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Fold-Forming: Making a Basic T-fold - By Charles Lewton-Brain

This article describes the steps to making a basic T-fold, one of the main categories of fold-forming. Numerous variations are possible from this simple starting place....

Tags: | Fold Forming |

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...

Tags: | Handbook for the Gem Buyer |

The Work of Jay Song - By Tacey Rosolowski

"I'm not a secretive person," Song observes, 'but my work tells me I have many layers. I have a secret room in my heart telling me to do this kind of work.' Each ring has a outwardly expressive force, yet Song expands the commemorative function of rings to honor the inner complexity we all carry....

Tags: | Behind The Design |

Notes about Buffing and Polishing Materials - By John Fisher

Almost any metal or hard plastic item can be buffed to a high polish or a satin sheen with the correct buffing wheel and the proper polishing compound. This includes copper pots, doorknobs, golf clubs and switch plates, to name a few common items. The molecular composition of different metals is as...

Tags: | Polishing | Shop Machines |

Aquamarine: a cyclosilicate - By Edna B. Anthony

The region of pegmatite dikes in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil has been the primary source of gem beryl and several other species of colored gemstones for many years. Rivers have cut places through the dikes and alluvial deposits, called 'cascalho', which are....

Tags: | Gemstones Information |

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