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Brief Notes on Shakudo - By Charles Lewton-Brain

As with most Japanese metal coloring methods the techniques are metallurgically based rather than solution oriented; in the West we tend to use a myriad of coloring solutions and limited number of alloys; in Japan there are a limited number of coloring solutions and innumerable metal alloys which...

Tags: | Japanese Patinas |

Adding Color to Titanium with a Torch - By Holly Gage

Adding or changing the color on your sculpture Titanium can breathe new life or change the character of a piece. It is also lots of fun to see the color develop and change in front of your very eyes! The color on the surface of our titanium has a permanent oxide layer that can only be removed with...

Tags: | Metals |

Design Briefing - A Ticket to Successful Jewelry Collections - By Barbara Schmidt

In times of increased price competition and global producers, cooperation with designers is also an important factor for large jewelry companies in order to develop new collections in a rapid and targeted manner. Increasing numbers of companies are attempting to sharpen their profiles by drawing on...

Tags: | Jewelry Design | Business & Marketing |

Enameling Safety Issues - By Charles Lewton-Brain

Enameling involves the firing and melting of suitable glasses onto and into metals for decorative effects. It is done at fairly high temperatures, from 1200F (649C) to a high kiln temperature of 1700F (927C) or so.The primary dangers involve dusts, the particle size of the enamel used, the chemical...

Tags: | Workshop Safety | Enameling |

Pricing for a Changing Metals Market - By David L. Huffman

As you may have noticed (Id be astonished if you hadnt), prices for gold and silver, platinum too, are on the rise. First, a word of advice: Dont panic, it doesnt mean we are going to have to price ourselves out of our markets. Now if only we can convince the customers, who are also privey to the...

Tags: | Business & Marketing |

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