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Step By Step Tutorial: Forged Leaf Brooch - By Leslee Frumin

Use basic metalsmithing skills to create a brooch inspired by forms found in nature. Since the earliest civilizations, the leaf shape has been an inspiration for jewelry. With this 4 1/2 x 13/4-in. (11.4 x 4.4cm) brooch, you can evoke the beauty of fall foliage or the first leaves of spring....

Tags: | Fabrication | Step-by-Step Projects |

Shine On - Jewelers are beaming about bristle discs - By Suzanne Wade

how one of 3M's radial bristle discs to a non-jeweler friend, and you are almost guaranteed to get a lukewarm response: 'This is what you're so excited about?' But to the jewelers who have eagerly adopted them, these simple circular brushes are 'the greatest thing since flexi-straws...

Tags: | Small Tools | Bench Tips & Tricks |

[Book Review] Delightful Beaded Earring Designs - By Charles Lewton-Brain

This small paperback book is written and illustrated by Jan Radford. At 8.95 it is an affordable introduction to ´Indian´ style beaded earrings made with small glass beads. It has a somewhat dry, thin feel to it, but for someone interested in a straightforward text on the subject it...

Tags: | Book reviews |

Chain reaction - Tips on repairing broken chains - By Bradney W. Simon

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....

Tags: | Repairs | Chain Making |

Pressing Matters, Hydraulic Die Press - By Tina Wojtkielo

Pressing Matters by Tina Wojtkielo Snyder This month, we asked Lisa Krikawa of Tucson: If you were stranded on an island (that just happened to have a bench in the middle and some metal hanging around), what tool would you want to have that allows you to do things you can´t do with any other...

Tags: | Shop Machines |

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