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    NO! no...CARL, dont bow out, even for a...

    NO! no...CARL, dont bow out, even for a breather....if any of us have upset you, we are sorry, and i have PM'd you, explaining perhaps our 'humour', for which i appologise!

    Your a great...
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    Hi bud, glad you took it in the light hearted...

    Hi bud,
    glad you took it in the light hearted way it was meant...ive upset so many on forums by my 'ways' lol.

    I shot myself in the foot so many times doing sites, by including this and...
  3. Remember, it costs just 9 a year to have a dot...

    Remember, it costs just 9 a year to have a dot com web address. Building and hosting a site is easy, and often free, or from just 5 a month.
    Thats not a lot, to start a scam, is it? So remember to...
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    I see a logo at the botom of the homepage, 'top...

    I see a logo at the botom of the homepage, 'top 50 crafters' which links to a website, not suprisingly..."top50crafters.dot whatever".
    I dunno about anyone else, but the logo '98, top crafters' as...
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    im costing out petrol and cheap ferry tickets to...

    im costing out petrol and cheap ferry tickets to france, and researching allowances for cigaretts for personal use...and wine...and beer...then off for a day trip over the channel cause this country...
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    Im going to be 'properly' critical, and say that...

    Im going to be 'properly' critical, and say that i dont like the flower, it lacks something....but the heart?.....I LOVE.

    It looks like a red cushion sitting on the metal, and works for me...its...
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    Im sure someone with enamelling experience will...

    Im sure someone with enamelling experience will be along soon with detailed info, but i can tell you that in the trade enamellers offer cold enameling, so it must work, and be a reputable sort of...
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    Oh Di has just reminded me....if you do fairs or...

    Oh Di has just reminded me....if you do fairs or similar, one thing you can do to help profits, as she rightly points out about imports, is sell them too! If you cant beat em, join em! This way,...
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    price it to sell, cause if it doesnt sell, its...

    price it to sell, cause if it doesnt sell, its game over anyway.

    Look at how much others are charging, via local jewellers shops, online retailers, argos, other catalogs, even avon...then you...
  10. Thread: Total mess.

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    #-o NO......no......

    #-o

    NO......no......
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    dont worry, i just do it as i dont feel right...

    dont worry, i just do it as i dont feel right listing a BIG list of other suppliers, such as when people knew (ish) to the trade want a background of suppliers so I PM info like that instead....
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    Hi, In the jewellery trade, there arn't many...

    Hi,

    In the jewellery trade, there arn't many "coherent" qualifications, as most people did what you did, that is learn under someone else, either in some sort of private or college course, or on...
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    No, you shouldnt need ptfe, but you will need a...

    No, you shouldnt need ptfe, but you will need a spanner to tighten the nut.
    presumably your torch comes with the PRESSURE ADAPTOR...?

    this, is rather important!

    I think when you do up the...
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    about 4 to 6 k per ct for rnd brilliant, but i...

    about 4 to 6 k per ct for rnd brilliant, but i see on my list an emerald cut for 3.8k (1.53ct, vs1, F)...so there's some ball park figures
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    Thank you !

    what a great post! all too often peeps take advice and go off and do...so those who read these posts, dont get the feedback of how it all turned out.

    Thank you, for taking the time to show how it...
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    new courses for 2010

    I am a proffessional jeweller, with 20 years experience, and I will be doing personalised video tutorials with unlimited email support in 2010, which will save people traveling half way accross the...
  17. Thread: After Christmas?

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    OH the irony......

    OH the irony......
  18. Thread: Hello World

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    xmas was good. :bauble: new year will be even...

    xmas was good. :bauble:

    new year will be even better.....plenty of plans :D
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    For large, solid silver items, you need a propane...

    For large, solid silver items, you need a propane torch similar to this

    Sievert Torch Kit - Cooksongold.com

    and you will need to adjust your technique in that you are heating the 'base' item,...
  20. Thread: Help with brooch

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    The main thing about setting cameo's is that they...

    The main thing about setting cameo's is that they are often wonky, particularly the large shell ones.

    They are almost always bezel (or 'rub over') set.

    Place on a table or flat surface, and...
  21. Thread: Commissions

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    Unfortunatly, there will always be...

    Unfortunatly, there will always be mis-communication, between what the cutomer see's in thier mind, and what they get.

    A lot of this is simply due to the customer visualising the impossible, and...
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    slightly of topic..

    Whilst on the subject of torches, I'd like to remind newbee's of the mouth blow torch, which is the traditional jewellers torch.

    They run off a single gas, usually butane, but will accept propane...
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    You'd probably want two bits of kit here. A...

    You'd probably want two bits of kit here. A doming block and corresponding punches, which ideally you'd want in wood and metal (the punches!) and some 'stakes' which are most usually used in...
  24. Thread: Wall Planner

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    How cool is that!!! :hohoho:

    How cool is that!!!

    :hohoho:
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    There is a list of duty rates for all items,...

    There is a list of duty rates for all items, available on the customs and excise web site. Each type of item has a unique code, and there are many veriants, for example trainers: there is "all...
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