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The Final Cut - Cutting jump rings after winding - By Charles Lewton-Brain

Once you've wound jump rings around a mandrel, what's the best way to cut them apart? Some craftspeople use hand-held side cutters, but there is one problem with this method - it cuts only one side of the wire flush. Therefore, you have to cut the ring twice, which results in a small amount of waste...

Tags: | Bench Tips & Tricks | Wire Working |

Alloying 22KT Gold for Granulation - By Ronda Coryell

An alloy is by definition a mixture of two or more metals to create different strengths and colors. For granulation, the following formula is preferred. It is important to start with pure metals. Even trace amounts of impurities can result in flaws in the metal....

Tags: | Granulation | Metals |

Manufacturing a White Gold and Turquoise Cameo Granulated Pendant - By Mark B. Mann

This article covers techniques for making this custom designed 14-karat white and 22-karat yellow gold granulated pendant for a customers turquoise cameo purchased while traveling overseas. The cameo will be set in a wire loop bezel and the 22-karat yellow gold granulation will be completed after...

Tags: | Fusing & Welding |

A Second Look at Tiger's Eye - By Anne Sasso

For the past 125 years, textbooks and museum displays have relied on the beauty of tiger's eye to add interest to an often dry description of pseudomorphism, a term that simply means the replacement of one mineral by another while preserving the form of the original mineral. Mineralogists once...

Tags: | Gemstones Information |

Book Review - Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft - By Alan Revere

A welcome addition to the literature now coming out for bench jewelers, Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft by Karen Christians is an informative compilation of material for anyone who takes tools seriously. Everyone with a flex-shaft understands what a valuable tool this is. Here is a chance to...

Tags: | Book reviews |

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