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Post  davsgold on Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:13 pm

My first attempt at making a piece of jewellery, this nice pendant shaped nugget weighing 3.6grams was detected during this years WA trip.

I have had all the tools and gear for a couple of years now and decided to give it a go.


The end result turned out Ok, anyhow Veronica is very happy with it


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Post  granite2 on Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:21 pm

An great job, Dave, especially for a first effort. Well done you have certainly added value to your gold

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Post  Dig24crt on Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:49 pm

Nicely done Dave
There was a couple in Leonora years ago that made Golden Ants.They fashioned the body and head from one piece of plated copper wire in the shape of a figure 8 the ends becoming the antennas. They would then glue 2 subgrammers in place with epoxy to make up the head and body.From memory three pieces of wire were used to make the legs and feet (not sure wether these were wound or epoxyed to it)They would then epoxy it to a nice piece of quartz and put it in a gift box.I thought at the time what a brillant way to add value to our undervalued gold.Perhaps one of our members has one or a picture of one.
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Post  davsgold on Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:47 pm

granite2 wrote:An great job, Dave, especially for a first effort. Well done you have certainly added value to your gold

cheers, jim

Thanks Jim, yes that Jewellery making CD I bought from you quite a few years ago helped, I replayed it just before trying this attempt, and I have watched it a few times over the years thinking yes I will do that one day, well today was the day. T06

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Post  davsgold on Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:51 pm

Dig24crt wrote:Nicely done Dave
There was a couple in Leonora years ago that made Golden Ants.They fashioned the body and head from one piece of plated copper wire in the  shape of a figure 8 the ends becoming the antennas. They would then glue 2 subgrammers in place with epoxy to make up the head and body.From memory three pieces of wire were used to make the legs and feet (not sure wether these were wound or epoxyed to it)They would then epoxy it to a nice piece of quartz and put it in a gift box.I thought at the time what a brillant way to add value to our undervalued gold.Perhaps one of our members has one or a picture of one.
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Thanks Dig, and yes I know the couple that make the golden ants, and they still do, they are very well done, I never bought one just admired there craftmanship, and I never took a picture either, maybe someone else has?

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Jewellery Making......

Post  sandy2010 on Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:11 pm

davsgold wrote:My first attempt at making a piece of jewellery, this nice pendant shaped nugget weighing 3.6grams was detected during this years WA trip.

I have had all the tools and gear for a couple of years now and decided to give it a go.


The end result turned out Ok, anyhow Veronica is very happy with it


cheers dave

************* Just a suggestion Cobber: Put a sawcut down through the centre of the "bale", then gently prise the two halves apart (in this case between 1 & 2 mm.........This will give security ( the bales wear out sliding along the chain......so having 2 gives one as a backup.......very important with larger nuggets or sentimental nuggets !
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Post  Gold Miner on Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:45 pm

Thats a good tip Sandy. I was forever 'thickening up' the bale on my 5 grammer. What I've done now is used some very fine fishing line and tied the nugget in place on the chain so it cant move and wear!
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Post  sandy2010 on Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:53 pm

Gold Miner wrote:Thats a good tip Sandy. I was forever 'thickening up' the bale on my 5 grammer. What I've done now is used some very fine fishing line and tied the nugget in place on the chain so it cant move and wear!


******Hi GM.....The problem there is that the nugget can work it's way to "off-centre" and looks a bit odd.

Be lucky.

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Post  Coiltek Manufacturing on Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:30 pm

Well done Dave - i have a few nuggets i would like to get done... was it easy to do as I thought of doing it myself but then maybe not  Shocked

I have a golden ant from a while ago! I think it is from the same place - they also made golden Redback Spiders
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Post  davsgold on Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:01 pm

Coiltek Manufacturing wrote:Well done Dave - i have a few nuggets i would like to get done... was it easy to do as I thought of doing it myself but then maybe not  Shocked

I have a golden ant from a while ago! I think it is from the same place - they also made golden Redback Spiders

G'day Coiltek Manufacturing

Yes it's easier than I expected, I have got Jim Fosters CD on making Jewellery, and it is a very good guide and like everything he makes it look easy. Very Happy

You will need all the bits and pieces, like flux and gold solder and the various tools and one of those Butane torches some Goddards gold polish and a little polishing goats hair dremil tool to shine it up at the end.  And a steady hand.   Laughing

A jeweler charges quite a bit to fix a bail to a nugget, so if you can do them yourself you not only save a few buck but get the satisfaction of doing it for yourself, which is what I like about making stuff.

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ps: yes they look like the same gold ants that the couple I know make and sell.
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Post  Jen on Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:32 pm

Awesome job there Dave..

I love that golden ANT!! bounce

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Post  akko on Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:56 pm

When i was in Cue last year they had the bull ants and spiders for sale in the C/pk office, bought a bull ant for the better half.

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Post  Ash100456 on Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:58 am

Good job there Davsgold, Was great to meet up with you two out bush last month !

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Post  Nightjar on Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:57 am

Dave, You have inspired me to have a go. Have Jim's instruction DVD here. (When I can find it.)

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Post  davsgold on Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:12 pm

Jen wrote:Awesome job there Dave..

I love that golden ANT!! bounce

Thanks Jen and yes those ants look good, plus those folks make quite a few other interesting objects as well.

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Post  davsgold on Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:14 pm

Ash100456 wrote:Good job there Davsgold, Was great to meet up with you two out bush last month !

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Thanks Ashley, and yep it was good to meet you and have a good chat out in the bush.

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Post  davsgold on Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:16 pm

Nightjar wrote:Dave, You have inspired me to have a go. Have Jim's instruction DVD here. (When I can find it.)

Cheers

G'day Nightjar, glad you have been inspired to have a go, it seems a bit daunting but when you have got everything and actually have a go it's not to bad. Very Happy

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Post  granite2 on Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:30 pm

Hello, my Nugget Jewellery Made Easy book and DVD can be found on Ebay at the moment if anyone is interested.

Or pm me.

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