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    I have a pendant motor from Axminster. It's more...

    I have a pendant motor from Axminster. It's more than adequate. Actually it's a really good piece of kit for the money!

    Sarah
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    Just a thought.....the pieces you have had...

    Just a thought.....the pieces you have had problems with, are they fresh clay from the lump or rehydrated in any way? Also, how much oil or slik are you using with the clay, have you changed this at...
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    Are you wearing it all the time? It might be...

    Are you wearing it all the time? It might be worth trying to work out why the stones are falling out, so you can prevent it happening again.

    Sarah
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    I have been using metal clay for about ten years....

    I have been using metal clay for about ten years. What you are seeing is actually quite normal for fired silver clay. You need to remember that when fired, it doesn't liquefy, so it's molecular...
  5. Thread: Vice!

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    Vice!

    What I'm actually after is a recommendation for a new bench vice!
    I need a clamp on type (rather than a bolt down) does anyone have one that they think is great? Or any to avoid?

    Ta in...
  6. I work in the retail jewellery trade. I also...

    I work in the retail jewellery trade.
    I also make jewellery. I consider myself to be pretty skilled in silver.
    I will be honest and say that I would never attempt to make an engagement ring....
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    Thanks all for the input! I'll maybe try and do...

    Thanks all for the input!
    I'll maybe try and do something with thermoplastic.
    Jules, yes I'm still bashing away! I'm probably busier than I've ever been and am actually making some kind of a...
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    From what I understand from our bench jewellers...

    From what I understand from our bench jewellers at work, it doesn't like overworking or too much reworking.....gets a bit brittle after several sizing a for example, so I'm told.

    Sarah
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    Delrin / Nylon doming block

    I would really like a doming block made out of delrin or similar.
    I know there are a couple of places in the U.S. Where they are available, but I'd much rather spend my cash in the UK!
    Or, is there...
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    To be honest, after 10 years in the designing...

    To be honest, after 10 years in the designing side of things and 5 years in jewellery retail, I don't think I have ever come across anything but lighter green sapphire in the flesh, so to speak. You...
  11. What kind of clasp are you after making?

    What kind of clasp are you after making?
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    Hello Julie! Nice to see you here! Sarah

    Hello Julie!
    Nice to see you here!

    Sarah
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    Dennis, It's this one...

    Dennis,
    It's this one
    http://www.cooksongold.com/Jewellery-Tools/Burrbusch-411-Cup-0.9mm-prcode-989-009
    The current one I am using I have had since April 2010. It's still works quickly and...
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    Sorry Dennis, I have to disgree with you on one...

    Sorry Dennis, I have to disgree with you on one point - I have a cup burr identical to the one Joe has linked......I have probably rounded off the ends of around 500 silver earwires with mine and it...
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    Try Domino in Birmingham...... Their casting arm...

    Try Domino in Birmingham......
    Their casting arm is called Weston Beamor,who can make adjustments to their stock range..........
  16. Thread: Big fall-out

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    OMG I know exactly who you mean.... I was having...

    OMG I know exactly who you mean....
    I was having an internet trawl t'other day, I saw them and thought, bloody hell they are familiar!
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    Oooh, interesting, different to what I was...

    Oooh, interesting, different to what I was taught. Thanks Peter............
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    You need to neutralise it with a BIG helping of...

    You need to neutralise it with a BIG helping of bicarb. When its done fizzing, dilute it and throw it down the drain.......
  19. Thread: bouf.com

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    I had some trouble with Bouf. I tried to set up...

    I had some trouble with Bouf.
    I tried to set up a shop with them ages ago, signed up for a free trial and gave my paypal details. I then could never log in. I phoned them, emailed them and never got...
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    Twinkle, Unfortunately it's to be expected....

    Twinkle,
    Unfortunately it's to be expected. Silver has gone up by $9 per troy oz in the last 3 months alone, from around $18 to $27 or more.
    The markets are goig a bit crazy!

    Sarah
  21. Thread: head pins

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    Interesting....I ordered some earlier today and...

    Interesting....I ordered some earlier today and he asked me what I used it for, so I told him. He then cryptically said "You'll have to let us know how you get on".
    I did say to him that some fellow...
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    Palmer's range of Argentium is limited to a...

    Palmer's range of Argentium is limited to a lobster clasp and an earwire!....deffo no bullion there..............

    Sarah
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    Hmmmmm (rubs chins). Pave set...

    Hmmmmm (rubs chins). Pave set pork.......interesting.......
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    I am self taught George - so if I find a method...

    I am self taught George - so if I find a method that works and is invisible, I just go with it!
    Lovin' your bumpies ;) !

    Sarah
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    Get some easy silver solder paste, put a tiny...

    Get some easy silver solder paste, put a tiny blob of it on the back of the gold piece, the pop it in place on the silver. Gently heat the piece up until you see the solder flash out (you will know...
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