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    I gave it a try with a torch but only as a form...

    I gave it a try with a torch but only as a form of casting embellishments. It was interesting but was quite expensive back then and I think I have a couple of solid unopened packets in the drawer!...
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    On a search posts for microwave kilns seem to...

    On a search posts for microwave kilns seem to have been coming up since 2010 so not as new as we thought. Not knowing anything about this other than a dabble with silver clay and a torch years ago I...
  3. Thread: New bench

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    I was just thinking about that and how excited...

    I was just thinking about that and how excited you’ll be. Hope it all goes well. Glad the wood is being put to good use:)
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    I don’t know anything about this but would...

    I don’t know anything about this but would imagine as Dennis said that it must be a special microwave surely.
    There are many clay groups on FB with specific expertise on the subject that we may not...
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    Thanks Peter :) I have no idea but looking at...

    Thanks Peter :)
    I have no idea but looking at the offcuts I have I used my piercing saw with a blade that worked! If you are looking for consistent slabs I’d take John up on his offer to cut it for...
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    Sorry Dan whatís a TPI?

    Sorry Dan whatís a TPI?
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    You’ll need a heavier blade or even a coping saw...

    You’ll need a heavier blade or even a coping saw but it’s a bit coarse. Beware a fast saw as if almost melts it being resin. The same when polishing on a motor if you use too hard a mop it produces...
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    Depending on size it’ll cut really easily with a...

    Depending on size it’ll cut really easily with a piercing saw as it’s quite soft
  9. Thread: A Flower Garden.

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    That’s lovely Dennis and much less work in the...

    That’s lovely Dennis and much less work in the end than the real thing!
  10. With such good quality chain available I wouldn’t...

    With such good quality chain available I wouldn’t bother making it either. I only make chains when the design is unusual and suited to the piece
  11. Thread: Carat punch

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    Most of us purchase our makers punch through our...

    Most of us purchase our makers punch through our assay office and don’t have a need for another punch. If we do that for underweight items in the U.K. it doesn’t actually mean anything by law and is...
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    You are right Anne, the torch isn’t big enough....

    You are right Anne, the torch isn’t big enough. I’ve not found a brŻlťe torch much use for anything but soldering jump rings or balling wire ends
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    That will definitely aid the design process. I...

    That will definitely aid the design process. I like the more industrial designs and it would be good to see in high definition. I think that is why people have been reticent because they look as if...
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    Did you make these yourself Rotsco? They seem...

    Did you make these yourself Rotsco? They seem very advanced for someone who is new to jewellery
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    I didn’t mind it so much originally but sung by...

    I didn’t mind it so much originally but sung by drunken football supporters is:/
    I’ve never been shortened to anything more interesting than Carol by family and Caroline when I was in trouble. Bit...
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    Oh not Sweet Caroline again! I never thought I’d...

    Oh not Sweet Caroline again! I never thought I’d dislike it so much on its resurgence!
  17. Thread: Hallmarking

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    If there is anything different you need done...

    If there is anything different you need done there is an instruction sheet to attach to your hall note. I usually mark centre back of pendants but they can laser mark in all sorts of difficult places...
  18. Thread: Hallmarking

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    I’ve never had that happen at Edinburgh tbh, but...

    I’ve never had that happen at Edinburgh tbh, but if you feel safer set when it comes back. I usually patina when they come back but then I don’t oxidise the mark usually and keep the backs of...
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    Hi Larry Surely you must see that the financial...

    Hi Larry
    Surely you must see that the financial outlay is on you to prove they are what you say and fit for use before you try to sell them on. No-one is going to buy them on such tenuous...
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    I just grip it tight! You can get a nice edge...

    I just grip it tight! You can get a nice edge with a burnisher. Itís a great tool to have for general hand finishing anyway.
    Iíve used one like this since College and Iíve also found it good for...
  21. Thread: Riveting posts

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    For a minute I had to wonder if riveting posts...

    For a minute I had to wonder if riveting posts was a statement or a question:)
    If you tried riveting a post then it would probably turn not being fixed on both sides and fall out As it’s for your...
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    Doesn’t everyone! I can’t listen to myself and...

    Doesn’t everyone! I can’t listen to myself and apparently no one else can as a video taken for an Open Studio had my picture only:/
    Your voice is clear and steady and it sounds fine to me for the...
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    I particularly like the the symbol of hope purity...

    I particularly like the the symbol of hope purity and dignity Dennis. Itís something we could all do with
  24. Well I suppose it’s the trade name so probably...

    Well I suppose it’s the trade name so probably the same in all languages ����
  25. Thread: Hallmarking

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    If you think of marking any metal with a punch...

    If you think of marking any metal with a punch then think how it will be supported from behind so that there is metal behind your work to take a hammer blow without denting or deforming the shape. On...
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