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Juried Shows - Putting Your Best Foot Forward - By Andy Cooperman

There is nothing that will block the path towards acceptance in a juried situation more quickly than a poor quality or unintelligible image-- be it digital or film. The goal is to convey as much information about the piece pictured as possible without ambiguity or confusion. Relying on the jurors...

Tags: | Business & Marketing | Jewelry Photography |

Jade - Jadeite and Nephrite - By Sondra Francis

Jade is a confusing term since it is used to refer to two different gem materials. The two jades, jadeite and nephrite, can be somewhat similar in appearance, so the confusion persists. Jadeite was first imported into China in 1784 from Burma. Up to this time the jade used in China was nephrite...

Tags: | Handbook for the Gem Buyer | Gemstones Information |

Making a pair of prong notching pliers - By Charles Lewton-Brain

These pliers notch round prongs easily to a given depth and replace a bur for the job. They are made to suit a specific size prong and one makes similar pliers for different prong shapes, but all based on this idea. One obtains a pair of chain nose pliers either new or from a flea market and...

Tags: | Small Tools | Customize Your Tools |

Inlay Work - By Prof. Dr. Erhard Brepohl

There are many techniques in which contrasting metals are placed side by side. Those that can properly be called inlay require a mechanical attachment to secure a soft material into a harder one....

Tags: | Inlay |

Tips For Soldering and Annealing Palladium - By Chris Ploof

If you´re just starting to work with palladium or interested in taking the leap, you should know a few critical details about its working characteristics. Palladium isn´t difficult to work with; it´s just different. Combining some gold habits with some platinum habits is the key to...

Tags: | Bench Tips & Tricks | Palladium Fabrication |

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