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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 |

Thomas Mann - The Business of Reinvention - By Patricia Harris

Not so many years ago Thomas Mann figured that 2002 would be his year to retire. But the projected date has come and gone, and Mann is busier than ever with reinvention instead of retirement. The publication in 2001 of the monograph Thomas Mann: Metal Artist may have summarized his career as a...

Tags: | Behind The Design | Features |

Textile Techniques in Jewelry Making - By Michael David Sturlin

Fabrics and precious metals would seem to be total opposites, like hot and cold or yin and yang. However, despite their obvious differences in hardness, they do possess similar properties-specifically, both are pliable and elastic, and can be stretched and manipulated. And just as fabrics and fibers...

Tags: | Wire Working |

GemBits - Gemstone enhancements - By Sandra I. Smith

Which is the best to buy: natural, enhanced, imitation, artificial or synthetic gems? The answer depends on how you plan to use it. Natural gemstones have not had anything done to them that changes their color....

Tags: | Gemstone Treatments |

Notes about Buffing and Polishing Materials - By John Fisher

Almost any metal or hard plastic item can be buffed to a high polish or a satin sheen with the correct buffing wheel and the proper polishing compound. This includes copper pots, doorknobs, golf clubs and switch plates, to name a few common items. The molecular composition of different metals is as...

Tags: | Polishing | Shop Machines |

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Join the most popular online community for jewelers, The Orchid forumsOrchid is dedicated to the exchange of substantive technical content, covering the full range of information requirements. With list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences, this lively forum addresses questions about every aspect of jewelry making today.

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The Orchid Blogs Network

Join the most popular online community for jewelers, The Orchid forumsBlogging for jewelers and metalsmiths made easy! (and for those interested in jewelry and gemstones)

We're passionate about empowering jewelers, metalsmiths and lapidary artists, and we hope it shows! To that end, we've combined the relaxed atmosphere of the Orchid forums with easy-to-use blog tools to give our members the opportunity to be heard and seen. Orchid members can have an online presence within minutes of joining, and have access to resources that come from being part of a community of our size. We think you'll enjoy the difference! And the best part is….it's absolutely FREE!

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Galleries

Art and Jewelry GalleriesThe Gallery section features a collection of representative works in a variety of media including graphic arts, photography, jewelry and ornamentation, and contemporary artwork by various artists.

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BenchExchange

A project from the Orchid community of jewelry enthusiasts and professionals. We've tried to capture our benches in the midst of everyday turmoil....

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The BenchTube - Jewelry Making Videos

Jewelry Making Video download archiveGanoksin now offers a video peek into the virtual world. Suppliers, refiners, jewelers, and educators will contribute incredible demonstrations on topics including casting, alloying, bench tricks, and more. You can contribute as well. Register for a free acount and start sharing your jewelry related videos today!

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MetalCalc - A collection of Online Calculators

MetalCalcUnit Conversions:

| Area | Circular | Weight | Length | Pressure | Temperature |Volume |

 

 



The Gem and Jewelry Trade Directory Guide

MetalCalcA comprehensive trade directory entirely devoted to online resources for the gem, jewelry and metals industry. Each suggested entry is reviewed by knowledgeable editors insuring the quality and accuracy of websites included in the Guide.

Help others make informed buying decisions with the resources listed . We welcome your opinions and experiences with ordering, customer service and and over all satisfaction.

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