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    Thanks James, beautiful work

    Thanks James, beautiful work
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    Oh wow, lots of interesting stuff to think about....

    Oh wow, lots of interesting stuff to think about. Thanks everyone. I think I will both use copper and investigate the engravers brass.
    Thanks again
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    Thanks Caroline, that's helpful to hear

    Thanks Caroline, that's helpful to hear
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    Thanks China, yes, am in the UK. Never heard of...

    Thanks China, yes, am in the UK. Never heard of engravers brass, do you know what the difference is between it and normal brass?
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    Practice metals?

    Hello all,

    I was just wondering - what metal wire you think is best for practicing making settings and setting stones with?
    Brass, bronze, copper or silver? (or something else I haven't thought...
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    Thanks very much Dennis, will do.

    Thanks very much Dennis, will do.
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    Ah thanks Dennis, that's really helpful. I also...

    Ah thanks Dennis, that's really helpful. I also have that clamp and think it's brilliant. Just ordered a ring stretcher and some ring bending pliers so will give it a go.
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    Oh that's great. So do you just file the ends and...

    Oh that's great. So do you just file the ends and then bend round, no sawing through?
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    Do you not add the extra 5mm on each side for...

    Do you not add the extra 5mm on each side for bending it that Andrew Berry talks about in the video?
    That's the bit that was putting me off the technique as it would add considerable expense.
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    Thanks for that. Do you find it expensive when...

    Thanks for that. Do you find it expensive when making with gold because of the excess needed to wrap around?
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    Yes indeed!

    Yes indeed!
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    Oh - I've just realised where I was going wrong...

    Oh - I've just realised where I was going wrong before:
    I just measured a second 69mm length of silver that I had ordered to make another version of the first ring that went wrong. It measures...
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    Thanks Dennis, that's very helpful. It does sound...

    Thanks Dennis, that's very helpful. It does sound like a good method. Do you do the same process for thinner rings aswell?
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    Thanks Dennis, yes, have seen the Andrew Berry...

    Thanks Dennis, yes, have seen the Andrew Berry video and it does look a good method, I will give it a try. Out of interest, which method/tools do you use for bending?
    The only thing that puts me...
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    Yeah, I know, makes no sense even with the...

    Yeah, I know, makes no sense even with the unnecessary extra 1mm. :confused:
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    Hi, sure : Attempting to make a U size (62.7mm)...

    Hi, sure :
    Attempting to make a U size (62.7mm) ring using 4mm wide/1.3mm thick silver wire:
    So I did (1.3 x 3) + 62.7 + 1mm = 67.6, rounded up = 68mm length of metal.
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    Hi Peter, Thanks for reply. I'm using a rawhide...

    Hi Peter,
    Thanks for reply. I'm using a rawhide mallet and fliping it over to even it out so doesn't seem that's the issue.
    I'd been told to add 1-2mm to calculation to allow for straightening the...
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    wide band ring sizing troubles

    Hello all,

    I am having some problems with sizing metal for making wider ring band.

    I've been using the formula of multiplying the thickness of the metal by 3 and then adding it to the...
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    Hi all, Thanks for tips will try the annealing...

    Hi all,

    Thanks for tips will try the annealing & shaping gradually, though I did try annealing afterwards, as James suggested, but it seems that once it's got to that hard and brittle point it...
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    Hi James, Thanks very much for the reply. I...

    Hi James,
    Thanks very much for the reply. I haven't quenched it afterwards, just pickling once I've left it to cool.
    I'll try both the suggestions, thanks. I wonder if it's possible I'm over...
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    Reticulation problems - metal breaking :(

    Hello all and seasons greetings,

    I would be really grateful for your advice on the following....

    I've been experimenting with reticulating round silver wire in 2mm, with the intention of making...
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    James that's great. Thanks so much, feeling more...

    James that's great. Thanks so much, feeling more confident about it all now.
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    Thanks so much James, that is really helpful. ...

    Thanks so much James, that is really helpful.

    Sorry if this is a very basic question, but when you say a soft flame does that essentially mean using more propane than oxygen?
    I've found it...
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    Annealing Gold Advice

    Hello all,
    So, Iím having a go (with some trepidation/excitement) at making some rings in gold for the first timeÖ
    I have some 1.5mm 18ct yellow & some 1.5mm 9ct white and wondering if anyone has...
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    Lynn that is such a kind offer, are you sure you...

    Lynn that is such a kind offer, are you sure you don't want them?! I've sent you a pm...
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