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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...
  5. 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!
  7. 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....
  8. 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,
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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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    Irritating scroll design

    This lampshade is at our remote cabin, so when the light is on at night, it's really the only thing one tends to look at.

    The design is so irritating I think I'll have to burn it.

    42121
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    Looks good! A horizon line would really help to...

    Looks good!
    A horizon line would really help to give a more natural effect. Not too late to add one (and a couple small trees way off in the distance??)
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    Help, please: paint.net and gimp are two free drawing/photo...

    paint.net and gimp are two free drawing/photo editing programs.
    Gimp is more complete but a bit harder to learn.

    In gimp you can filter out all the color to make it a gray-scale image,
    then...
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    This is pretty neat

    Cool engraving AND a cool mechanism.

    http://imgur.com/gallery/wZLHTlZ
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