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  1. You could do some research into ceramic coatings...

    You could do some research into ceramic coatings similar to those used for car bodywork, gadget protection etc. They are expensive but the quantities used for jewellery making are so small that a...
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    Right, I've had a go at this and have learnt a...

    Right, I've had a go at this and have learnt a few things - mostly that I am not any good at setting stones! It is a skill I am keen to learn and I have a bag of CZ's aside and just need to roll...
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    I've no real experience with drilling stones...

    I've no real experience with drilling stones however I would suggest steering clear of carbide and HSS-Co drill bits as they tend to be less resistant to bending than regular HSS drill bits. Last...
  4. I had this happen to me a little while ago and I...

    I had this happen to me a little while ago and I managed to chip the borax off of the gold using a small pick and a hammer to chip away at it. The glassy material is very brittle and it was hard...
  5. I use this stuff...

    I use this stuff to mark things out. Just paint it on (in a well ventilated area as it's a bit whiffy) then once dry (solvent based so 30 secs to a minute as long as it's not on too thick) you can...
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    I think that's the approach I will take. Thanks...

    I think that's the approach I will take. Thanks for the pointer about the through hole - I can almost guarantee I'd have not done that otherwise!
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    I shall have a look into the book you mention...

    I shall have a look into the book you mention Peter - I'll not try google though as a quick search for "Grether book" threw up some interesting looking literature...

    I'll probably use the spokes...
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    Thank you Peter for your reply, I don't have...

    Thank you Peter for your reply,

    I don't have any grain tools to hand but will make something up as you have suggested. I've got a pile of old bicycle spokes kicking about that will be perfect for...
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    Yes, I've done a few now however have only hosted...

    Yes, I've done a few now however have only hosted them on social media to date. I ended up just recording a short video whilst the item was on a turntable (see here).
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    Flush Setting Tiny Diamond

    Hi all,

    I've taken on a job that's got me wondering.

    I am needing to flush set a tiny tiny diamond (<1mm) into a 9 carat gold band. I know this can be done because I took the diamond out of...
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    Hi Iain, I think that the website can take a...

    Hi Iain,

    I think that the website can take a while to bring in orders. When I created my website it was a good few months before I got my first order through it - I was about ready to give up! ...
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    I'm the same in that i'll work out the amount of...

    I'm the same in that i'll work out the amount of material I'll buy to make an item and work out a cost from that. I often use cookson's product pages and input the length of wire I will use or the...
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    Based on my little experiment above, for the...

    Based on my little experiment above, for the quantities I am using and by the time I factor in my time the difference purely in cost between the two options are fairly minimal (with drawing my own...
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    That's a very good point. I am almost always...

    That's a very good point. I am almost always late with orders so that's certainly something that I need to bear in mind!

    As an experiment I spent a few hours last night melting down my gold...
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    How do you buy gold?

    What I thought was a simple question turns out not to be so simple so I thought Id see how other people do this.

    Im choiced with buying round wire, buying grain and drawing my own wire and...
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    You'd be as well anodising it yourself. My setup...

    You'd be as well anodising it yourself. My setup at home consists of a benchtop power supply and an electrolyte bath of trisodium phosphate. If it's something you're doing a lot of a rack can be...
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    Thank you all for your help. I think it may have...

    Thank you all for your help. I think it may have been me trying to reduce the wire too quickly as you mention Dennis! That also probably explains why I was having to put so much effort in! My...
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    I finally got around to playing with my new...

    I finally got around to playing with my new rolling mill last night. I think I need to bolt it to the floor! Or perhaps I was getting a little carried away with the reductions?

    One question I...
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    Well I thought that at first and was reluctant...

    Well I thought that at first and was reluctant having not seen it in person but for the money I figured it was worth a shot! It seems that a shop in Hamilton is clearing out their in house repair...
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    Well, in a dramatic turn of events I spotted a...

    Well, in a dramatic turn of events I spotted a Durston D2 rolling mill & stand going cheap on Gumtree and so am having it delivered tomorrow! Can't wait to have a play with it but I think I'll need...
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    I've cut Titanium sheet before using the shears...

    I've cut Titanium sheet before using the shears but I must confess it wasn't a thin slice like this so you're right - it would probably curl up which is something I hadn't considered. Failing that...
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    I find on my torch that I need to block the air...

    I find on my torch that I need to block the air vents with my hand to get it to light easily - otherwise it just blows out my lighter! Be warned though - the torch does get hot after a while so...
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    I like these a lot and I think I'll probably make...

    I like these a lot and I think I'll probably make a set for an upcoming project I'm planning. I see that Ti sheet can be bought relatively inexpensively on Ebay so I'll probably order some of that...
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    I didn't know such things existed until you...

    I didn't know such things existed until you mentioned it! For this particular project I have been asked to melt the gold from a customers ring to make a new one so I'm guessing for this I would need...
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    At the moment no although I have had my eye on a...

    At the moment no although I have had my eye on a toolpost grinder for a while. I think it's just because i like new tools rather than that I actually have a need for one! For this project I think a...
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