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    Compressor recommendations

    Val air is your best bet for the noise. I have it for my apartment and does not disturb my wife in the other room and she works a call center job if that tells you anything. Thought I was going to have to stop engraving from the reaction I got from the California air, it’s loud.
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    Question: Buffalo nickel source

    I was gonna go buy a roll, I’ve got a local source at a coin shop, but didn’t know if there was a well known source on eBay for quality or the like.
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    Question: Buffalo nickel source

    Anybody got a good source for Buffalo nickels? Not trying to get the collectible or rare years just want to get my feet wet with carving
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    Knife Scales

    really appreciate the little details!! Was it a commission or your own thoughts? Is that a mask of sorrow he’s holding with the I assume violin? The curves on the scythe and hourglass are nice, most people’s scythes look anemic instead of deadly. Thanks for pushing the envelope and showing...
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    Leaf cypher pendant work in progress

    Can’t wait to see it shaded, take your time and enjoy
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    Metalsmithing course

    If you put a location in your profile it will help with things as a first. But you can’t go wrong with new approach with Blaine Lewis. Have heard nothing but good things, although I have not been.
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    Need A Better Microscope!!!

    Bought the flex arm first and then moved to the versa myself. (Moved from a Meiji emz to Leica a60 as well.) Pros for the flex arm are for mobility, but I am in an apartment and every shake of the floor can be seen through the lens. Current setup is the a60 with versa on a durston bench...
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    Question: Draw tongs

    Do you all use anything other than draw tongs for drawing wire? Dipping my toes with drawing gold wire to size and haven’t gotten the hang of it quite yet, curious what y’all’s favorite tool for the job was. Other question, does the “rows and teeth” method of overlay work for wire or am I...
  9. Matthew Evans

    Compass for scribing

    3” starrett dividers are the ticket, found at all major retailers. You can grind down the tips to a microscopic point and then burnish the ends to give it the right feel...
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    Critique Request Dainty flower

    If I start making money from selling sunflowers I’m blaming you.
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    Critique Request Dainty flower

    I tend to agree with you on the effects of the single point not lending itself to shading for this flower or even bulino alone doing it justice, so honesty works best for me = ). At this stage I am likely trying to recreate the flower petal shapes because those are what originally attracted me...
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    Critique Request Dainty flower

    The Semper Augustus tulip was a “broken” tulip that had frayed edges and scattered coloring unlike most tulips. At the time this was one of the most prized flowers and it was a virus that caused its difference and with that they are no longer in existence. All critiques are welcome, so I...
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    Critique Request Dainty flower

    Trying to find designs that would be easy to engrave in an hour or two for the entry level crowd. Flowers never go out of style but tell me what you think. Semper Augustus: a flower who’s petals were beautiful because of a virus.

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