white in colour

    The silver would become milky white in colour
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    You can get foil from Metal Clay they say at 14...

    You can get foil from Metal Clay they say at 14 microns which is a lot thicker than the gold I use from Cookson for Keum Boo. You may have to roll down your own
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    I was about to say the same but with only the...

    I was about to say the same but with only the 18ct mark it may be continental I suppose if there is no hallmark. Nice ring though.
    You could always contact London Assay office for advice anyway and...
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    Dennis is right about torching it will just...

    Dennis is right about torching it will just disappear into the silver. With keum boo foil at about £70 a sheet the last time I bought you’re lucky you can afford to practice with it. Lucky you for...
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    You’ve been busy, these are lovely. Re keum boo,...

    You’ve been busy, these are lovely.
    Re keum boo, are you using fine silver, otherwise keum boo won’t work as the gold won’t bond ?
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    I used a lot of Perspex back in the 70s and 80s....

    I used a lot of Perspex back in the 70s and 80s. I’d forgotten about tensol which may have been what we used at college but I also used araldite and amazingly the pieces I still have are holding...
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    My preference, not so much movement in the...

    My preference, not so much movement in the bristle when its in contact with the metal so I feel it works better
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    I use these ones...

    I use these ones https://www.cooksongold.com/Jewellery-Tools/Black-Bristle-Lathe-Wheel-2-Stiff-Bristle-Metal-Centre-prcode-944-010&query=bristle%20brush&channel=uk
    But I think James uses the ones...
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    That’s them. There are 3 grades when I’d prefer...

    That’s them. There are 3 grades when I’d prefer the finest but they wear down. I use them for front surfaces matt finish because the sponge gets in quite well and I find it a flatter matt than brass...
  21. Thread: Chain size

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    It depends too on the design of the bail, most of...

    It depends too on the design of the bail, most of mine wouldn’t be large enough to change the chain after fitting a jump ring unless the customer asks. I only have one who likes to mix and match her...
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    I just do a matt finish in the back using the...

    I just do a matt finish in the back using the sponge sanding pads from Cookson that are supposed to be for clay. They are what I use for a matt finish generally
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    Not knowing the size of the pendants but given...

    Not knowing the size of the pendants but given they are quite industrial I like what you’ve put it on and quite like using heavier leather or pvc necklets. It all depends on the weight of the pendant...
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    Tumbling won’t get a high finish as Bob says so...

    Tumbling won’t get a high finish as Bob says so I’d miss out that and use the luxi combo with a bristle for the first stage and swansdown for the final. If you haven’t done anything else but cut...
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    Iíve never used anything but a bench polished...

    Iíve never used anything but a bench polished Jules. I used to use tripoli and rouge , a bristle brush with the tripoli. I now use luxi blue and white but still find myself going back sometimes to my...
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