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    Hi LennieK, Welcome to the forum. I completed my...

    Hi LennieK,
    Welcome to the forum. I completed my training in the same way as you, taking all the classes of a Jewellery design and manufacture degree on a part time basis so I fully understand your...
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    Thanks Dennis, the consensus appears to be 300...

    Thanks Dennis, the consensus appears to be 300 degrees in the oven for about an hour to drive out moisture then coated with borax.

    Cheers.
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    Pretreatment of a graphite crucible

    Morning all.
    I have a inherited an electric furnace for melting metals. I have had it safety tested and purchased some new graphite crucibles for its use. Question, do I pretreat the graphite...
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    Brilliant Hack...

    Brilliant Hack...
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    Jeez I hope I don't have to learn everything the...

    Jeez I hope I don't have to learn everything the hard way! But, as my Dad used to say " if you're learning from a mistake, it was a mistake worth making" (or words to that effect) xx[/QUOTE]
    ...
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    Hi, I do not have the book, but Stephen...

    Hi,
    I do not have the book, but Stephen Goldsmith is world renowned ....so maybe worth a read of the new book? I am sure it is available at the usual suspect sites, but as I'm not a fan of them I...
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    I have a fire blanket hung on the wall next to my...

    I have a fire blanket hung on the wall next to my soldering/casting station and I have just noticed that my foam cylinder is out of date....
  8. Thread: Counter enamel

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    Without a doubt the enamel on the back has been...

    Without a doubt the enamel on the back has been overheated. Is it absolutely necessary to counter? It is usually used to stabilise a piece from buckling out of shape....but sometimes depending on...
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    So I am happy to say that apart from the infernal...

    So I am happy to say that apart from the infernal noise it makes, I have modified my engraver and it is now a setters hammer and it is perfect. I have rounded off the point and polished it to a...
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    Thanks Caroline, I think I even have one...

    Thanks Caroline, I think I even have one somewhere in the attic of my workshop...I need to go check it out, do some modification and let you all know the result. thanks guys.
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    Thanks Dennis & Caroline, good feedback there. ...

    Thanks Dennis & Caroline, good feedback there. So Dennis you modified your engraver by cutting the power cable and inserting a dimmer switch to slow the motor down further? That's worth a try.
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    Micro motor question

    Hi all,
    I appreciate this topic has been done to death on the forum I lost many hours last night using the search function. However, I do have a very specific question. Would one of the...
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    Radio 5 Live

    Radio 5 Live
  14. Sterling whether depletion gilded or not will...

    Sterling whether depletion gilded or not will react with all levels of non-uniformity with enamels. If you read up you will see that most people either enamel on fine silver or at least Britannia...
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    Hi, I'm in NL and here they do not recognise 9kt...

    Hi, I'm in NL and here they do not recognise 9kt gold so 14 is our minimum standard. I have provided a couple of links to two metals pages despite language, it should be pretty obvious when you look...
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    That's funny!!

    That's funny!!
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    All of the above, plus remelting silver with a...

    All of the above, plus remelting silver with a strong flame can also introduce oxygen to your mix.
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    Yep, I know they do stink already, I will cut...

    Yep,
    I know they do stink already, I will cut the edges off and dry out in a secluded area ready to cast in the summer. Thanks so much.
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    Cuttlefish Bones.

    Picked up some cuttlefish bones up off the beach yesterday. They need drying out and still have the outer shell attached. Will the shell easily detach once they are dry or do I need to do...
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    Forging a Balloon shape

    Good one for you all.
    For a local competition, I want to forge some balloon shapes then enamel them, so probably best to go without two halves and solder together....so what shape do I start with...
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    Thanks Dennis, why did I not think of...

    Thanks Dennis, why did I not think of Wards....yep milky will be grade F, I presume.
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    Milky Aquamarine

    Any pointers much appreciated, looking for suppliers of milky aquamarine facet cut 2/3mm in diameter.
    Thanks!!
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    Missed your question, sorry...Haa I saw at least...

    Missed your question, sorry...Haa I saw at least 2 newly planted forested areas, camped on the edge of one, pledged to return in 20 yrs to see how it has developed.
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    Will PM you Sarah

    Will PM you Sarah
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    Hi Michael, Not my area of work, but have seen...

    Hi Michael,
    Not my area of work, but have seen this done on You tube online. Is laser welding an option?
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