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Solder Flow Retardant Notes - By Charles Lewton-Brain

While goldsmiths normally strive to have their solder flow easily, there are times you don't want it to flow, such as spilling over a decorated surface, if it 'freezes' a mechanism, or if it threatens to open a gap in a seam soldered earlier in a construction. The best way of not melting earlier...

Tags: | Soldering |

PLIQUE-A-JOUR - Russian Soldering Method - By Sandelle/Sandra E. Bradshaw

There are a number of methods for plique a jour, a filigree technique that allows light to shine through the enamel, much like stained glass. With plique a jour, there is no backing for the vitreous enamel; instead a structure of metal is made with open spaces, called cells, for the enamels. I form...

Tags: | Plique-a-jour |

Quickly, Accurately Saw Around a Sharp Corner - By GIA Staff

Sawing is an essential skill for a bench jeweler. This article will show you a technique that will increase your sawing speed and accuracy when you need to make sharp corner cuts and reduce your likelihood of breaking delicate saw blades. ...

Tags: | Bench Tips & Tricks | Beginner's Corner | Fabrication |

Reticulation - Ridges and Ripples - By Sharon Elaine Thompson

Reticulation is not difficult, but it does take practice, concentration, and a deft torch hand. Also, the pattern and appearance of a reticulated piece is not predictable; you probably won't get the same results twice....

Tags: | Reticulation |

Keith Lewis - From Propagandist to Humanist - By Matthew Kangas

Possibly the most controversial jewelry artist now working in the United States, Keith Lewis Is undergoing a transition from propagandist to post activist artist. Defiantly 'out,' queer, gay, and male, Lewis has spent the past decade or more dividing his time between teaching, lecturing, and making...

Tags: | Behind The Design |

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