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    You're lucky to have that kind of hardware store...

    You're lucky to have that kind of hardware store nearby. Here in London its mostly online, so its much more difficult to sort out. Dennis.
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    Dear Lucas. I'm sorry to say you've bought a...

    Dear Lucas.

    I'm sorry to say you've bought a bit of a turkey. By the time you've trialled and errored suitable compression springs, and paid for the rollers to be re- ground, you will have spent...
  3. Thread: hello

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    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Hello and welcome to the forum.
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    I never have, except for acrylics, which create a...

    I never have, except for acrylics, which create a lot of fine dust.
    For those I wear a mask, and attach our home vacuum cleaner to the band saw and the polisher hood.

    For metal work you should...
  5. If desired, hammer it lightly with a tiny hammer,...

    If desired, hammer it lightly with a tiny hammer, or metal object.

    Apply an oxidising solution from Cookson to darken it. Dilute a portion with tap water to retard the action.
    Wash off before...
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    Well keep asking here too. That's what forum are...

    Well keep asking here too. That's what forum are for.
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    There are two aspects of jewellery making:...

    There are two aspects of jewellery making:
    Technical proficiency, and design. Unfortunately they are not always found in the same tutor.
    Gain only the first, and you will become a jobbing jeweller....
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    Thank you Peter.

    Thank you Peter.
  9. If it is still soft enough to get out of its...

    If it is still soft enough to get out of its tube, then spatulate drop by drop with purified water, or Auflux, until it's a you like it. Dennis.
  10. Hard to say without a picture, but it is...

    Hard to say without a picture, but it is sometimes possible to create a smooth surface on the back, or solder one on. Dennis.
  11. Thread: spinner ring

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    The first two methods will work, Wendy: 1....

    The first two methods will work, Wendy:

    1. Have the base ring a little wide to provide a ledge for solder. Slip on retainer rings made from round, D-shaped or square wire, and solder sparingly...
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    An ambitious project with difficulties likely at...

    An ambitious project with difficulties likely at every stage.
    Using white gold casting grain, or better still, crafting it from Argentium sheet, or wire would be more realistic. Dennis
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    Hi navigupta, and welcome to the forum. As you...

    Hi navigupta, and welcome to the forum.
    As you well know, the Indian subcontinent has its own traditions of jewellery, so European styles might not appeal.

    However I have attached some popular...
  14. You are of course unusual in using 800 silver....

    You are of course unusual in using 800 silver. Casting it makes some micro-porosity inevitable, so it will be more prone to retaining pickle. The higher base metal content makes it more prone to...
  15. Yes, you are right. The green colour would be due...

    Yes, you are right. The green colour would be due to base metal salts, particularly of copper. This can be avoided by boiling up in a weak alkaline solution after pickling, followed by plain water....
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    Hello Virginia Ann, and welcome to the forum. How...

    Hello Virginia Ann, and welcome to the forum. How are things in Colorado?
  17. Well, you're a real jeweller now. The chain...

    Well, you're a real jeweller now. The chain appears to be a belcher chain, which makes it light weight. I don't see a fastener. The verdict on chunkiness will become apparent when you see it on the...
  18. Thread: Hi there

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    Hi Stephanie, and welcome to the forum. Yes...

    Hi Stephanie, and welcome to the forum.

    Yes the moonstone will need to be unset, before resizing the ring. Then add a piece of suitable wire, slightly too thick on the outer side of the shank, and...
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    Well, you obviously use a low temperature solder...

    Well, you obviously use a low temperature solder and a soldering iron. Keep well away from your workbench to avoid contamination of tools and precious metals.

    Alternatively, you can contact Mills...
  20. Hi scotview, and welcome to the forum. Very nice...

    Hi scotview, and welcome to the forum. Very nice piece of enamelling. Now to expand your skills by making it wearable, or mounting it as a decoration. Dennis.
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    As already mentioned, rings are subject to wear...

    As already mentioned, rings are subject to wear and bashing, so that rules out plating, and also bought in gold balls, which are mostly painfully thin, and so liable to dent, or even collapse.

    I...
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    They are probably made of a base metal alloy...

    They are probably made of a base metal alloy called German silver, containing zinc nickel and copper. Here is more about it:
    https://somethingborrowedpdx.com/what-is-german-silver/. Put it down to...
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    It's been a long time, so I've forgotten. But...

    It's been a long time, so I've forgotten. But here is some general information to get you reading.

    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=how+to+enamel+on+copper

    Dennis.
  24. Hi TFG, and welcome to the forum. If the medal is...

    Hi TFG, and welcome to the forum. If the medal is made of solid silver, then it is likely that it could be repaired by soldering, probably using easy hallmarking quality solder.
    If you are not sure,...
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    Well done so far then. By using Micro Mesh sheets...

    Well done so far then. By using Micro Mesh sheets (you don't need all of them, just 3 or 4 grades), you can get pretty near scratch free, and then finish with rouge on a cloth, or a soft cotton mop...
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