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    Thank you Jay.

    Thank you Jay.
  2. Thread: sourcing pearls

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    I have bought them from gemstone dealers in...

    I have bought them from gemstone dealers in Hatton Garden, because I like to be in the showroom to choose. But when I wanted something special, I went to our specialist member and asked her to pick...
  3. Thread: Sapphire rings

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    One happy family. well done Bob.

    One happy family. well done Bob.
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    Thank you Wallace. A bit off the mainstream, but...

    Thank you Wallace. A bit off the mainstream, but I have plenty of stocks as it costs very little. So not as reliant on the supply chain. Dennis.
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    Every youngster should be encouraged to use tools...

    Every youngster should be encouraged to use tools and you have turned out to be an ace teacher. Beautiful result a and a glow of happiness all round. Dennis.
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    Thank you Karen, but as you can guess, I know...

    Thank you Karen, but as you can guess, I know where the flaws are. Dennis.
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    Thank you Jules. Yes one of my oldest pieces of...

    Thank you Jules. Yes one of my oldest pieces of equipment is a Clarkes 20 ton bottle jack, which is at the heart of my hydraulic press. Still working well after 20 years.

    Caroline, I have a rasp...
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    Ha, have you got several designs Sheena?

    Ha, have you got several designs Sheena?
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    Than you Alastair. They do look edible. I still...

    Than you Alastair. They do look edible. I still have quantities of material, which is very inexpensive, so I shall bore you all with more of the same. Dennis.
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    Sheena: They were fragile, because the colours...

    Sheena: They were fragile, because the colours were only touching at a point of contact which would not stand up to use if glued. The perspex is from Simply Plastics who will supply a set of colour...
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    A Pastel Necklace.

    Here at last is a pastel coloured necklace as requested by a family member.

    The graduated pieces were marked out using an oval template, but I thought the result too fragile without support, so...
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    Nah, just commiserating in the lounge with a mug...

    Nah, just commiserating in the lounge with a mug of tea and some biccies. Keep safe all. Dennis.
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    Yes about four of them, but as they are someone...

    Yes about four of them, but as they are someone else's design, I would suggest you experiment with various shapes in copper, to come up with your own version. Dennis.
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    Thank you for showing that Alastair. It will give...

    Thank you for showing that Alastair. It will give some of us heart to try it for ourselves. I particularly like the way the textures cut into the metal influence the enamel and the controlled way...
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    The jewellery trade is poorly served by many of...

    The jewellery trade is poorly served by many of its suppliers and contractors, although there has been some improvement in recent years. I was amazed when I first took this up as a hobby, having been...
  16. Bob, They are vermiculite boards and 17mm thick....

    Bob, They are vermiculite boards and 17mm thick. You can break them in half with your hands.
    Going that route, you would be better off buying vermiculite stove lining, which can be thicker and...
  17. No, those solder boards are very fragile and...

    No, those solder boards are very fragile and become more so after repeated heating. So I suspect even bolted to an angle iron frame would be a waste of time, as the boards will soon crack.

    A cheap...
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    Very frustrating, but the answers will be of...

    Very frustrating, but the answers will be of value to other members and give rise to discussions. Its a lot better than having no posts at all for days on end, like visiting a haunted house. Dennis.
  19. Thank you for your feedback. Caroline's advice...

    Thank you for your feedback. Caroline's advice vindicated. Dennis.
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    You dont really need more than hand hot water,...

    You dont really need more than hand hot water, washing up liquid, and a soft artists brush for this. Dennis.
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    Yes, that would work, but you dont need much...

    Yes, that would work, but you dont need much solder, or there'll be too much cleaning up. You could try it with copper sheet and wire first, for a test run. Dennis.
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    No glue I know of on its own will hold it for...

    No glue I know of on its own will hold it for more than 30seconds, Sheena. You will need to use some 4.00mm (12-15mm long) tubing and glue it in, then crimp it or use two very thin rivets.
    Even...
  23. Thread: Storms

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    Underground shelter for flooding. Why didn't I...

    Underground shelter for flooding. Why didn't I think of that.
  24. Thread: setting pearls

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    I took it to mean .05cm Wendy. Regards, Dennis.

    I took it to mean .05cm Wendy. Regards, Dennis.
  25. Thread: setting pearls

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    This deserves a new thread really, but here goes....

    This deserves a new thread really, but here goes.
    I would re-drill the pearls to accept 1.00mm wire and using a prong and a cup, glue the pearl on as discussed above and then cut any protruding wire...
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