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    He's looking pretty good now Karen. Always a...

    He's looking pretty good now Karen. Always a pleasure to see your work. Dennis.
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    If it is curved as in rings, it will be best to...

    If it is curved as in rings, it will be best to solder one at a time, starting with the centre one and rotating to keep the base level as you go.
    You can usually start with hard for the first one,...
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    Hi Helly and welcome. You might get some...

    Hi Helly and welcome. You might get some unorthodox advice here, but it usually works. Dennis.
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    An apocryphal story is that sometimes sculptors...

    An apocryphal story is that sometimes sculptors would fill accidental damage to marble with a little wax. Hence when ending a traditional letter you would write 'Yours sincerely' meaning without wax....
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    What are people doing:stock piling materials, or...

    What are people doing:stock piling materials, or investing in bullion? Hard luck if you've just broken your favourite pliers. Dennis.
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    If the gap is really very small it could be...

    If the gap is really very small it could be closed using the tip of a burnisher,
    If I need to press, I usually have a piece if soldering block handy, because it is less likely to leave a mark, or...
  7. Thread: Pickling stones

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    Well Joyce, if the stones will withstand heating,...

    Well Joyce, if the stones will withstand heating, they will most likely withstand pickling as well, provided they are allowed to cool to room temperature first.
    This is an interesting question, so...
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    Happy birthday for yesterday, Caroline. Tell me...

    Happy birthday for yesterday, Caroline.
    Tell me Wendy, is that really how you grow pearls?
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    Sunday in London.

    Woke up this morning to find our radio controlled clock showed a different time from the others. Wasn't expecting the time to spring forward, as my mind was elsewhere.
    Walked down to Tate Britain...
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    Thank you Jay.

    Thank you Jay.
  11. Thread: sourcing pearls

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    I have bought them from gemstone dealers in...

    I have bought them from gemstone dealers in Hatton Garden, because I like to be in the showroom to choose. But when I wanted something special, I went to our specialist member and asked her to pick...
  12. Thread: Sapphire rings

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    One happy family. well done Bob.

    One happy family. well done Bob.
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    Thank you Wallace. A bit off the mainstream, but...

    Thank you Wallace. A bit off the mainstream, but I have plenty of stocks as it costs very little. So not as reliant on the supply chain. Dennis.
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    Every youngster should be encouraged to use tools...

    Every youngster should be encouraged to use tools and you have turned out to be an ace teacher. Beautiful result a and a glow of happiness all round. Dennis.
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    Thank you Karen, but as you can guess, I know...

    Thank you Karen, but as you can guess, I know where the flaws are. Dennis.
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    Thank you Jules. Yes one of my oldest pieces of...

    Thank you Jules. Yes one of my oldest pieces of equipment is a Clarkes 20 ton bottle jack, which is at the heart of my hydraulic press. Still working well after 20 years.

    Caroline, I have a rasp...
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    Ha, have you got several designs Sheena?

    Ha, have you got several designs Sheena?
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    Than you Alastair. They do look edible. I still...

    Than you Alastair. They do look edible. I still have quantities of material, which is very inexpensive, so I shall bore you all with more of the same. Dennis.
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    Sheena: They were fragile, because the colours...

    Sheena: They were fragile, because the colours were only touching at a point of contact which would not stand up to use if glued. The perspex is from Simply Plastics who will supply a set of colour...
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    A Pastel Necklace.

    Here at last is a pastel coloured necklace as requested by a family member.

    The graduated pieces were marked out using an oval template, but I thought the result too fragile without support, so...
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    Nah, just commiserating in the lounge with a mug...

    Nah, just commiserating in the lounge with a mug of tea and some biccies. Keep safe all. Dennis.
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    Yes about four of them, but as they are someone...

    Yes about four of them, but as they are someone else's design, I would suggest you experiment with various shapes in copper, to come up with your own version. Dennis.
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    Thank you for showing that Alastair. It will give...

    Thank you for showing that Alastair. It will give some of us heart to try it for ourselves. I particularly like the way the textures cut into the metal influence the enamel and the controlled way...
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    The jewellery trade is poorly served by many of...

    The jewellery trade is poorly served by many of its suppliers and contractors, although there has been some improvement in recent years. I was amazed when I first took this up as a hobby, having been...
  25. Bob, They are vermiculite boards and 17mm thick....

    Bob, They are vermiculite boards and 17mm thick. You can break them in half with your hands.
    Going that route, you would be better off buying vermiculite stove lining, which can be thicker and...
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