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    I use scrap silver a lot because I'm never going...

    I use scrap silver a lot because I'm never going to amount enough to send it in for refining, and I love to make blobs and use them. For me, melting them on an ordinary soldering block does the job,...
  2. Yes, you don't need a 0.5mm bezel, just 0.5mm...

    Yes, you don't need a 0.5mm bezel, just 0.5mm from were the stone starts to curve. I have some very flat rose cut slices where the side of the stone is around 1mm or less, they can be set with a...
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    It's possible that you're hearing for too long,...

    It's possible that you're hearing for too long, or maybe your scrap has a lot of solder in it and this is causing the pitting? For pieces that I'm going to hammer flat of around 3g I just use my...
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    I'd just take out the pins to be honest. I just...

    I'd just take out the pins to be honest. I just use round steel shot, a mixture of 1, 2 and 3mm balls and putting is never an issue.
    There's also a fair bit of evidence that tumbling doesn't work...
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    This is probably the book you're thinking of....

    This is probably the book you're thinking of. It's about all aspects of polishing, not just jewellery, but does have a section about polishing silver jewellery....
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    This...

    This is considered to be the most comprehensive guide to setting stones in metal clay, lots to read but you should find the info you're after somewhere in there.
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  7. Yes, it could be that your kiln is not running...

    Yes, it could be that your kiln is not running very efficiently. I've got a Prometheus Pro-1 that you set the run times for depending on what clay you're using and then the programmer stores those...
  8. I know it doesn't seem like a lot but it's really...

    I know it doesn't seem like a lot but it's really all you need. There's a definite art to using high bezels and being able to work them down in a way that looks good without all of the crinkling and...
  9. Yes, sorry about that, I couldn't fine a better...

    Yes, sorry about that, I couldn't fine a better graphic for some reason. But if you Google "bezel height" and use the image tab you'll find lots of examples of how to gauge the height of a bezel for...
  10. That seems unusual for a kiln to have ramped up...

    That seems unusual for a kiln to have ramped up your electricity bill. Not sure where you are and I'm not familiar with your kiln but when I use my Paragon kiln for firing silver and bronze metal...
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    Ooh, another thing to add to my "must get one of...

    Ooh, another thing to add to my "must get one of those!" list Dennis.
    I don't find there's too much splatter if I dip my piece in a dish of soapy water, just have to watch out for bits of brass...
  12. No need to guess when you're making a bezel, take...

    No need to guess when you're making a bezel, take a look at your stone and see where the curve starts. This infographic from Lucy Walker is useful 12916
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    Hello! Look forward to seeing what else you make...

    Hello! Look forward to seeing what else you make in your shed!
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    If I were making them I'd get them cut, give them...

    If I were making them I'd get them cut, give them a quick rub either side on micro mesh sheets, get the soldering done and then thread as many as I could onto a safety pin or a piece of thin copper...
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    Very nice! You'll find that whatever pickle you...

    Very nice! You'll find that whatever pickle you use if you're using brass you'll get that copper layer on the top after pickling. I use a small round brass brush in my rotary tool to take off the...
  16. If you go to Etsy you can filter your search to...

    If you go to Etsy you can filter your search to find items being sold in the UK. Same with eBay.
  17. Here's a couple of listings from Etsy...

    Here's a couple of listings from Etsy...
  18. Probably, I've seen people say they've used lime...

    Probably, I've seen people say they've used lime sulphur dissolved in water (usually for plants) as the active sulphur ingredient to give patina.
  19. I think you just have to play and see what you...

    I think you just have to play and see what you like the look of. I find if I polish/tumble and then darken and take off high spots the effect is slightly matte. If I polish, darken, take off high...
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    Interesting, that does describe it better - its...

    Interesting, that does describe it better - its is indeed sort of gelatinous. Good find. Like I say I just filter it out when it bugs me.
  21. You can use bleach to turn your silver black too,...

    You can use bleach to turn your silver black too, you get a similar colour to using Platinol, it's as permanent as Platinol is (which is much more permanent than liver of sulphur - I find unless...
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    I am also able to spell citric, just not earlier...

    I am also able to spell citric, just not earlier today....
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    As I understand it their safety pickle is...

    As I understand it their safety pickle is basically citirc acid, hence it having a food grade. I use critirc acid and get those floaty bits too, it does appear to be some kind of mould that forms...
  24. Thread: 1mm shot

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    I use a combination of 1,2 and 3mm shot and it's...

    I use a combination of 1,2 and 3mm shot and it's great.
  25. Seconded. Kim has made some great videos in the...

    Seconded. Kim has made some great videos in the last 12 months.
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