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Jewelry MakingThe Ganoksin project provides a variety of quality services for the gem and jewelry community. We work hard to maintain the high standards of our services for the benefit of our visitors. Our services are provided free of charge and to the benefit to all.

Ganoksin is dedicated to serve the information needs of the world's jewelers. It is our mission to educate, improve working conditions and facilitate sharing between goldsmiths globally. Ganoksin continues improving access to information for productivity, safety, skills and education of all jewelers, professionals and hobbyists.

Ganoksin maintains a substantial library of articles, publications, reports, and technical data on gem and jewelry related topics; many of which were authored by some of the most esteemed writers within their respective fields. In addition, this site contains a sizable collection of art and jewelry galleries, for both the casual visitor and the professional.

Ganoksin also provide members blogs and forums for the exchange of information and opinion; with contributors from all over the world speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences, covering a full range of topics of interest to the jeweler and the gemologist.
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The 2016 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition

The 2016 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition is calling for entries by midnight U.S. ET July 24, 2016.

Always global publicity. Prizes to 1st-2nd-3rd Places and Honorable Mention, with an Innovation Award available at jury discretion. Jurors' Choice selections also recognized. JURY: Charles Lewton-Brain, Foldforming Pioneer (Alberta, Canada), Dr. E. Aspler (Hanuman), Founder, The Ganoksin Project (Chiang Mai, Thailand), Merle White, Editor-in-Chief, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine (Pennsylvania, USA). DIRECTOR: Sue Lacy, Creative Strategist (Ohio, USA).

SPONSORS: Rio Grande, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Craftsy, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, The Ganoksin Project.

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Torch Fired Enamel DVD with Chris Hierholzer

Torch Fired Enamel DVD with Chris Hierholzer is now on sale through the Ganoksin Project for $19.95 (You Save: 43%)

This 24 minute instructional video is full of close-up photos of the torch firing process in real time. In addtion to showing the firing of the uncdercoat, counterenamel and top coat, Chris shows you his interesting technique of carving through an overlay of gold foil to "draw" a design.

He also includes several different options for the torch firing set-up. Viewing this will help beginners without kilns or anyone wanting to try an alternate way of firing enamels.

Chris Hierholzer has been involved in metals for 50 years, in foundries, welding shops, and jewelry. He is fascinated with the process and its constantly changing creative aspects. He started creating enamels during the 1980's and during that time he was part time assistant to William Harper.

Order your copy of Torch Fired Enamel DVD with Chris Hierholzer today!

Featured Articles

Patinas: Liver of Sulfur Use - By Charles Lewton-Brain

This is a mixture of potassium sulfides which has traditionally been used to darken or 'antique' silver and bronzes. This is usually called 'oxidizing' the surface though it has nothing to do with oxygen, what is really happening is that sulfur is reacting with the surface to produce the grays and...

Tags: | Patination |

New Territory: Etienne Perret Explores with ´ Gem Ceramic ´ - By Shannon L. Brown

It´s harder than steel, more durable than enamel, can be worn for years without scratching, and costs less than half the price of gold. It´s not science fiction; it´s the high-end ´gem ceramic´ jewelry made by Etienne Perret of Salon Etienne in Camden, Maine. The...

Tags: | Behind The Design |

The Impact of CAD/CAM on Traditional Jewellery Fabrication - By Joan Dalrymple

This paper looks at the impact computer technology, specifically CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture), has had on jewelry fabrication during the 20th century. This is a topic not covered in the existing course outline, one that is controversial within the industry and one that...

Tags: | CAD/CAM |

Tool Junkies - By Tina Wojtkielo

What you should be is excited to read this article and see what others just like you have to say about their favorite bench tools. So you have a passion for hardware - loving tools is not a crime!

Tags: | Tools |

Finishing and Setting a CAD/CAM Wedding Set - By Mark B. Mann

Computer aided design (CAD) was used to develop three designs in multiple views to show the customer. After the design was selected, the wax was milled and the ring was cast, pre-finished, set and polished. Foredom tools, equipment and accessories were used to make the process more efficient....

Tags: | Tools | Stone Setting | Polishing |

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