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    Question: Most would use fine silver or possibly platinum...

    Most would use fine silver or possibly platinum for white inlay.
    White gold us quite stiff and might work OK for straight lines but it's not too bendy or workable to press into the inlay areas.
    If...
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    Make sure your air hose is connected to the...

    Make sure your air hose is connected to the handpiece. Sometimes it slips out.
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    I think it looks pretty good too.
    Don't know if you have Sam A's scroll drawing DVD,
    but one "rule" is to have a little "thumb" at the knob where the scroll ends.
    (you almost did it on the...
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    Critique Request: If something is bothering you about your design,...

    If something is bothering you about your design, that feeling is correct. Fix the design in pencil before you start engraving!
    If you have to draw it 10 times it will be less time consuming and...
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    Help, please: I had some trouble when printing directly from...

    I had some trouble when printing directly from the photo/paint software,
    so I copied the artwork and pasted it into a microsoft "word" file and printed that.
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    Question: In re-reading your post I see noone has answered...

    In re-reading your post I see noone has answered your question.
    Yes you can use easy solder. I use a boric acid and alcohol flux for gold.
    It creates a very thin film which is easy to remove...
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    Question: Also an old trick is to use garlic as a "resist"...

    Also an old trick is to use garlic as a "resist" (or anti-flux) to keep solder from flowing where you don't want it.
    Slice a clove and rub the juice on before soldering. "White-Out" error...
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    Question: Use Sam's "transfer wax" to give the part a light...

    Use Sam's "transfer wax" to give the part a light coating of wax, then lay tape over the part to pick up the wax and give you the outline.
    You could possibly use graphite or chalk to "dust" the...
  9. Dover Books has quite a few copyright-free books...

    Dover Books has quite a few copyright-free books that come with a CD of various styles, not only of fonts but other ornamental elements as well.
    I have one of Art Nouveau letters, ornamental...
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    I am actually crying. Hilarious comments!

    I am actually crying.
    Hilarious comments!
  11. The spontaneity of which you speak is an...

    The spontaneity of which you speak is an illusion.
    All of those effortlessly free-flowing, graceful designs we drool over are actually very carefully laid out in advance, following a set of rules....
  12. Draw everything you plan to engrave - don't just...

    Draw everything you plan to engrave - don't just draw the basics and then fill in "off the cuff" while you're cutting. Also, as a basic design rule, draw your "backbone" scrolls so they actually...
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    Question: I would not advise "scrap iron" as a learning...

    I would not advise "scrap iron" as a learning material.
    There are many different kinds which are all different and unpredictable unless
    you know the type of iron or steel you are attempting to...
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    Beetle coin with hinged wings & skulls

    https://imgur.com/gallery/CZ59q
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    Question: If the metal is very soft like pewter or lead...

    If the metal is very soft like pewter or lead your graver is probably just going too deep.
    You probably need a feather touch to keep it from going too deep.
    Better yet stop wasting your time and...
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    i agree some sort of "cold join" like rivets or...

    i agree some sort of "cold join" like rivets or tabs are your only option.
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    Question: Don't buy it. For that magnification an optivisor...

    Don't buy it. For that magnification an optivisor will work much better,
  18. Thread: Pricing

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    Question: Its not a strange thing that nobody wants to talk...

    Its not a strange thing that nobody wants to talk about prices - It's different for everyone. Are you the best guy in the county or region? A new guy trying to break into the business? Are jewelers...
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    I think a nice idea would be to do a black...

    I think a nice idea would be to do a black pinstripe around the logo, then just keep adding pinstripes in a radiating pattern.
    Not a lot of layout or transferring and would draw attention to the cat.
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    Critique Request: I also agree with the less-is-more critique. Pay...

    I also agree with the less-is-more critique.
    Pay attention to how you finish the "knobs" at the ends of your scrolls -
    In his video Sam calls them "thumbs", and everybody needs one. It's just a...
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