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    Please bear in mind that I only do small pressings and shapings, I cut my own leaf work dies in brass blocks and then press soft golds into the dies with the No 0 Arbor press, I also make shapes using brass rod, turned on my lathe such as shaping punches for making egg pendant halves, I press these into a wooden or a lead block, I have also made a straight line angle folder that fits in the press, this is used for adding central veins to leaves as well as folding corners on square frames and bezels.
    Below are some of my leaf pressings from my home made dies, pressed with the small Arbor press.
    James

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    Thanks James - I'll have a chat to them at Axminster.

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    Wow! They're brilliant James! Goldsmiths are evidently 50% engineer, 50% artist!

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    It is, after all, a discipline that's been around a wee while longer than online ordering of tools has... Personally, I love being able to make my own tools - although it isn't always the most effective use of my time.

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    I think you're more 70/40 Peter (and my math is good!).

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    I thought you might like to see the job that I used the leaf pressings on, it was a nephrite photo frame, not a great photo but it gives you some idea. I pressed the leaves and made up the flower blooms.
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    Peter,
    I meant to ask if you are a Bond film fan, if so you might be interested in knowing that I made some film props and also some of my work was rented for one of the films some years ago, I wonder if you can guess which film?
    James

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    That's a brilliant story James! Started my morning with a smile!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldsmith View Post
    I meant to ask if you are a Bond film fan, if so you might be interested in knowing that I made some film props and also some of my work was rented for one of the films some years ago, I wonder if you can guess which film?
    I've been known to watch the odd one or two... Of the 2 obvious candidates, I don't remember Mr Goldfinger being much of an aesthete; which only leaves Mr Scaramanga. As an aside, there's a Julian Scaramanga just outside Bath who sells specialist cars, but he didn't have a DB5 the last time I asked him

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    Peter, the Bond villain that handled my props and some genuine pieces was General Orlov, I made some of the Faberge Eggs in Octopussy, they used three of my gold eggs rented from Asprey for a scene in the Kremlin museum, and our workshop made the main four identical silver gilt prop eggs, we had to make four because they were filming scenes with the egg in view in different parts of the world at the same time.

    James

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