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    I assume it is one of these... American supplier, of course, I can't find any UK suppliers on Google... Steel hole punch, 73x10x20mm. Sold individually. - Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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    The FMG one isn't very good quality, sadly (because it's a great price). I use one like this:

    Screw Down Hole Punch [PUN 4] : Beaducation, Jewelry Making Classes When You Want, Where You Want

    Fantastic little gadget

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    I like the look of that tool George, havent seen one before and think i might need one now lol

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    As I have spent too much money on lampwork and semi precious beads I have had to put the disc cutter and punches on my Christmas list and will hopefully be able to start making my bead caps in the New Year...in the mean time does anyone know anywhere I can buy this kind of style? Just simple sterling silver plain caps in a couple of different sizes....??

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    From me if you like

    pm me if you want more info

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    Oooh great! I will pm you

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    Default Beadcap disc sizes?

    George, sorry - I know I am always picking your brains! (or anyone else who can help!)

    Is there an easy way to calculate the size disc you need for a beadcap? For example, I'm trying to make a simple silver domed disc beadcap for an 8mm round bead - to cover 1/3 to 1/2 of the bead (not fussed as long as it fits nicely!) - is there a formula you would use to work out what size disc to cut in the first place? I tried it with a 1/2" disc, and it turned out too big, despite my rudimentary maths!

    I'd eventually like to make smaller (and possibly bigger!) caps if I can find out the formula for them.

    I found one at ganoksin (can't post links yet but seach for beadcaps) - and that was so confusing as maths has never been my strong point!

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    what is the difference between Argentium and Sterling silver?

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    The main difference is the addition of Germanium to the Argentium
    which makes it more tarnish resistant (stronger too)
    There's an article on it in the knowledge base
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