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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

Studio Visit: Nanopod Hybrid Studio - By Barbara Isherwood

At Nanopod Hybrid Studio in Toronto, owner and chief alchemist Tosca Terran forms metal and glass into elegant adornments of otherworldly beauty. Under her leadership students learn to manipulate materials, and follow her path in the creation of decidedly unusual jewelry. Located in a storefront on...

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Making filigree Alternate Jig - By Leon Hornstein

Begin by making a box as described in the last chapter. Cut a piece of wood 1/8 to 3/16" of an inch thick, " wide and 1" longer than your box. Make ready by cutting off the heads of 40 pins. Procure some wide, double-face scotch tape. It is important the tape not be too....

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Sitting on a Nest: Ensuring a Piece Heats Evenly - By Alan Revere

One of the most difficult aspects of soldering is to heat the piece properly so that the solder will flow. For jobs involving small items, such as soldering the seam on a jump ring, this entails concentrated heating in a localized area, Most times, though, you must heat the entire piece of metal,...

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Bench Ergonomics - Sitting and Looking at the Bench - By Charles Lewton-Brain

In the Jewelers Bench Book, the MJSA/Ganoksin project published in spring 2008, there is an extensive look at what happens in the working space, where you sit and move as a goldsmith. Two of the areas addressed including sitting and looking at objects....

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CAD/CAM 101 - Choosing a Desktop Mill - By Will Curtis

CAD/CAM technology is one of the biggest advances in the history of jewelry making. But how can we use this technology to maximize profits? After learning to design using 2-D or 3-D CAD software, its a matter of selecting the right production tools for your jewelry, and both desktop mills...

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