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[1077] Back To Basics - Sawing
The jewelers saw is one of the most widely used tools at the jewelers bench. In the hands of a skilled craftsman, a saw can produce the most intricate patterns or accurate straight lines. It is also used as a file in small areas inaccessible by other tools. It is important for a bench jeweler to master the skill of sawing to perform quality workmanship. This skill is not difficult. However, to achieve precision practice of correct mechanics is required.... (2001)
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[250] Bead Stone Setting - Bead It!
Bench Jewelers often use different methods to accomplish the same work. I believe the end results are what is important, not the method used to get there. In jewelry work the ends often justifies the means. This is not more evident than in bead setting. I know jewelers who cut the seat with round, bud, cone, setting, heart, or bearing burs. Then they cut the excess metal away with flat, knife, or onglette gravers, or they use heart, wheel, round, or knife edge burs. Some even use needle files or saw blades.... (2003)
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[911] Beading Tool Tips
Like most bench jewelers I do a lot of bead setting and like most bench jewelers I take pride in my work. When I bead set I want crisp and clean beads. Recently, I was setting one pointers into white gold skirts that would become a pair of earrings. I hadnt gotten very far when I noticed that the beads were getting raggedy and there was quite a bit of finning between the edges of the bead and the melee. I knew this meant that my beading tool was becoming dull. I would like to share with you a tool tip for sharpening a worn out beading tool.... (2009)
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[818] Bracelet Tongue Replacement
With the popularity of tennis bracelets over the last 20 years replacing broken tongues has become a common repair in the jewelry shop. Typically these are replaced by soldering a new tongue in place. However, using a torch to solder a tongue onto a bracelet creates two problems.... (2005)
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Releated Categories:[Fusing & Welding]|[Repairs]

 

[220] Chain reaction - Tips on repairing broken chains
The difficulty of chain repair lies in the fact that the chain is made up of fine wires. These wires heat up quickly when trying to melt the solder. Two problems develop. The first is if the wire link gets too hot, it will quickly melt as you are trying to solder.... (2003)
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