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Installing New Tapered Bezels Using Tack-Welding Technology - By Mark B. Mann

This ring is in for repair and reconstruction. When it was originally made, 6-prong settings were used to mount the customers diamonds. All prong tops are severely worn and one prong has broken. The customer has requested bezel settings, so the prong settings were removed from the ring. The ring was...

Tags: | Fusing & Welding |

Thomas Mann - The Business of Reinvention - By Patricia Harris

Not so many years ago Thomas Mann figured that 2002 would be his year to retire. But the projected date has come and gone, and Mann is busier than ever with reinvention instead of retirement. The publication in 2001 of the monograph Thomas Mann: Metal Artist may have summarized his career as a...

Tags: | Behind The Design | Features |

Manufacturing a Sterling Silver with Platinum Bracelet - By Mark B. Mann

To demonstrate how pulse-arc welding performs on sterling silver, this bracelet was cast, finished and assembled without the use of a torch. The six links immediately adjacent to the clasp on the bracelet are made with a common sterling silver alloy and the other five are made using the new sterling...

Tags: | Platinum Fabrication | Fusing & Welding |

Saving Money on Common Repairs - By Susan Eisen

Every penny mattered-and that was in the 1980s when gold was $300 an ounce. These days, when $1,100 is the new norm. Never before has the notion of careful gold consumption been more important to me and my business. I made it a point to become more aware of what was being used in the shop, and I...

Tags: | Business & Marketing |

Where Fold-Forming Came from? - By Charles Lewton-Brain

In 1979 and 80 I went to study at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Pforzheim West Germany at the suggestion of my teacher Christian Gaudernak, who had studied there in the early 80's. Mistakenly believing that everyone spoke English I went to the school and was told to come back when I spoke...

Tags: | Fold Forming |

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