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    Well, nothing magic :)

    Well, nothing magic :)
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    Did someone try the magic finding? I'm not...

    Did someone try the magic finding? I'm not getting how strand is secure without crimps.
    http://www.themagicfinding.com/directions.html
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    I like millefiori with silver, why not? :) As for...

    I like millefiori with silver, why not? :) As for finding, personally I would prefer twisted silver wire instead of crimping.

    Actually, it's very useful topic- how to achieve professional jewelry...
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    That's the such a high level I even can not dream...

    That's the such a high level I even can not dream about. Awesome. I'm a bit envious :)
    Amazing work and the main thing that you seem truly enjoying with this!
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    I agree. It's impossible to predict even for...

    I agree. It's impossible to predict even for insiders (if would, lots of people would be rich, not only a little selection :)).
    As for jewelry making, it should be good in general if gold and other...
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    Is gold "bubble" over?

    The price of gold seems going down surely. I'm guessing if it's seasonal or it's the beginning of price declining.
    From jewelry making perspective, I think it may be beneficial making precious...
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    I checked the bead show here in Miami last week....

    I checked the bead show here in Miami last week. First time since I've been visiting bead shows about 6-7 years ago. Things changed. The show is not as big as before, and the location is pretty...
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    Emily, I work only with argentium silver, no...

    Emily,
    I work only with argentium silver, no flux, but I agree with you to work slow forming balls (sounds funny, yes :)), and carefully place flame to improve the shape. Just what you wrote. I do...
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    Nope, I'm not tidy person at all. However, I...

    Nope, I'm not tidy person at all. However, I noticed how easy it is to go in mess with jewelry making, and I do all the time. Plus, having just a regular table instead of jewelry workbench...
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    Susie, I keep forgetting to do that, and...

    Susie, I keep forgetting to do that, and yesterday I needed to measure thin gauge wires because I misplaced them in the wrong packages. Thanks for reminding.
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    I took old CD covers (not slim ones), took apart...

    I took old CD covers (not slim ones), took apart and removed inside disc holder part. It would be an ideal to leave it for wire, but in our humid climate I need to keep wires in plastic bag in...
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    I'm not alone :) Peter, files are interesting...

    I'm not alone :)
    Peter, files are interesting idea, thanks.
    As for short lengths, I don't have that problem yet, but will soon :)
    Another problem will small finding, finished and unfinished. It...
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    How do you store your metals?

    I have silver stock in wires, tubes, and sheets. Tubes and sheets are not a problem, but wires are a pain because I keep all different sizes and shapes in original plastic bags with tags on it at one...
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    Well... How about to upgrade to pearls with...

    Well... How about to upgrade to pearls with stones? :)

    Dennis,
    thank you very much for the tips. I've been thinking about it since I started the first ring fitting. Compare to necklaces or...
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    Dennis, thank you. The sizing is tricky, so I...

    Dennis, thank you. The sizing is tricky, so I will make a bunch of rings for myself (good excuse :)). It's time to upgrade from pearls to stone setting.
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    Thanks, Susie! I was surprised how rich polished...

    Thanks, Susie!
    I was surprised how rich polished patina looks.
    I used Midas Black Max patina which is applied by brush. I oxidized partially and carefully with thin brush, and I wanted it to match...
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    Here are the pictures. There are a few mistakes,...

    Here are the pictures. There are a few mistakes, but that's the first piece I don't hate :)
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    Well, I messed up with that ring as usual. :) ...

    Well, I messed up with that ring as usual. :)
    The shank moved during soldering, I used the saw to cut it off, put the dome aside, then recently decided to make something out of it. Lesson learned:...
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    Youtube tutorials

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2GhB8k7vBw
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    You did not forget anything. Looking forward to...

    You did not forget anything. Looking forward to see more of your work!
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    Hi, Dimitrii. Your piece is quite a reminisce...

    Hi, Dimitrii.
    Your piece is quite a reminisce to me, but I've never appreciated Russian filigree before when I've had it widely available.
    How long you have been doing it? Your piece looks like...
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    I'm in love with Saturn :)

    I'm in love with Saturn :)
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    Dennis, I also heard that if you add garlic,...

    Dennis,
    I also heard that if you add garlic, silver alloy will be very effective to kill vampires.
    (everybody checked the calendar? :) )
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    Actually, it looks much better without pearl....

    Actually, it looks much better without pearl. Maybe I give the last chance cutting the wire off.
    I melt some small solder free pieces of silver into granules. Have a quite collection already, and...
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    No nitric acid. I mean that I don't want too much...

    No nitric acid. I mean that I don't want too much troubles refining myself if I can send it to refiner in exchange for new silver. Medical bills will cost much more than recovered with acid silver :)...
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