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    Nice to see something new and different that I’ve...

    Nice to see something new and different that I’ve not seen before … especially when it’s been handmade.
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    My favourite past time is chain making, this is...

    My favourite past time is chain making, this is an amazing website and very in-depth … I use it a lot … https://www.mailleartisans.org
    Although loop and loop style is a little different for A.R I...
  3. I was given nearly a kilo of silver cutlery one...

    I was given nearly a kilo of silver cutlery one time …. Ended up with 150g …. Lot of fake and worn marks and hallmarks…. Test as much as possible … not worth contaminating a good batch with something...
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    Ok thanks for that Dennis, i’ll give the easy...

    Ok thanks for that Dennis, i’ll give the easy option a ago…. cheers…. Nick
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    Thanks Dennis and China, It sounds like...

    Thanks Dennis and China,
    It sounds like overheating was the cause, i’ll have to be more careful next time. It was supposed to be a quick Xmas present for somebody, so I’ll try the solder and pick...
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    Nice vid … you make it look quick and easy…...

    Nice vid … you make it look quick and easy… Nervous about having lead in my workshop… had a disaster one time contaminating silver…. Nick
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    Pitting problems

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    Hi all,
    hope you’re feeling festive if that’s your thing… I’ve fused this 1.3mm sterling silver wire with borax for a simple look cuff…. However after cleaning back I found fine porosity or...
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    Okay thanks Caro, i’ll try that… saves me having...

    Okay thanks Caro, i’ll try that… saves me having to buy more.
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    Hi Sheen, that’s just the sort of stuff I meant,...

    Hi Sheen, that’s just the sort of stuff I meant, sif is a very popular manufacturer and has a massive product range … 1.6mm x 1kg pack of braising rods is very common so some High Street welding...
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    I’m not sure what to do with my auto flux, it’s...

    I’m not sure what to do with my auto flux, it’s lost its colour and gone rather crystalline at the bottom of it’s container … probably time to buy some fresh stuff…
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    Hi Jules, I know what you mean about sold strip…...

    Hi Jules, I know what you mean about sold strip… I now use paste a lot …. my favourite past time is making elaborate fine chains and paste is perfect for this….. massively speeding up the...
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    Sorry china …. is it possible to hijack threads …...

    Sorry china …. is it possible to hijack threads … i’d probably be guilty of that …. just good old chit chat……. same with me… I love my Oxy propane set up in my garage… very versatile… i’ve used...
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    Mmm acetylene … nice …hot hot hot… It’s amazing...

    Mmm acetylene … nice …hot hot hot… It’s amazing how many variations on a theme there are …. I got excited recently when I found some copper coloured braising rods for joining copper … resulting in...
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    Silver solder rods possibly for braising brass …....

    Silver solder rods possibly for braising brass …. Can be tested a bit ….. what does it do in pickle….. does it flow with borax….. testing temperature range can be done with a small Paleon on a scrap...
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    Hi Sheen, I work in the metalwork industry and...

    Hi Sheen,
    I work in the metalwork industry and jewellery making is my hobby…In my garage I’ve done a lot of bronze copper and silver casting…. At work i use a lot of different welding techniques...
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    I loved it, you made it look very simple with...

    I loved it, you made it look very simple with your techniques, you looked very economical with your gold … Obviously going to have to be if you’re working with it…. Maybe one day when I’m rich and...
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    Delft clay dabbling

    Have you seen one too many delft clay vids….. if not here’s another….. tried to keep this one quick and simple…. does it still make sense….

    https://youtu.be/Uo5f8VIZQzE

    Thanks … Nick
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    Hi David, a 3in scorifier is quite large, you are...

    Hi David, a 3in scorifier is quite large, you are going to need a hefty torch to get it up to temperature regardless of how much silver is in it, an oxygen and propane mixed set up is best however a...
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    Hi Caroline, i’m amazed how much I’ve use these...

    Hi Caroline, i’m amazed how much I’ve use these pliers for bits and bobs over the years. The sort of thing a friendly, neighbourly tradesperson with a shed could sort out for you.

    Nick
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    Hi David, being a part time worker I have lots of...

    Hi David, being a part time worker I have lots of spare time for tinkering in the garage, although I now seem to spend most of it with a camera and iPad.
    All the best to you….. Nick
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    Just what sheds are for…..

    Just what sheds are for…..
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    New Quick tool mod vid

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    I modified these pliers a long time ago and have had great use out of them… so I thought I’d make a short video.
    What do you think …… I hope you can’t tell it’s a bit faked…. Thanks … Nick...
  23. Hi Susie, I use a clothes peg in my drill vice...

    Hi Susie,
    I use a clothes peg in my drill vice to hold small beads. The large round hole running through the peg fits and grips my small beads very well. I then use a “peck” drilling technique and...
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    Hi China, I do find making my own tools very...

    Hi China, I do find making my own tools very satisfying, I made this one because I wanted something that could handle heavier wires. The other ones on the market are great for intricate and delicate...
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    Hi Peter, yes have seen a lot of wire jigs on...

    Hi Peter,
    yes have seen a lot of wire jigs on the market and have used a few of them. I wanted something more robust that can handle a bit of abuse. Hammering tapered pins through wire holes can...
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