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    Thanks Dennis, didn't think I had been missed.

    Thanks Dennis, didn't think I had been missed.
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    Cleaning laser cut silver

    Has anyone any idea how to clean laser cut sparkle tubes, I've made a few necklaces using the Cooksons laser cut frosted or sparkle tubes and beads but when they tarnish they don't clean up but go a...
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    I did think I said Palladium Dennis, though I...

    I did think I said Palladium Dennis, though I knew what you meant, I didn't know that plating had a Hierarchy, so education has taken place, so I will accept I can't plate palladium, don't think the...
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    Plating palladium

    Hi, I have carved a pendant design that looks like an upside down fan, spread out in a semicircle, with five folds,it has been cast in 950 Palladium, finished and hallmarked, I want to yellow gold...
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    Thanks Tabby66 and Peter, glad you mentioned...

    Thanks Tabby66 and Peter, glad you mentioned that, had seen the word foil and in my head pictured leaf as that is what I have, to double leaf does make sense as that is common practice when applying...
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    Thank you Peter, I thought it was you that had...

    Thank you Peter, I thought it was you that had described the process, I'll look at the link to find out how to attach the leaf in the first instance and then have a go, just got some double 24ct...
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    Fusing gold leaf to silver sheet

    Hi to everyone again, can anybody help with the question above. I am under the impression that gold leaf can be joined by heat to silver, so the questions are, is this true, how is it achieved and...
  8. Hi Daisy, in the same situation (buying my own...

    Hi Daisy, in the same situation (buying my own equipment) a few years ago, I was advised to go to Machine Mart and get a sievert plumbers torch set, it has a couple of Meters of hose, regulator,...
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    Sticky: Feels a bit like na na na-na nah I certainly...

    Feels a bit like na na na-na nah I certainly don't mean it that way and I know I am lucky, made all of the benches myself, the wax bench was from a BQ oak work top that I got for 50, the silver...
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    As an update on this question, I have telephoned...

    As an update on this question, I have telephoned half a dozen casting companies and the squares could be cast either individually, in pairs or the best was a mould of six per sprue, multiples of...
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    Thanks for the encouragement Medusa, I may think...

    Thanks for the encouragement Medusa, I may think again, juggling cats at the moment, making, preparing bits for the future, got some bits in one shop, preparing bits for another shop and still have...
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    Hi Theresa, glad that you like what I do, the...

    Hi Theresa, glad that you like what I do, the earwires are from W J Sutton, they come in a pack of three pairs, are called Silver Modern Safetywires and are serial coded SM056, Cookson's don't make...
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    I have accounts with both and did put some stuff...

    I have accounts with both and did put some stuff on but it didn't sell and I lost heart. Not put any of my recent stuff on though.
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    What I meant Dennis is that as I am not a...

    What I meant Dennis is that as I am not a jewellery shop some people are unwilling to pay anyway near jewellery shop prices, I have only been doing this for around three years but I don't make...
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    Hello Suzanne, many thanks for the very...

    Hello Suzanne, many thanks for the very complimentary feedback, nearly all of the items on Facebook are available for sale directly, I'm not very good at selling or marketing, I do have some bits in...
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    Any thoughts? Yes, it doesn't ball well, often...

    Any thoughts? Yes, it doesn't ball well, often get a dimple in it and it granulates, what I mean it breaks easily when soldering as it fractures and causes a heat sink, so it tries to solidify and...
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    Hear Hear! know exactly what you mean, I get the...

    Hear Hear! know exactly what you mean, I get the same face, well it's not as if it's from a real jewellers! It exasperates me, when I need my car serviced though and it's 25 an hour for the grease...
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    Tried to get my very lazy 17yr old to do some but...

    Tried to get my very lazy 17yr old to do some but he got bored after about six tiles, he wouldn't be attentive either (something to do with the screaming headphones I think) so ended up getting them...
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    BTW on a previous thread (cutting cones...

    BTW on a previous thread (cutting cones conundrum) the cones didn't take off enough metal to make the corners less sharp, even when left on over night, so that was nearly 100 wasted, the surface...
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    Many thanks Dennis, I had discounted the...

    Many thanks Dennis, I had discounted the 'over-priced silver clay' I already knew that it did not tarnish because of the absence of copper but I didn't know of the formation of silver sulphide, I...
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    Another good idea though to make a few hundred...

    Another good idea though to make a few hundred would I think work out very expensive for what they are, I need around 40 for a necklace and 24 for a bracelet. They would then be 999 silver which...
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    All good advice, think I have some 4mm brass rod...

    All good advice, think I have some 4mm brass rod which solders nicely to silver for the master, maybe worth putting different thickness's and sizes on the one sprue that way all will be catered for,...
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    Casting pattern would be a very good idea, I...

    Casting pattern would be a very good idea, I could make the initial pieces from wax then have them cast, or maybe cut metal, solder join it with wire and get Vipa to make a mould, this suggestion has...
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    I did think of this but decided that the...

    I did think of this but decided that the guillotine crush marks would be a pain to remove, thank you for your suggestion though.
    Steve
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    Thanks for that Peter, will look for tooling. If...

    Thanks for that Peter, will look for tooling. If you find any links or know of any suppliers then please let me know, economy of scale at the moment would suggest that I carry on cutting one at a...
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