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  1. No one has mentioned this yet, but because...

    No one has mentioned this yet, but because firescale is quite deep seated and requires aggressive treatment, a green Scotchbrite wheel (used dry)on the lathe, or a small one on the hand piece is a...
  2. Find a container with a screw top, that will...

    Find a container with a screw top, that will admit a flat bristle artists brush. Half fill it with meths and tip in as much boracic (boric) acid crystals as will dissolve and then some. You only need...
  3. Hi lux, some people are obsessed with a mirror...

    Hi lux, some people are obsessed with a mirror finish, but the less glossy, the less the firescale will show.
    You are aware of what brings it on, but for some small jobs you might be using too big a...
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    That's a tough question, because this is a...

    That's a tough question, because this is a jewellery making forum and we are more likely to discuss why solder won't flow, or whether a piece can be hallmarked.
    Off the top of my head I would look...
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    You cannot make rings and sell them as jewellery....

    You cannot make rings and sell them as jewellery. Just sell them on as as they are and put it down to experience. Dennis.
  6. Thread: Vecstar Kiln.

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    I hope Nick gets an offer, but except for the...

    I hope Nick gets an offer, but except for the very top, UK jewellers don't have much discretionary cash. Dennis.
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    You should try the Dead Sea. Your jewellery might...

    You should try the Dead Sea. Your jewellery might never recover. Dennis.
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    Sterling silver will react to a multitude of...

    Sterling silver will react to a multitude of agents, in a gradient from light yellow to almost black.
    Even completely natural substances such as raw onions, or egg yolk can be the culprits.
    In...
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    Bullying the customer is a national sport. We...

    Bullying the customer is a national sport. We were recently told that if we didn't give a five star review, it wouldn't be published.
    Well, good luck with that. Dennis.
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    Thank you, they are a bit like boiled sweets...

    Thank you, they are a bit like boiled sweets actually Sheena, so you might try to lick one. Dennis.
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    Thank you Karen. It's not difficult, but it makes...

    Thank you Karen. It's not difficult, but it makes so much mess you have to dig yourself out. Dennis.
  12. Ha ha. Once bitten twice shy-that's me. When...

    Ha ha. Once bitten twice shy-that's me.
    When the company was called Exchange Findings and before Cookson took it over, I bought a very shiny riveting hammer there. On the first use the shiny bit...
  13. It depends on what the head of the hammer is made...

    It depends on what the head of the hammer is made of underneath that plating.

    Any 2lb steel hammer from a tool shop will do the trick. My favourite is a 2lb claw hammer I happened to have prior...
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    No, it's the walnut that is useless. Get the...

    No, it's the walnut that is useless. Get the corrosion off with ceramic media. I'm not well up on this, so you might browse here:
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    Get some callipers (4", 100mmdigital are the most...

    Get some callipers (4", 100mmdigital are the most convenient). Buy the stones first and measure the height from table to culet.The thickness of metal should exceed that, or you can add a small disk...
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    Welcome, Dennis.

    Welcome, Dennis.
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    Cookson will melt and assay for a fee. You can...

    Cookson will melt and assay for a fee. You can then get cash, or use it for future casting. Dennis.
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    As China has said, there is little to choose...

    As China has said, there is little to choose between a pendant drill and a micromotor in effectiveness. What matters is the drill bit.

    For pearls buy the cheapest drill bits you can on line, say...
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    Thank you, Deb. Yes it all started with...

    Thank you, Deb. Yes it all started with researching retro brooches on line.
    Thank you Bob, I'm definitely averse to getting snowed under. Dennis.
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    Used Casting plaster is not hazardous, being...

    Used Casting plaster is not hazardous, being mainly gypsum with small residues of the metals cast. It can be disposed of in domestic or business waste, but crumbled is also useful as a conditioner...
  21. It will be hall marked as 18ct, so 18ct solder is...

    It will be hall marked as 18ct, so 18ct solder is OK.
    1. Make sure the seams are neat, to avoid a possible mismatch in colour.
    2. Sorry if you know this already, but the cheapest way to buy gold...
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    No. is it 'get your hair cut'?. Dennis

    No. is it 'get your hair cut'?. Dennis
  23. Thread: Exciting stuff

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    May it be the first of many. The bowl is...

    May it be the first of many. The bowl is beautiful too. Dennis.
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    Yes, thank you Sue. Floors become slippery too. I...

    Yes, thank you Sue. Floors become slippery too. I have a few things to work through and then it's back to my first love (if she'll have me back). Dennis.
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    It seems that we worked with resins at opposite...

    It seems that we worked with resins at opposite ends in our careers Caroline. for me it's quite a novelty, but still demanding in different ways. One notable improvement is that the pieces are much...
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