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dabbler
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I was looking in the bookstore for a new hobby and came across an interesting book about making metal jewelry using only cold techniques (no soldering iron or other heating devices). Looks to be a good starter book with positive reviews. In fact, I couldn't find any other books on cold techinques. Does anyone have experience with this type of jewelry making? Thoughts?

While it would probably be best to set up in the garage, I know that I'd be much less likely to use the materials in the garage than if they're in our finished basement. Would using these techniques be bad in a finished basement where we spend a lot of our time otherwise? There are several computers as well as washer/dryer in the room. The other convenient room is a guest bedroom and I'd think the metal filings would be more disruptive there.

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I do jewelry making with soldering, so I can't give you any advice about cold joining, but if you have questions about other things, like supplies and such, I could share my experience.

I'm getting married this Saturday though, so I'm not going to be around much the next couple of weeks.

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I've definitely been out of the loop.
*raises glass to MrSquicky*
All the best! Hope you chose a decent song for the first dance!

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I hope you have a lovely wedding! One of my recent inspirations to look into cold metal jewelry was a recent wedding I attended. The bride made metal bouquets for herself and the bridesmaids. Very pretty.
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One thing I can definitely tell you: if you're going to be doing metal work, you're going to want a dremel rotary tool. It's wonderful for cutting, burring, and polishing.
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I read through the book. It's a combination of sawing, drilling, and hammering. Looks most heavy on the metal sawing. Again, does anyone know if that's an issue to do indoors in a space with computers?
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I suspect metal grit in the air is probably not something that would make a computer happy. Especially if it made it into the fan.
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Metal grit tends to not stay in the air like sawdust does, probably because it's heavier.
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Even if it's very fine?
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Brings up the age old question:

What's heavier, a pound of lead or a pound of feathers? [Razz]

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