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  1. Damnation Angel

    Guide on Tumbling

    me personally? I tumble with mixed shape steel shot from Rio Grande, water and blue dawn. mostly, I work with silver, and I haven't had any problems. I don't have much deburring to deal with, I cut my own rings, and use care when cutting. when I do hard materials, like titanium, I just throw the finished pieces in the tumbler with loose rings. running Ti with stainless shot does a GREAT job of shining up the shot lol
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    Rings cutting

    I just use a vice, with jaw covers( you can get those at lowes) I'd recomend Rio Grande for blades, the lazer gold's are pretty good.
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    20ga. 5/64 and dragon question

    I can't say anything about the dragon thing, but I've made E4-1 with 20764 silver, and it looks pretty nice
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    mesh European 4in1

    are you sure about those sizes? I've got a 22 gauge 3/32(2.38mm) bracelet 7 1/4 inches and its got over 800 rings
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    Aloha...again! ;)

    *waving* welcome back Shiz
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    Dragonscale Questions

    @ Shiz I've got a bracelet here, and at 3 rows wide(alternating with 2 of course) it's just a smidge over 3/4 inch. way my brains wired, if someone gives me a size, I just toss out the answer closest without going over. I meausured off an inch just now and got 8 rows of each for 40 and 40, not sure why we're getting a different measure there. mine's layed out flat, fully stretched madewith saw cut hard temper argentium if thats any help
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    Dragonscale Questions

    3 large/2small and 40 of each per inch
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    wrapping cabochons

    I've wrapped them in HP3-1 and 4-1, and I personally wouldnt trust them not to pop out without some kind of adhesive
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    Forgot Why I was making a particular project

    what usually happens with me is, I'll make a test patch of something, just to see how it looks. Then it sits around growing dust and/or tarnish for awhile, then someone I know see's it and says" ooooh I gotta have, that'll make a PERFECT (fill in the blank). lol
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    Pliers that help with hand fatigue?

    @judy with pliers, I just kept buying till I found the ones I like. I have about 30-40 different kinds, most of them packed away in the garage. I use my Xurons for 90% of my jewelry work, then for thos pain in the neck rings, I've got 1 pair of Xuron tweezer nose, and 1 pair of bent chain nose. I have a sneaky feeling I'll wind up buying more tho lol
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    Maille naval mines for an aquarium - Toxic/heavymetals

    Titanium.mmmmmmmmm titanium good! seriously, I'm pretty sure it's safe for your fishies, it's nice and light, pretty much it isnt gonna corrode, and it's got a +5 cool factor
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    Cleaning Rings

    for just cleaning the cutting lube, I usually just toss the loose rings in a jar, add water and dawn, shake for about 30 seconds and rinse. it doesnt shine them up like tumbling, but it gets rid of the crud
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    tumblers and media

    I used mixed shot from rio grande( whole bunch of different shapes) for deburring and polishing at the same time. I've seen the arguing back and forth here about wether or not non abrassive media can actually deburr anything, with very knowledgeable people on both sides of the fence. my PERSONAL opinion is as follows. #1 I cut my own rings, and I'm careful. I use much finer blades than I need to, and I dont wait til they break, they start getting dull, I change blades. soooo, any burr's I wind up with are pretty small. #2 wanna know if stainless shot is deburring your stuff? clean out your barrel, and tumble your rings, or finished pieces, whichever way you prefer. after you're done, look in the bottom of your barrel. see those little shiny things winking at you? those are the little tiny burrs that got knocked off. I've heard the arguement that thats not "true" deburring, and its no good for heavy burrsbut by my way of thinking, if you are leaving burrs too large to be cleaned up with steel shot and blue dawn, maybe you need to revamp your cutting method? I dont know, I havent finished my coffee yet.
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    Selling pieces on Etsy

    a few people have covered the different kinds of "buyers" out there. some are just gonna buy the cheapest thing they can. not a put down on them, its just what they think is the best deal. I sell a LOT of wallet chains. mostly to bikers. when someone asks me about the difference in price between what I sell, and the one they saw at the local bike shop, I put it in terms they can relate to. " how much ya got in your (insert specific model of Harley here)? you can get a (insert specific model of import cruiser here) for a few thousand less". usually that gets the point across, but if not, I point out that nickel plated brass is gonna lose the nickel coating, and breaks a lot easier than stainless steel
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    Selling pieces on Etsy

    someone on this forum commented on this issue years ago and it made sense to me.I dont recall his exact words, and I'm not going to look for the thread, the long and the short of it is simply that undervaluing your work hurts all maillers. on etsy, there are people that charge several times what I do. and there are people that charge a fraction of what I do as well. I don't try to compete with anyone on price.
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    Byzantine Ring

    my personal finger ring is a 20764 in stainless. I made a test piece of byz. in half hard 22564 argentium, and it was too stiff to work as a ring(or bracelet for that matter, it was essentially a bar)if its made using the goldfill TRL sells, I dont thing 5/64 will work(AR of 3.2) the 10K gold might work at that size, its hand cut and has an AR of 3.4
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    SOPA/PIPA...do you know about this?

    with the house killing SOPA, this is all effectively beating a dead horse. IF PIPA makes it thru the senate(doubtful) it'll die in the house. if it manages to make it through the house, hasn't Obama already said he'd veto it?
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    Pliers that help with hand fatigue?

    I tried the lindstrom and hated them. really cheap feeling to me, which sucks cause they're pretty pricey. I have a couple pairs of xuron short nose, and I love them. cost something like $10 a pair, great for jewelry metals, a little iffy at 16 gauge tho. I havent tried the swanstrom, or any other pricier brands, once bitten twice shy and all that
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    Byzantine Ring

    I've made byz rings with 22 gauge 3/32 inconel, and 20 gauge 7/64 stainless. I guess I'll chime in with everyone else about not trusting a softer metal to hold up as a finger ring
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    Hackey Sacks

    I dont use rings as fill, but theres a tutorial over on M.A.I.L. , expanding circles that I've used to make dozen's of hacky sacks. I use 1814 stainless rings, and a square of felt to stuff them, but I'd think if you filled them with pre-closed aluminum rings, that would probably work. good luck, and I hope that helps
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    tumblers and media

    like j_betts has already said, its all really a matter of opinion, but my 2 rings worth,... I bought a harbor freight tumbler and mixed shape stainless steel shot from Rio Grande. lots of people have said the harbor freight tumblers are garbage, wont last a month, etc.I took the cover over the motor off(no kids around so no safety concerns) for better cooling, and I've had it for going on 4 years now. the lousy replacement belts harbor freight sells don't last worth a,.... well, they dont last. someone once said on here that there was a vacuum cleaner belt that fit perfectly you could use instead, but I'm too lazy to look that post up, and too indiferent to try to figure it out on my own, I just keep spare belts handy. good luck! oops, forgot to mention, mine is the rotary tumbler, not the vibratory
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    new cat

    wednsday, I decided to take a different route for my walk. about 4.5 miles from home, this TINY little cat comes wobbling along the gutter, so weak it could barely stand. since I'm a sucker, I picked the little thing up and brought her home.I seriously thought she was a kitten, wieghed only 3 1/2 pounds, just skin and bones. took her to the vet yesterday, and was told that if I hadnt found her when I did, she probably wouldnt have lasted another day , but she's negative for any diseases, and all she needs is food, love and more food .I'll post pics later Bill
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    any advice?

    so the library here in San Bernardino has a " display your craft" thing they do, and next month, I'll have a display case there to show off my goodies. I figure a bunch of bracelets, earrings, and keychains, a few necklaces, mandrels and coils, stuff like that with maybe 3X5 cards to explain the different weaves, how the rings are coiled and cut, etc. anybody got any idea's to make it more eye-catching? thanks
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    jump ring opener/closer tool thingy ring

    LOL Sneath, I gave the one I bought to my mom as a ring. I think the suckiness of those things has been covered pretty well, dont need to pile on more abuse.