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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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    When I watch films of people using a piercing...

    When I watch films of people using a piercing saw, such as when we watch the repair shop, I usually comment to my wife that the piercing would be much better if they raised the height of the bench...
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    Hi Karen, I have not seen how you pierce,so...

    Hi Karen,
    I have not seen how you pierce,so forgive me if I am telling you something you already know. When I am piercing sharp internal angles, like those on your horse tail, I will first pierce...
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    Hi Karen, first I would suggest that for 1mm....

    Hi Karen, first I would suggest that for 1mm. thick silver I would use size 2/0 blades, not 8/0, and for finishing the inner point areas I would use some small needle files that are ground to give...
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    You didn't say what size item you are soldering....

    You didn't say what size item you are soldering. In the past when I have seen people with this problem it was caused by them using too fierce a solder flame on their gas torch and heating the solder...
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    Goldsmiths Craft Council Competition

    It's only a couple of weeks to the awards ceremony for the annual Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Competition. Is anyone in this group going?
    I haven't been for many years now, but it is well...
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    Grace, for decent piercing one of the first...

    Grace, for decent piercing one of the first important things is a secure bench peg that is fitted at the correct height for you to see what you are piercing in comfort. The Knew Concept saw frames...
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    I use one of these, they are superb and the...

    I use one of these, they are superb and the brightness can be altered to suit what you are doing; ...
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    That's Dennis's sense of humour, I am sure he was...

    That's Dennis's sense of humour, I am sure he was just referring to the fact that this year, the Chinese new year is the year of the pig.
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    This is probably the FB page Caroline...

    This is probably the FB page Caroline mentioned;https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreativeMetalForming/ as it is run by the authors of that book.

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    I would go for size 12, you can always reduce...

    I would go for size 12, you can always reduce it's width on a stone if needed, but the size difference between the size 10 and size 12 is only 0.2mm. Also bear in mind if you carry on using these...
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    I use these shape graver handles, I find them...

    I use these shape graver handles, I find them comfortable and long lasting, it's the length of the graver blades that need to be altered to suit the size of your hand.

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    As Dennis said, I use a lead block for shaping...

    As Dennis said, I use a lead block for shaping items, I did start with just a small tobacco tin with melted lead scraps inside, but then I moved on to making lead ingots using a steel ingot mold.
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    To my knowledge, depletion gilding only works on...

    To my knowledge, depletion gilding only works on carat golds, it is a method of removing the metals that were added to the gold to lower it's carat, removing them from the surface leaving a fine...
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    Just to get this months competition started, this...

    Just to get this months competition started, this is a batch of silver Christmas leaves I made from silver sheet and wires, they are Holly, ivy and Mistletoe, a friend asked me to make them as...
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    Seasons Greetings

    Seasons Greetings to all contributors to this forum

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    Yes the photo was taken with the standard Leica...

    Yes the photo was taken with the standard Leica zoom lens that is fitted to this camera, this camera does not have interchangable lenses. For close up photography I set the camera program knob on A,...
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    I thought I would post a selection of photos...

    I thought I would post a selection of photos taken with my Lumix cameras, I have two, both fitted with Leica lenses.

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    Nick, My Lumix FZ45 has a fitted Leica Zoom lens...

    Nick, My Lumix FZ45 has a fitted Leica Zoom lens and It has a decent close focus and my photo was taken with the standard fitted lens, if you do buy one just make sure that it has a Leica lens. This...
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    Just for interest here are a couple of photos of...

    Just for interest here are a couple of photos of the same set up taken with different cameras for comparison.

    One taken with my Lumix FZ45 at f8 and the other with a Nikon DSLR fitted with a...
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    If you are used to using a compact / bridge...

    If you are used to using a compact / bridge camera and want to have better photos than you took before, how about just investing in a higher quality compact camera. I have a lot of experience with...
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