When searching for subcontractors, you can learn a lot from your friends in the jewelry industry. Many designers and jewelers rely on peer referrals to find the right person for the job. And once they´ve entered into an agreement with a contract service provider, they learn tips for keeping that relationship on track from the stories their friends tell about their subcontracting successes and failures. In this article, you´ll read about the experiences of jewelers just like you who have met their business goals with the help of subcontractors. The lessons they´ve learned will show you what to expect when working with subcontractors, and ultimately help you to forge better working relationships with them.... (2012) Complete Story
One of the more difficult challenges Chihiro Makio of 314 Studio in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, faced when creating her Orange Necklace was getting the citrus-themed elements to sit properly on the wearers neck. The piece comprises roughly 30 three-dimensional elements, some shaped like oranges and others like leaves, and deciding how to best get them to sit in harmony with one another took some doing.... (2005) Complete Story
They say inspiration strikes when you least expect it. For designer Genevieve Yang of Santa Rosa, California, the inspiration for a new phase of her career all started in the cold, dark wilderness of Wyoming. An outdoor enthusiast, Yang participated in a month-long winter wilderness expedition with the National Outdoor Leadership School. She admits that it was the most challenging outdoor adventure she´s ever experienced, noting that it involved snow camping, cross-country skiing, and building her own shelter. And that was just during the daytime....
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Myth: Singeing buffs to prep them is faster and more effective than raking them.
There are as many people in favor of raking as a buff preparation method as those who prefer singeing. So armed with two brand new, six-inch stitched muslin buffs and a stopwatch, I set out to discover which buff preparation method was faster and more effective..... (2010) Complete Story
About 15 years ago a friend showed me a copy of the first edition of Mark Grimwade´s Introduction to Precious Metals, and I immediately knew I wanted my own copy. Since the book was already out of print and I could not find one, I begged my friend to allow me to photocopy his. A few years later, I met Grimwade for the first time at the Santa Fe Symposium, and one of the first questions I asked him was when he was going to have his book reprinted. Over the next 10 years, I continued to ask him about it every time I saw him. Though I am sure that I was not the only person to hound him about this, I believe we all owe a debt to his wife, Pamela. In the preface to the book, Grimwade dedicates it to her: "It was she who sat me down one evening and told me in no uncertain terms that I had to get on with it." Thanks in part to Pamela, the book is finally again available in a greatly expanded version. Core Understanding.... (2012) Complete Story