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    It's actually a beautiful retro setting, maybe...

    It's actually a beautiful retro setting, maybe for a young bride's wedding chest, so I guess it's the gold that matters, rather than the cost of the pearl.

    However watching the pearl being beaten...
  2. Thread: Soldering aid

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    Soldering aids can be made from old flat files,...

    Soldering aids can be made from old flat files, heated and the tang bent while red. Also by gripping a nail in some cheap to buy haemostats.
    But ultimately you are best to buy a pack of titanium...
  3. Thread: Two For One

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    Thank you Sheena. What are you up to now? Dennis.

    Thank you Sheena. What are you up to now? Dennis.
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    Its a nightmare actually Allan, but so far, our...

    Its a nightmare actually Allan, but so far, our members have had nothing constructive to add. My feeling is that you might get more support if you joined a professional jewellers association.
    You...
  5. Thread: Hello

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    Welcome to the forum, Susana. Please do join in...

    Welcome to the forum, Susana. Please do join in our conversations and show us some of your work. Dennis.
  6. Thread: Two For One

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    Thank you everyone, for looking in and your kind...

    Thank you everyone, for looking in and your kind comments.
    I'm always delighted to have a bit of silver work too. The acrylics are so much tougher and dustier. Dennis.
  7. Thread: Two For One

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    Two For One

    As this has been the season for Christmas gifts, I was asked for one of my edible necklaces. Well, not really edible, but they have a marshmallow look.
    The pieces were sliced from a billet of...
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    The micromotors only fit one size, which is the...

    The micromotors only fit one size, which is the same as all the tools sold by Cookson, 2.35mm shanks.
    To be fair, no one here has yet complained about their Marathons, but we are cautious about no...
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    Unfortunately Micromotors under that name are...

    Unfortunately Micromotors under that name are made in the Far East by a number of different sources, so it's difficult to comment with certainty.
    All I can say is that I bought one like that as a...
  10. Thread: Hello

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    Hi Ciarán, and welcome to the forum. Fist of all,...

    Hi Ciarán, and welcome to the forum. Fist of all, unless you've won the lottery, there's no need to buy a spool of silver chain.

    You can buy it by the metre, or even by the centimetre, here from...
  11. Hello Nat and welcome. Here are my thoughts on...

    Hello Nat and welcome.
    Here are my thoughts on lighting:

    LEDs are good, because they are economical and give a relatively shadowless light. It can also be dimmed for instance when soldering, or...
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    If your bangle is to have a hinge, as I presume...

    If your bangle is to have a hinge, as I presume it must, then you can secure it using another hinge, but with a captive split pin, which can be partly withdrawn.

    My acrylic cuff illustrates this,...
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    A simple way to make them of consistent size is...

    A simple way to make them of consistent size is to make small dips in a charcoal block as mentioned in the first reply by Peter Bond, using ball burs, and melting open jump rings in them. Dennis.
  14. Thread: 1mm shot

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    Hi, and welcome to the forum. Small is good,...

    Hi, and welcome to the forum.
    Small is good, because it reduces the visible damage due to surface pinpricks. However if it is only round shot, it is likely to leave sharp angles and recesses still...
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    Many of us including myself don't do this for a...

    Many of us including myself don't do this for a living, and those who do have not answered, possibly because they don't sell abroad.
    Your best move is not to go it alone, but to join a professional...
  16. Congratulations, Maria. A satisfied customer and...

    Congratulations, Maria. A satisfied customer and a reprieved husband.
    Hope you don't get a flow of these now. Dennis.
  17. Thread: Hello

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    Don't loose heart. We all have to experiment...

    Don't loose heart. We all have to experiment first. If your tubing is sticky a tiny amount of lubricant such as oil, or Vaseline will fix it. Dennis.
  18. It looks like the remains of the dark patina,...

    It looks like the remains of the dark patina, which was not removed by tumbling, and missed in the evening light. Tumble for longer, or rub with a silver polishing cloth and it should go.Dennis.
  19. Thread: Hello

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    Hi and welcome. This is way out of my...

    Hi and welcome.
    This is way out of my experience, because I fail to understand why your beads need to be silicone lined.
    However you can most easily thread tubing of the appropriate size (possibly...
  20. Correction. I should have said: A hallmark can...

    Correction. I should have said: A hallmark can only be added by an assay office in the UK, and is required by law if you are selling it here as gold. Dennis.
  21. Well done for finding that. By way of...

    Well done for finding that.
    By way of information a hallmark can only be added by an assay office in the UK, and is required by law if you are selling here.
    In the absence of a hallmark, you can...
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    If you don't want to texture it, then make it a...

    If you don't want to texture it, then make it a half to one size too small, and stretch it to size on a ring stretcher. With a little practice, these simple ones will work.
    You put on the ring and...
  23. If attempting a repair on combined 9ct yellow and...

    If attempting a repair on combined 9ct yellow and white gold, be sure to use only easy solder, or better still make your excuses and hand it back. Dennis.
  24. Thread: Cable wire

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    Sadly my adventures with silver cables ended...

    Sadly my adventures with silver cables ended with failure, because careless handling quickly resulted in permanent kinks, which make the work unsightly. The wires were also prone to rapid...
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    Well, one thing is certain Sheena: You'll end up...

    Well, one thing is certain Sheena: You'll end up with masses of debris from the wax. The rings will vary in bulk, according to the size of the finger, and men's are traditionally heavier than...
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