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Hello! My name is Jonathon Zalakos and I am an independent maker of many different media. I do harbour a soft spot for goldsmithing though

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  • JonathonZ's entry Cuban-Style Chain is a winner in the Metalworking Contest contest 6 days ago
  • JonathonZ's entry Cuban-Style Chain is a finalist in the Metalworking Contest contest 10 days ago
  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Cuban-Style Chain18 days ago
    Cuban-Style Chain

    You can get smaller polishing buffs for hand held tools like dremels and the like. Alternatively you can use hand tools like sanding and polishing sponges. I bought my brass from a jewellery metal supplier, AE Metals in Australia.

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  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Cuban-Style Chain4 weeks ago
    Cuban-Style Chain

    I don't use a tumbler for a chain this big. For polishing I use a polishing lathe

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  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Red Copper Ring2 months ago
    Red Copper Ring

    That ring looks great! Definately share a photo once you try out the project, I'm eager to see it

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  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Cuban-Style Chain2 months ago
    Cuban-Style Chain

    Good question! Here's the math (I'm using millimeters here): if the diameter of the wire is 4.11mm then the diameter of each link of chain is 16.44 (4.11*4, so that each link fits two links inside of it). Now we divide the desired length of the chain by this, (196.85/16.44) and we get 12 links. multiply this by 2 because we have to count the material in the joining links and we get 24 links.The circumference of each link is 55.73 (pi*16.44+4.11). Multiply the amount of links by the circumference of each link (24*55.73) and we get ~1329.72mm of wire.So to put it back in imperial units, you'll need 4 1/3 feet of 6ga wire to make the bracelet. Though I'd add an extra foot of material to be safe and allow for tolerencesHope that makes sense and that it helps!

    Nope, I don't recommend using lead solder for jewellery. Not only is it weaker, but it is also poisonous. I used silver solder

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  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Cuban-Style Chain2 months ago
    Cuban-Style Chain

    Thank you so much! You have two options for the silver colour, nickel silver or a silver alloy. Nickel silver has that white colour but is a type of brass. If you go with a silver alloy, you could use sterling or fine, both would work here :)

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  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Cuban-Style Chain2 months ago
    Cuban-Style Chain

    Haha it's a life style, for sure. Thank you so much!

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  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Cuban-Style Chain2 months ago
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    Haha it's easier than it looks, thank you

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  • JonathonZ entered Cuban-Style Chain in the Metalworking Contest contest 2 months ago
  • JonathonZ's entry Simple Signet Ring is a winner in the Jewelry Contest 2017 contest 1 year ago
  • JonathonZ's entry Simple Signet Ring is a finalist in the Jewelry Contest 2017 contest 1 year ago
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  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Simple Signet Ring1 year ago
    Simple Signet Ring

    Hello! Your problem here is two fold. Copper is a particularly soft metal, and rings are notorious for being subject to damaging conditions for extended periods of time. There isn't a perfect way to protect copper rings but lacquers come close. They have to be re-applied every few months. I'm experimenting with transparent powder coating with promising results, but nothing concrete yet. Good luck!

    Haha, I can relate! Thanks for the compliments :)

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  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Simple Signet Ring1 year ago
    Simple Signet Ring

    I'd love to see your results when you give this project a go! If it helps, here is a video on bezel setting cabochons (applicable to other stones as well) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkjyPhoJz6U Good luck and have fun :)

    I absolutely have! There are actually many different possibilities for the top of the signet ring, I could make a nice album of options

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  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Simple Signet Ring1 year ago
    Simple Signet Ring

    I've been meaning to experiment with plating myself, that's a great link - thanks for sharing! I wouldn't have guessed it was so simple and cheap.

    Give it a go! I'd love to see what you could do with your attention to detail in the finish

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  • JonathonZ entered Simple Signet Ring in the Jewelry Contest 2017 contest 1 year ago
  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Red Copper Ring1 year ago
    Red Copper Ring

    You should avoid using tin/lead solder because it is much softer and more prone to breaking. Also the lead in the solder is a bad idea for prolonged contact with skin so is not a good solution for jewellery.

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  • JonathonZ commented on JonathonZ's instructable Red Copper Ring2 years ago
    Red Copper Ring

    Hello! It's great to hear you're giving this project a go. When you say it breaks, are you referring to the solder joint itself splitting and separating the three sheets? Or does the copper itself crack when it is bent?If it is the first issue, I recommend adding more solder, and ensuring it is completely melted over the entire surface of the copper. When heating it, make the entire piece really really hot to ensure there are no gaps that haven't melted.If it is the second issue, you should try annealing the copper as you bend it, so bend it a bit, heat it up to a dull red, quench it and repeat until it the two ends meet.You shouldn't need to press the sheets together, but you have to make sure the solder is melted over the entire piece at the same time so the sheets can come together o...

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    Hello! It's great to hear you're giving this project a go. When you say it breaks, are you referring to the solder joint itself splitting and separating the three sheets? Or does the copper itself crack when it is bent?If it is the first issue, I recommend adding more solder, and ensuring it is completely melted over the entire surface of the copper. When heating it, make the entire piece really really hot to ensure there are no gaps that haven't melted.If it is the second issue, you should try annealing the copper as you bend it, so bend it a bit, heat it up to a dull red, quench it and repeat until it the two ends meet.You shouldn't need to press the sheets together, but you have to make sure the solder is melted over the entire piece at the same time so the sheets can come together on their own and not be held back by a solid piece of solder on the opposite side of the shank.Sorry that I wrote so much but I hope this helps, and if I misunderstood your question, please clarify your problems (maybe include pictures), and I will do my best to help you fix them. Thank you!

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