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    You can get foil from Metal Clay they say at 14...

    You can get foil from Metal Clay they say at 14 microns which is a lot thicker than the gold I use from Cookson for Keum Boo. You may have to roll down your own
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    I was about to say the same but with only the...

    I was about to say the same but with only the 18ct mark it may be continental I suppose if there is no hallmark. Nice ring though.
    You could always contact London Assay office for advice anyway and...
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    Dennis is right about torching it will just...

    Dennis is right about torching it will just disappear into the silver. With keum boo foil at about £70 a sheet the last time I bought you’re lucky you can afford to practice with it. Lucky you for...
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    You’ve been busy, these are lovely. Re keum boo,...

    You’ve been busy, these are lovely.
    Re keum boo, are you using fine silver, otherwise keum boo won’t work as the gold won’t bond ?
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    I used a lot of Perspex back in the 70s and 80s....

    I used a lot of Perspex back in the 70s and 80s. I’d forgotten about tensol which may have been what we used at college but I also used araldite and amazingly the pieces I still have are holding...
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    My preference, not so much movement in the...

    My preference, not so much movement in the bristle when its in contact with the metal so I feel it works better
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    I use these ones...

    I use these ones https://www.cooksongold.com/Jewellery-Tools/Black-Bristle-Lathe-Wheel-2-Stiff-Bristle-Metal-Centre-prcode-944-010&query=bristle%20brush&channel=uk
    But I think James uses the ones...
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    That’s them. There are 3 grades when I’d prefer...

    That’s them. There are 3 grades when I’d prefer the finest but they wear down. I use them for front surfaces matt finish because the sponge gets in quite well and I find it a flatter matt than brass...
  9. Thread: Chain size

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    It depends too on the design of the bail, most of...

    It depends too on the design of the bail, most of mine wouldn’t be large enough to change the chain after fitting a jump ring unless the customer asks. I only have one who likes to mix and match her...
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    I just do a matt finish in the back using the...

    I just do a matt finish in the back using the sponge sanding pads from Cookson that are supposed to be for clay. They are what I use for a matt finish generally
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    Not knowing the size of the pendants but given...

    Not knowing the size of the pendants but given they are quite industrial I like what you’ve put it on and quite like using heavier leather or pvc necklets. It all depends on the weight of the pendant...
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    Tumbling won’t get a high finish as Bob says so...

    Tumbling won’t get a high finish as Bob says so I’d miss out that and use the luxi combo with a bristle for the first stage and swansdown for the final. If you haven’t done anything else but cut...
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    Iíve never used anything but a bench polished...

    Iíve never used anything but a bench polished Jules. I used to use tripoli and rouge , a bristle brush with the tripoli. I now use luxi blue and white but still find myself going back sometimes to my...
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    I’ve never used a tumbler so this may be rubbish...

    I’ve never used a tumbler so this may be rubbish but do you need to tumble after polishing, is it not either or?
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    In relation to proportion and balance you’ll...

    In relation to proportion and balance you’ll discover that almost everything in nature is balanced and proportionate and if you can narrow down aspects and shapes then you’re in the right road
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    Tbh Sheena I’ve never seen beads like these but...

    Tbh Sheena I’ve never seen beads like these but haven’t looked for them either. I would imagine that’s about the right price though.
    I’ve found all these which you could easil flatten with a pair of...
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    One aspect of an art college course was you were...

    One aspect of an art college course was you were made to draw and examine everything. Moving parts in museums, natural form, buildings. It does make you very aware of your surroundings and looking at...
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    As Dennis said design was a big part of what we...

    As Dennis said design was a big part of what we did, one day a week was spent on design, I even know how to do end elevations, side elevations etc. It’s purpose was of course to help you understand...
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    There have been problems on another forums on fb, unusual reactions to just one silver pendant and not the rest. Most of us have put it down to the persons reaction to silver having changed but there...
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    Hi Clare welcome Can you give a bit more info? I...

    Hi Clare welcome
    Can you give a bit more info? I think you have to do a few more posts before you can post a photo.
    If you click on forum there’s a list of categories for posts, I can’t remember...
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    On a slightly different point on the foot pedal,...

    On a slightly different point on the foot pedal, anyone who can use a sewing machine will find it easy to control the speed of the foot pedal on a foredom
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    I’ve deleted my post Vawny so that someone else...

    I’ve deleted my post Vawny so that someone else can advise
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    A photograph would be helpful

    A photograph would be helpful
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    Aw but Jules I quite like spammers for a bit of...

    Aw but Jules I quite like spammers for a bit of baiting. The problem I find occasionally is that I’m not sure whether it’s a spammer or someone who is particularly thick so I ignore them for a wee...
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    I feel it’s not so much that it’s difficult to...

    I feel it’s not so much that it’s difficult to find archived info on fb but that people just don’t even bother to read through a post so are quite happy to ask a question again without looking for a...
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