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Forging Successful Relationships with Contract Service Providers - By Shannon L. Brown

When searching for subcontractors, you can learn a lot from your friends in the jewelry industry. Many designers and jewelers rely on peer referrals to find the right person for the job. And once they´ve entered into an agreement with a contract service provider, they learn tips for keeping...

Tags: | Jewelry Mass Production |

What is New? - Observations on Innovation - By Tim McCreight

Like many other metalsmiths, I am a time traveler. I am writing this on a computer, skipping over to the Internet to search the web as I go, while across the studio I have an anvil and hammers that havent changed in the last 500 years. In the course of the day, I toggle between poles that are...

Tags: | Features |

Modifying Cross-Lock Tweezers - By John Bowling

Often when soldering, it is necessary to use cross-lock tweezers to hold or steady the piece(s) being soldered. The pressure exerted by the arms of the tweezers can often by strong enough to deform the metal being soldered. The modification proposed below, allows the jeweller to control the pressure...

Tags: | Customize Your Tools |

Andrew Costen Returns to His Toots in The Renaissance Ring - By John Shanahan

Known for his contemporary designs, Andrew Costen of Costen Catbalue in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, enjoys occasionally returning to his roots to create what he calls a Renaissance ring, this one in 18k white and yellow gold and set with an aquamarine, sapphires, and diamonds. ...

Tags: | Behind The Design |

The Art of Tool Making - By Steven O. Smith

There are two properties which distinguish a good tool from a bad one. The tool must have the correct shape for the work which it is to do, and the tool must be hard enough to last a long time. This class will teach you to make tools hard enough to last without being so hard that they are too...

Tags: | Homemade Tools |

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