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Best of Foldforming Competition

Winners of the inaugural Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition were announced on Aug 6, 2012 at the 5th Annual Charles Lewton-Brain Conference hosted by the Center for Metal Arts in downstate, New York. This video showcases the winning entries…

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Calcutta’s gold scavengers

Early in the morning, as Calcutta’s Bowbazar red-light district settles down to sleep, a group of men leave their shanty homes and literally sweep the dusty streets in a never-ending search for gold.

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Filling a Speedwire

I have provided instructions on making your own coiled sterling wire for Glenn Manning’s Speedwire, an ingenious device for delivering very fine wire to the welding area when using a laser or pulse arc welder. You can find Manning’s…

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How to solder tiny ring components

I was recently asked for some advice on how to solder a very small bezel setting to a thin wire band. This is a how to explaining the process, and helping you to avoid some common issues, such as work coming apart or moving while you solder, and excessive…

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Infiltrating Colombia’s Shady Emerald Mines

Money and Madness (1998) – Penetrating the shady world of Colombia’s emerald dealers, we meet private armies and pistol-packing miners. Colombia boasts some gruesome statistics. The leading cause of death for individuals…

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Inside Auriou Toolworks – How Files are Made

Produced by Auriou Toolworks, this 10-minute video reveals the fascinating world of traditional rasp-making at Forge De Saint Juery in France. Since 1858, Auriou Toolworks has been making free forged hand tools for wood, stone, and plaster.…

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Lost Wax Casting – [1/9] Sprueing waxes

Preparing for lost wax casting, step 1: attaching waxes to a central sprue and weighing them. Feathered Gems Jewelry has documented the entire process of casting Braille charms for Seedlings Braille Books for Children. Music: Pachelbel’s…

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Lost Wax Casting – [2/9] Investing the wax-filled flasks

Preparing for lost wax casting, step 2: putting the waxes inside steel flasks and covering them with high temperature plaster called investment. Feathered Gems Jewelry has documented the entire process of casting Braille charms for Seedlings…

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Lost Wax Casting – [3/9] Dewaxing the flasks

Preparing for lost wax casting, step 3: steaming out the wax from inside the hardened plaster investment. Feathered Gems Jewelry has documented the entire process of casting Braille charms for Seedlings Braille Books for Children. Music:…

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Lost Wax Casting – [4/9] Burning out the flasks

Preparing for lost wax casting, step 4: putting the flasks in a kiln to burn out any remaining wax and heat them up to casting temperature. Feathered Gems Jewelry has documented the entire process of casting Braille charms for Seedlings Braille…

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Lost Wax Casting – [6/9] Quenching the hot flasks

Lost wax casting, step : cooling the hot flasks in a bucket of water Feathered Gems Jewelry has documented the entire process of casting Braille charms for Seedlings Braille Books for Children. Music: Gavotte en Rondeau for Violin Partita…

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Lost Wax Casting – [9/9] Finishing and Polishing

Lost wax casting, step : Grinding, buffing and polishing the finished charms. Feathered Gems Jewelry has documented the entire process of casting Braille charms for Seedlings Braille Books for Children. Music: Violin Concerto in E by Mendelssohn……

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MAISON CHAPLIN – Van Cleef & Arpels – The Process

Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized of Van Cleef & Arpels’ masterworks. This unprecedented assembly of 350 pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels’ collection…

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Sculptures by Noah Deledda

Irony & Aluminum The hidden beauty of the can’s polished aluminum surface is revealed. By hand, I apply dents to sculpt patterns of shapes onto the can’s surface. The designs are made possible by the structural properties…

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Silver refining

A micro-scale experiment explaining some principles related to the refining process of silver.

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Simple Steps to Planishing Copper

Steps and tools for simple planishing of copper. Easily remove hammer or mallet marks from a formed copper bowl. The same techniques can be used for any copper shape. When I first uploaded this video I forgot to put in the section to wire brush…

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The Deep – PES

Short animation: Metal objects of the past come to life in the depths of the sea….

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Utsushi – in search of Katsuhira’s tiger. Part 1

A short documentary film that follows classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a lost masterpiece by the 19th century Mito tsuba artist, Hagia Katsuhira. The project and filming was funded by Mr Bob Morrison and took place…

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Utsushi – in search of Katsuhira’s tiger. Part 2

A short documentary film that follows classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a lost masterpiece by the 19th century Mito tsuba artist, Hagia Katsuhira. The project and filming was funded by Mr Bob Morrison and took place…

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