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Jewellery => Metal and wire => Topic started by: helenfc on July 02, 2010, 07:27:34 AM



Title: 925 punches
Post by: helenfc on July 02, 2010, 07:27:34 AM
Hello, I have a ring (under 7.78g) and I forsee doing a few more similar, and I would like to punch a '925' onto it. I'm aware this isnt a real hallmark etc, but since it is under legal weight anyway, I'm happy to just buy a 925 punch from cooksons for myself. But, question is for rings, which one do I need? There are 4 options, straight sunk punch, swan necklet sunk punch, straight cut in punch and swan necklet cut in punch. The one I need has to be suitable for rings. thanks :)


Title: Re: 925 punches
Post by: ScarletLeonard on July 02, 2010, 08:03:29 AM
I know you need a swan neck punch though it would take a little more knowledge to say which one is best.

Scarlet xx


Title: Re: 925 punches
Post by: helenfc on July 02, 2010, 08:08:12 AM
ok, I think its a sunk one but just needed reassurance :) is the general rule swan neck ones for rings? thanks scarlet  ;)


Title: Re: 925 punches
Post by: mizgeorge on July 02, 2010, 08:43:59 AM
always a swan neck for rings, so you can strike without the shank getting in the way.

I tend to stamp before I fabricate whenever possible - means you can use a straight punch (which is much easier to support accurately).


Title: Re: 925 punches
Post by: helenfc on July 02, 2010, 08:46:17 AM
thanks george. so technically, if I left this ring unstamped, I could stamp the wire with a straight punch before soldering etc if I wanted to make another one? cheers  :)
ps. is it the sunk or cut-in one I need?


Title: Re: 925 punches
Post by: mizgeorge on July 02, 2010, 10:41:28 AM
Yes to both!

You do want sunk, but I have to say, for own use, I wouldn't necessarily pay Cookson prices. I get my diy punches here:

http://www.t4j.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=44&zenid=d0f01f4a7e16e6e5c080c5ccd39f838a


Title: Re: 925 punches
Post by: helenfc on July 03, 2010, 08:45:07 AM
george you just saved me 20!! thank you lovely   :-* :-* :-*