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    While you can have different widths of bands in a...

    While you can have different widths of bands in a stacking ring set, it is much better if the thickness is the same. A 1.2mm diameter wire will not sit well with 1mm round wire. By the way these...
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    I was lucky enough to get a Proxxon pillar drill...

    I was lucky enough to get a Proxxon pillar drill and a bench guillotine from my lovely man. Mum has told me to order something but she won't tell me how much I can spend so I'll have to wait for...
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    I stumbled across this one about a week ago ...

    I stumbled across this one about a week ago

    https://www.facebook.com/plymouthpearlcompany/?hc_ref=SEARCH

    It looked decidedly dodgy even to my untrained eye.

    I then did a quick google and saw...
  4. Thread: silver box

    by Maree Hart
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    I have no idea of the 'official' answer, but if...

    I have no idea of the 'official' answer, but if the box sides are higher than the side of the lid, then putting the rim inside the box would give more strength to the component. Presumably the lid...
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    Would love the hammer handpiece please :-)

    Would love the hammer handpiece please :-)
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    I used 9ct for the first time yesterday - melted...

    I used 9ct for the first time yesterday - melted down an old broken necklace, rolled down the ingot into D wire and made myself a ring.

    Yes, it was scary (though I hadn't had to pay out cash for...
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    I love this:...

    I love this: http://www.cooksongold.com/Jewellery-Tools/Mitre-Cutter-Jig-prcode-997-169A for filing my wire edges square.

    However I use it less and less now I have learned the ring making trick of...
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    I like the 300mm x 300mm soldering boards sold by...

    I like the 300mm x 300mm soldering boards sold by cousins. I've heard their customer service is non existent and they don't take returns but for something low value like this it doesn't seem too bad.
  9. Thread: Oh Bother!

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    I've been lusting after that one all day. ...

    I've been lusting after that one all day.

    Trying to work out if I can persuade my OH that a 500 mile round trip in a day would be possible.
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    Aaah, that would explain then why I've had no...

    Aaah, that would explain then why I've had no problem using a 2/0 on 1mm metal.
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    Andrew Berry has a chart of jewellers saw blades...

    Andrew Berry has a chart of jewellers saw blades and dimensions as a free resource:

    http://www.atthebench.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/resources_jewellers_blades.pdf

    He shows 2/0 as being...
  12. That is beautiful.

    That is beautiful.
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    I bought a foredom very recently after looking at...

    I bought a foredom very recently after looking at other brands. I was initially drawn to the Dremel, partly because contrary to other members experience here I have had good service from the two...
  14. Thread: Tube cutter

    by Maree Hart
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    I only use a mitre jig to file square the rather...

    I only use a mitre jig to file square the rather wonky cuts I make with my piercing saw. It only takes a few seconds to do.

    Only if I do more work in gold will I go for some tube cutters as...
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    My dremel is multi speed with slowest 5000 rpm. ...

    My dremel is multi speed with slowest 5000 rpm. Fortunately I already owned it before I started making jewellery. I found quite quickly that it was nearly impossible to cut a seat with a setting...
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    Now I look silly - the site I linked to is A E...

    Now I look silly - the site I linked to is A E Ward!
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    Have you tried www.wardgemstones.com? I don't...

    Have you tried www.wardgemstones.com? I don't think they are connected to the site you mention above.

    They have a vast range. I haven't used them yet, though will as soon as I can afford to. I...
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    They are beautiful.

    They are beautiful.
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    Make sure you only use the tiniest bit of solder,...

    Make sure you only use the tiniest bit of solder, and try to dissuade the solder from flowing over the metal - you only want it in the joint.

    To do this you have to make the environment of the...
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    Thank you Paul - your fix has worked for me and I...

    Thank you Paul - your fix has worked for me and I can now use Chrome (my normal browser) again!

    I had forgotten to add to my post yesterday that I also had the problem on my android tablet - but...
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    I have also been having problems logging in - or...

    I have also been having problems logging in - or even reading the forums using Chrome. I used to use the Facebook login.

    I worked out yesterday that I could use Microsoft Edge and log in with...
  22. Thread: Hello

    by Maree Hart
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    I manage to use my little torch for virtually...

    I manage to use my little torch for virtually everything, though if it's a small bezel on a large ring I wouldn't attempt to heat the bezel at all until the ring is fully up to temp (and often it...
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    1mm would be more than adequate. The strength is...

    1mm would be more than adequate. The strength is partly in the shape assuming it will be splayed either end to contain the inner rings.

    I made one once with 0.6mm which was what I had to hand to...
  24. Thread: Tools again

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    Cousins simply calls it a stone setting claw...

    Cousins simply calls it a stone setting claw making tool :

    https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/bezel-setting-claw-making

    Have never tried one but I'm very tempted to start with Dennis's tutorial...
  25. I also use a slow cooker, but if you want...

    I also use a slow cooker, but if you want something microwaveable have you tried using a jar from pickled onions or similar? I'm wondering if the lids on those would be more substantially coated as...
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