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    Critique Request: Finish it and learn from it. Once finished you...

    Finish it and learn from it. Once finished you will see everything that you have done wrong and what you have done right. It's all part of the learning curve. :)

    Yes, you will notice the pit marks...
  2. Thanks, Sam I will try the PNG as it sounds...

    Thanks, Sam

    I will try the PNG as it sounds like it's quicker by not having to remove the white background from a JPG.

    In fact I think you may have told me that a while ago but I'd forgotten :)...
  3. It all depends on what you want to do with the...

    It all depends on what you want to do with the end product. Drawing or engraving?

    Is the drawing for engraving/transfer?

    or is the drawing for clip art and print reproduction in various sizes?...
  4. Hi Deb And thank you for the compliment :) ...

    Hi Deb

    And thank you for the compliment :)

    Yes, the actual process is basically the same from thumbnail through to finished design.

    However, the iPad Pro and ProCreate make some things a bit...
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    FEGA Gun Engravers Show Las Vegas

    Well, it's hard to believe that another year has rolled around and the FEGA show will be starting in a few days.

    Tomorrow I start my journey to Las Vegas and arrive Monday mid afternoon.
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    Fantastic thank you, Lee A very generous...

    Fantastic thank you, Lee

    A very generous donation to the auction.

    Looking forward to seeing you In Las Vegas next week.

    Make sure you bring a lot of milk to drink :)

    Cheers
    Andrew
  7. Looks great, Bert And a big thank you to all...

    Looks great, Bert
    And a big thank you to all involved. Really appreciated.

    Cheers
    Andrew
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    Thanks for the tip, Mike That would come in...

    Thanks for the tip, Mike

    That would come in handy every now and then.

    That plastic stuff that was mentioned..........looks like a product called Jett Sett. I tried it many years ago and it was...
  9. It's hard to believe that a year has rolled...

    It's hard to believe that a year has rolled around already :)

    Yes, Id be keen. My use of Procreate is very utility and I only use it to pencil draw designs and using the ink pen to create outlines...
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    Question: Most quotes have a shelf life of about 6 weeks to...

    Most quotes have a shelf life of about 6 weeks to 3 months depending on the nature of the work. After that things change as they have in your circumstances. Eg: material costs rising and labour costs...
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    Question: Stick with what you've got. Yo will learn a lot...

    Stick with what you've got. Yo will learn a lot from the experience. There is no "ideal" metal to engrave. They all have their different characteristics and not all metal cuts cleanly.......so you...
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    Yes.........the trick is to cut them down to...

    Yes.........the trick is to cut them down to about half way or slightly longer. They are to long straight out of the packet and hard to manage.

    The other trick is to have them with the hook facing...
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    Yes, I have tried these clones and they are...

    Yes, I have tried these clones and they are complete rubbish. They are good for nothing and I'm being kind.

    The reality is that the GRS machines are cheap. Taken over a lifetime of use and the...
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    Yes.....the humble pencil and paper stops a lot...

    Yes.....the humble pencil and paper stops a lot of people dead in their tracks. It is the cheapest and hardest tool of them all to master.

    Cutting is a mechanical exercise of technique and can be...
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    Having seen and tried a lot of knock-off’s it’s...

    Having seen and tried a lot of knock-off’s it’s fair to say that they are junk. It’s also fair to say that there are a lot of supposedly high end expensive tools out there that are just as bad.
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    Fabulous work!!! Looks great!! You've got the bug...

    Fabulous work!!! Looks great!! You've got the bug alright :)

    But is it marketable?............you won't know till you try. That means doing a few of them and getting them printed and displaying...
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    Question: My advise is to not worry about it. The vise...

    My advise is to not worry about it. The vise accessories you are looking at are all but a waste of time and money..................There are other vise holding accessories that are much more...
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    Fabulous work, Lee As always Cheers Andrew

    Fabulous work, Lee

    As always

    Cheers
    Andrew
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    Question: Hi Roger It's an interesting topic alright. ...

    Hi Roger

    It's an interesting topic alright.

    Naturally for jewellery work where as much sparkle and bling is needed in the cut, then high polishing the graver is desirable.

    With cutting on...
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    Question: Yes, I used the ceramic with diamond spray with...

    Yes, I used the ceramic with diamond spray with good results as well...........Try the ceramic with the powder and you will get even better results.

    When cutting into gold rings you will notice a...
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