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 on: Today at 04:19:24 PM 
Started by aherodias - Last post by aherodias
Hello all:  I'm experienced in many  kinds of metal fabrication but I have never made a channel inlay cuff bracelet. I'd welcome all advice and tips regarding measurements, wire sizes, sheet sizes, setting stones, bending and fitting ...  or anything else you more experienced makers can suggest. THANK YOU!!

 on: Today at 12:55:38 PM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by ToTheSummit
Was good to see you, even if we didn't get time to hound.  And I'm still cutting up rocks you gave me when I came to Utah, besides the fact that you spent a whole day showing me all your secret spots.  I figured some rough was the least that I could do for you.  Besides, I'm really curious to see how that conglomerate turns out as a sphere since it really doesn't have much use as anything else.

 on: February 20, 2018, 08:13:18 PM 
Started by steverocks - Last post by steverocks
Hello, All!
Planning on going to Madagascar, does anyone have any contacts or information that could help me get some rocks and gems while I'm on my visit.


 on: February 20, 2018, 06:55:35 PM 
Started by ivanhoe - Last post by ivanhoe
They do make round wire rolling mill cylinders. Often, rolling mills seem to come with half the usual flat blank plate, and the other half round wire, but some make square or half round. I think maybe Durston's are round. Some mills sell interchangeable cylinders and have round wire ones that can be switched in. The price varies wildly based upon quality. The cheapest rolling mills I've seen probably can't be trusted for doing what you need done. They have ones out of china now for $350 or less but I personally would not trust those to get the job done. I think you should call and ask ottofrei ( as they probably know.

I have an old Durston's .. half rd .. square wire .. & flat area. At the time, if I recall correctly, I purchased it when it was on sale: and at that time round wire mills were not available to the home hobbyists. That's been awhile ago.

Really $$ I am in no hurry. It is interesting to know that round wire interchangeable rollers or cylinders are available. It would be helpful to see what the round wire coming out of these less expensive mills looks like. Nice thing is that pattern rollers, & other roller options are available. Thank you!  IV 

 on: February 20, 2018, 06:44:46 PM 
Started by ivanhoe - Last post by ivanhoe

That's a fine link and great looking round rolling mill. Not that it would matter all that much $$. but it would be nice to see what the round wire coming out of this or these kind of mills actually looks like? IV

 on: February 20, 2018, 06:19:45 PM 
Started by Debbie K - Last post by PhilNM

 on: February 20, 2018, 05:57:38 PM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by Sandsave
I went to play golf in mesquite nv, last weekend made plans to catch up with To the summit aka Karl after golf on Saturday for some rockhounding, as usual all plans went south, had a frost delay for a hour, and the groups in front of us must have been in some sort of turtle league, slowest players I've ever seen!
So I text Karl to let him know I could meet up with him as I had some material for him and not enough daylight left in the day. We made a plan to meet at a exit on I-15, what a guy he had gone out to the spots we were supposed to collect and picked me up some really nice material big enough to sphere and some nice red onyx he had collected elsewhere.
He didn't have to do that I felt guilty that he did all the work, I'll make sure he gets some nice spheres for sure...
Good guy alert!!!!!

 on: February 20, 2018, 05:09:35 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by hummingbirdstones
Thanks to Tony (Catmandewe) for the awesome rough!   :icon_sunny:

 on: February 20, 2018, 05:07:55 PM 
Started by ivanhoe - Last post by hummingbirdstones

 on: February 20, 2018, 03:22:51 PM 
Started by Debbie K - Last post by ileney
It's sad when the rude students mess it up for the rest. Personally, I am happy to pay well for good classes with excellent instructors and Metalwerx is non-profit. They pour the money into hiring good people and keeping the place in top form, so that makes me happy. I take an open stuio class with  very talented silversmith/lapidarist who is happy to offer advice when needed. I would much rather pay extra to get the use of an excellent, well ventilated, well lit studio with every tool available, often in multiples, and excellent professional instruction, than scrounge amongst beat up tools and poor staff for cast offs.  That just strikes me as penny wise and pound follish. You get what you pay for. There is no reason a professional should put up with maltreatment, IMO, even if he/she is willing and able to instruct people for less than the going rate, out of dedication to his/her profession.

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