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20 Laser Welding Tips

This article offers some laser welding tips¬†that might make your life as a laser welder a bit easier. Read on for some interesting tips and tricks! Laser Welding Tips 1. Keep your laser welder clean, especially the protective lens inside the…

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Laser Repair: Bangle Bracelet

It’s an “everyday” kind of repair job. The customer brings in a bangle bracelet that has a broken safety slide. This time let’s try a different approach to repairing it. After a close inspection of the bracelet we…

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Laser Repair: Emerald & Diamond Ring

It seems like a lot of laser repairs involve emeralds. I recall the Indiana Jones movies where “Indy” comes face to face with a snake (or snakes). “Snakes, I HATE SNAKES!” Have you ever been overheard saying, “Emeralds,…

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Laser Welding Channel Repair

In previous articles we have looked into the “art” of prong repair using the laser (Full Prong Replacement and Tipping Prongs. This is the final article in the series on laser welding prongs but is by no means the last word on the…

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Laser Welding Full Prong Replacement

One of the most frequent repair jobs involving the laser is prong repair. This is the first in a series of articles on laser welding prongs. Much has been said about the ability of the laser to do the “impossible” repairs. Though…

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Laser Welding Plique a Jour Owl Brooch

Laser welders, it seems, have as many applications as there are imaginations and types of jewelry. This laser welding project replaces the pin stem and clutch on a “Plique ajour,” opal, and ruby owl brooch. Just a bit of information…

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Laser Welding Sizing a Two-Tone Band

Sometimes you get a job like this one. Your customer has a platinum and 18k yellow gold wedding band that doesn’t fit anymore. In this case (unlike most of us who have been married a while) the customer needs to have the band made smaller.…

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Laser Welding Tipping Prongs

Last issue we installed a new full prong on an opal and emerald pendant. This issue was supposed to be a continuation of the same project, i.e. retipping an emerald on the same piece. However, as the saying goes “the best laid plans of mice…

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Macaroni Bracelet Repair

Last time a customer brought a San Marco bracelet to you for repair, what did you do with it? Commonly know as the “macaroni” bracelet, this repair can be a challenge for many repair jewelers. Many jewelry repair technicians simply…

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The Art of Laser Welding

Lasers are one of the hottest new items in the jewelry industry. This relatively unknown technology among jewelers and jewelry manufacturers just a few short years ago is now receiving notoriety in our industry today. One cannot open a trade…