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    Thank you.

    Thank you.
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    Sorry to upset you with my frivolous replies. I...

    Sorry to upset you with my frivolous replies. I have now read up on phpbb and frankly am none the wiser.
    I also looked for a footer, presumably at the bottom of the page, but found nothing that...
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    God, well I hope you succeed. It is probably the...

    God, well I hope you succeed. It is probably the most difficult collet to make, so people often use claws to avoid it. Dennis.
  4. Thread: Enamel colours

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    Hello Freila and welcome to the forum. People...

    Hello Freila and welcome to the forum.
    People who choose to work with enamel in the college I have attended part time, are subject to dark moods, and now you know why.
    Look here regularly, and one...
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    Ah, a footie forum then?

    Ah, a footie forum then?
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    Ha ha, so would I sometimes. Dennis.

    Ha ha, so would I sometimes. Dennis.
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    For delicate things my preference would be to use...

    For delicate things my preference would be to use a tube rivet, which can be spread by inserting and rotating a scriber or needle and avoids the hammer. As Bob has said, keep it fairly short.
    Silver...
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    A warning sign is the description 'Perfect for...

    A warning sign is the description 'Perfect for short usage' A perfect excuse not to be sympathetic when it breaks down. Buyer beware. Dennis.
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    Of the top of my head: You could possibly...

    Of the top of my head:

    You could possibly replace the stone a little deeper and then with a needle or saw blade, position a touch of slurry to complete the setting.
    Let it dry, trim it , and...
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    In the olden days people were superstitious about...

    In the olden days people were superstitious about pearls and opals. Some said they were unlucky. Have you come across that?
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    Oh my goodness George. Not the first time I've...

    Oh my goodness George. Not the first time I've been bamboozled by Ebay. In that case I would go to Cooksons for the polisher, and Ebay for the hood.
    In view of the previous one failing, you should...
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    There's a good little Foredom on Ebay just now....

    There's a good little Foredom on Ebay just now. They are strong, with variable speed, and quite small, so don't take up much space. There is an optional hood, and the two together would be just over...
  13. Thread: Gold soldering

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    Hi Ian. If you treat gold just like silver,...

    Hi Ian.
    If you treat gold just like silver, borax and all, you won't go wrong. In fact you might find it slightly easier.
    However you might have read here that some of us use Auroflux, which comes...
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    Yes, just as in the diagram. If you use a curved...

    Yes, just as in the diagram.
    If you use a curved strip there is no need to make a separate bearer. Because of the resulting funnel shape a careful setter could even manage without cutting a ledge,...
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    That sort of torque needs to get past the neck...

    That sort of torque needs to get past the neck without abrading the skin, so a quick estimate of the gap will be to work out the diameter (width) of your neck.

    That is the circumference of your...
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    Yes, but to do that it is best to start with a...

    Yes, but to do that it is best to start with a curved strip, with an outside diameter of about 8 cm, but not critical. This will give you a tapered collet which will need a minimal bearer.

    They...
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    Thank you David.

    Thank you David.
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    Here you will find information about firing...

    Here you will find information about firing stones in clay: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=Which+stones+survive+firing+in+metal+clay
    Dennis
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    I have long ago given up tumbling chains, because...

    I have long ago given up tumbling chains, because there is no way the shot can reach inside the links unless they are very large.

    You get a better result by laying it flat and brushing it with an...
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    I think then, If I understand your problem, you need something to act as a third hand, to create tension on the loop while you crimp close to the last bead.

    For this you can use string, passed...
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. Is it possible that you are not using thin enough wire?
    It need only be 0.3mm, or .012" in diameter....
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    Thank you Karen. Bracelets are not that popular,...

    Thank you Karen. Bracelets are not that popular, because its just one more thing to throw on before starting the day, and they interfere with long sleeves. This one went abroad, where they wear much...
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    I did one when we had a college project, but did...

    I did one when we had a college project, but did not go on because I prefer plainer more open work.

    1. Watched lots of videos.
    2. Rolled down wire into strips, about 1.7mm wide by 0.25mm thick....
  24. Thread: Refining silver

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    Cookson offer refining services Nina....

    Cookson offer refining services Nina. https://www.cooksongold.com/scrapgold/faq.jsp
    And probably also your assay office. Dennis.
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    Hi Evie, As I understand it you are looking for...

    Hi Evie,
    As I understand it you are looking for a firescale inhibitor.
    Boric acid powder, cheaply available on line and also at local pharmacies will dissolve in meths, and can then be applied to...
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