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  1. Thread: 14k solder

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    14k solder

    I'm looking for some 14k yellow gold solder in either wire (my preference) or paste form. Has anyone come across any in the UK? I'd normally get it from the US, but the post over there seems to have...
  2. Thread: Going 3D.

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    That's fab Dennis - and lovely to see one of your...

    That's fab Dennis - and lovely to see one of your lovely extendable clasps in action again. I'm also not a huge fan of round silver beads, but using the 'magic' crimping pliers with regular 2mm...
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    Caroline - that looks very much like a Parker 50...

    Caroline - that looks very much like a Parker 50 Falcon in the TX brown - these are very much sought after now as they had a fairly limited production run - lucky you!

    Of all the older British...
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    Hi Geoffrey, I've seen your name over on FPN -...

    Hi Geoffrey, I've seen your name over on FPN - I'm also a pen person - mainly repair and restoration, and a bit of collecting, and writing of course! Nice to see you here!

    And Caroline - give me...
  5. Thread: Parsley Oil.

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    Thank you Dennis :) I'd rather lost track of...

    Thank you Dennis :)

    I'd rather lost track of the days recently!
  6. Fantastic! We love ducks here :) Clever little...

    Fantastic! We love ducks here :) Clever little bracket too - it looks like it works perfectly.

    I don't think you should be kneeling though. It's not very dignified (or it certainly isn't when I do...
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    This one: ...

    This one:

    https://bettsmetalsales.com/brightening-fluid-for-barelling-machine

    Excellent for both machines, and needs literally drops. I decant it into a smaller bottle with a pipette lid to...
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    I hadn't spotted the time - Dennis is absolutely...

    I hadn't spotted the time - Dennis is absolutely right, thirty minutes really is a bare minimum - I tend to run a tumbler overnight (it's quite safe - they're designed to run for weeks on end). I do...
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    It's sterling, it will pit when you ball it up....

    It's sterling, it will pit when you ball it up. Adding some fine silver scrap if you have it will help - the higher the silver content, the fewer holes, lumps and bumps. It also helps a lot to add...
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    Tumblers are designed to polish rocks/stones...

    Tumblers are designed to polish rocks/stones (hence rock tumbler) so they certainly won't do any harm, but it might take a while to blunt your pins if that's the problem. I have pins in my preferred...
  11. Almost all commercially sold (rather than studio...

    Almost all commercially sold (rather than studio jeweller / handmade) jewellery is plated before sale. It saves on polishing and finishing costs and hides any firescale, oxidisation, or tarnish...
  12. Thread: copper plate

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    B G and Co (in an oval) would normally be Bitton...

    B G and Co (in an oval) would normally be Bitton Gould, and if in a quatrefoil, it would be Boardman Glossop, both of whom were silversmiths. Are you sure the numbers aren't 375 (9ct)? Is it a...
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    The gimp will almost certainly make the overall...

    The gimp will almost certainly make the overall piece fail assay. It certainly does at Birmingham and London. I tend to just make my own with very fine wire, using a piece of 0.8/1mm steel wire...
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    Your problem with these is that they've already...

    Your problem with these is that they've already been soldered (or welded) when the ring was added to the bail. The simplest solution is to cut it off completely before you start, make your own jump...
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    What a lovely otter! We're also huge fans -...

    What a lovely otter! We're also huge fans - though I can't imagine having a real one as a pet.

    I think this one needs a name though!

    Fab acrylic work as always Dennis - you really have mastered...
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    Tronex razors. Not cheap, but that's for a...

    Tronex razors. Not cheap, but that's for a reason. Watch out for sizes, as many are not rated above 16ga and will be damaged easily. There's an oval headed version that's good up to 14ga (about...
  17. Thread: Disc cutters

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    I have both the Swanstrom and the Pepe, and other...

    I have both the Swanstrom and the Pepe, and other than for very large sizes, the Pepe is my go-to tool. Better range of sizes, I find the clamping mechanism easier and less sticky, and I like the...
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    At least it says you've done a nice job on the...

    At least it says you've done a nice job on the soldering / cleanup!!
  19. The other option is Noirit, but I see that's now...

    The other option is Noirit, but I see that's now been classified as dangerous as well and can only be sent to VAT registered customers. I like it because it's prediluted and ready to use, so there's...
  20. Thread: Weather

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    No snow here (we've only had a couple of flurries...

    No snow here (we've only had a couple of flurries in the last week or so) but bitterly cold. I hate it.
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    What about Didy's as worn for lampwork? I know...

    What about Didy's as worn for lampwork? I know they're specifically for soda flare, but they do a lot to reduce general glare and certainly keep everything else pretty sharp.
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    I've used geTi and been very happy with the...

    I've used geTi and been very happy with the service
  23. Personally, without a laser setup, I'd send it...

    Personally, without a laser setup, I'd send it back. It just smells of failure. That's quite apart from the horrific smell you'll get from whatever's inside the moment a flame goes near it.
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    I would also consider working with fine silver -...

    I would also consider working with fine silver - it's softer, and more tarnish resistant. Otherwise, look at Argentium as an option - slightly more expensive, but no tarnish and shines up beautifully.
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    Nope! Sterling, and fully hard at that. I'm sure...

    Nope! Sterling, and fully hard at that. I'm sure I had some plan for it at the time, but it's probably been lurking at the bottom of my bullion drawer for 20 odd years.
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