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[263] In a New Light - Faster, more efficient laser welders
Since their introduction to the jewelry industry, laser welders have been lauded for their speed, accuracy, and convenience of use. Retail stores and job shops have made sizable investments in these machines, which are guaranteed to simplify day-to-day repairs such as fixing damage next to stones and cleaning up porosity in castings. But it has only been in the last few years that the technology has started to turn up in higher volume production settings. Now, however, as laser welders become faster, more user-friendly, and suitable for a wider range of jewelry applications, they are finding new homes as standard equipment on the manufacturing shop floor.... (2003)
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Show me more articles from: [AJM]|[John Shanahan]
Releated Categories:[Jewelry Mass Production]|[Shop Machines]|[Fusing & Welding]
ISBN: B00006K39S


[603] Innovative Approaches to Small Shop Success
When most of us talk about innovation, we are talking about new tools and techniques. But innovation is not exclusively about technology. It is about the way technology is used. A look behind the scenes in many small shops proves that new technology is often a response to innovative impulses, rather than a source of them. The result of such questioning may be new tools, merchandise, or techniques. In almost all cases, though, being innovative for these small companies means changing the way they do business to be more efficient, creative, and productive.... (2005)
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Show me more articles from: [AJM]|[Suzanne Wade]
Releated Categories:[Business & Marketing]
ISBN: B00006K39S


[975] Is Raking or Singeing Better Buff Prep?
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.... (2009)
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Show me more articles from: [AJM]|[Ann Cahoon]
Releated Categories:[Polishing]|[Beginner's Corner]|[Bench Tips & Tricks]
ISBN: B00006K39S


[661] Ivy Solomon - Marrying Metal Clay and Resin
Ivy Solomon combining resin, metal clay, and traditional fabrication techniques, her award-winning pendants are structured around textures and colors in ways that frequently depart from traditional jewelry designs. "When you use stones, you have to design to enhance the stone. The piece is all about the stone," says Solomon. "With metal clay, it its more about texture, because that iss what metal clay does the best".... (2005)
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Show me more articles from: [AJM]|[Suzanne Wade]
Releated Categories:[Behind The Design]
ISBN: B00006K39S


[809] Jeweler Experiences in Designing Tools
As you may have guessed, I highly recommend taking out frustrations at the bench on your tools. If you are a jeweler struggling with a process, stop and re-evaluate your tools and procedures. A few swift strokes of a file or a couple of minutes at the grinding wheel can make the tool youve been struggling with much more effective. Take the process of evaluating your jewelry designs a step further by evaluating your tools and processes, as well. Tool design may not become a business for you, but it can help your business be more enjoyable and profitable.... (2006)
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Show me more articles from: [AJM]|[Kate Wolf]
Releated Categories:[Tools]
ISBN: B00006K39S


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