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Jewelry MakingThe Ganoksin project provides a variety of quality services for the gem and jewelry community. We work hard to maintain the high standards of our services for the benefit of our visitors. Our services are provided free of charge and to the benefit to all.

Ganoksin is dedicated to serve the information needs of the world's jewelers. It is our mission to educate, improve working conditions and facilitate sharing between goldsmiths globally. Ganoksin continues improving access to information for productivity, safety, skills and education of all jewelers, professionals and hobbyists.

Ganoksin maintains a substantial library of articles, publications, reports, and technical data on gem and jewelry related topics; many of which were authored by some of the most esteemed writers within their respective fields. In addition, this site contains a sizable collection of art and jewelry galleries, for both the casual visitor and the professional.

Ganoksin also provide members blogs and forums for the exchange of information and opinion; with contributors from all over the world speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences, covering a full range of topics of interest to the jeweler and the gemologist.
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The 2016 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition

The 2016 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition is calling for entries by midnight U.S. ET July 24, 2016.

Always global publicity. Prizes to 1st-2nd-3rd Places and Honorable Mention, with an Innovation Award available at jury discretion. Jurors' Choice selections also recognized. JURY: Charles Lewton-Brain, Foldforming Pioneer (Alberta, Canada), Dr. E. Aspler (Hanuman), Founder, The Ganoksin Project (Chiang Mai, Thailand), Merle White, Editor-in-Chief, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine (Pennsylvania, USA). DIRECTOR: Sue Lacy, Creative Strategist (Ohio, USA).

SPONSORS: Rio Grande, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Craftsy, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, The Ganoksin Project.

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Torch Fired Enamel DVD with Chris Hierholzer

Torch Fired Enamel DVD with Chris Hierholzer is now on sale through the Ganoksin Project for $19.95 (You Save: 43%)

This 24 minute instructional video is full of close-up photos of the torch firing process in real time. In addtion to showing the firing of the uncdercoat, counterenamel and top coat, Chris shows you his interesting technique of carving through an overlay of gold foil to "draw" a design.

He also includes several different options for the torch firing set-up. Viewing this will help beginners without kilns or anyone wanting to try an alternate way of firing enamels.

Chris Hierholzer has been involved in metals for 50 years, in foundries, welding shops, and jewelry. He is fascinated with the process and its constantly changing creative aspects. He started creating enamels during the 1980's and during that time he was part time assistant to William Harper.

Order your copy of Torch Fired Enamel DVD with Chris Hierholzer today!

Featured Articles

A Sneaky Goldsmith Trick to Detail-Finish Problem Areas - By Douglas W. Canivet

Every bench jeweler has experienced the frustration of trying to sand and polish a nearly inaccessible area on a piece of jewelry. The goldsmith who can detail these small corners and crevices can bring his or her work up to the level of fine jewelry. Anything that gives the work a cleaner, more...

Tags: | Bench Tips & Tricks | Polishing |

Man-made Gem Materials - By Sondra Francis

The first man-made gem materials dates back a few thousand years; early Romans made glass beads and gems. Since natural materials are also in short supply and often hard to mine, man will look for alternatives. Glass gem substitutes are still with us. Glass can be made in any color and it can take...

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[Book] Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa - By Matthieu Cheminée

In this beautiful and personal volume, readers are invited to visit the sparse market stalls, examine the heirloom tools and meet the craftsmen responsible for the living tradition of jewelry in West Africa. Legacy offers step-by-step investigations into many working processes as well as fascinating...

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Samuel Yellin - Sketching in Iron - By Anna Fariello

By the mid-nineteenth century, European ironwork was in decline due to innovations brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Cast iron was replacing the more time-consuming and skillfully made hammered iron, driving the decorative smith toward extinction. A French historian wrote that the last...

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Working With Niobium - A Primer in the Semiprecious - By Bill Seeley

Niobium has many properties that make it an excellent candidate for fabricated parts. Of particular interest to jewelry manufacturers and designers are niobium's hypoallergenic nature, formability, and the broad range of anodized colors that can be rendered on its surface. It is considered...

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