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Finishing Machines

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Finishing Machines. See…

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Chain & Findings

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Chain & Findings. See…

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Securing Curved Stones for Easy Drilling

Securing curved stones when drilling can be a bit difficult. I use recycled ceramic china, beach pebbles, sea and river glass, and pottery shards in many of my cold connected pieces, which means I need to drill holes— a lot of holes. Very often,…

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Tackling Chain and Finding Repair

Ask most jewelers about repairing a chain or finding and they’re likely to offer you their best Charlie Brown impression: Good grief! And it’s an expression that’s somewhat warranted, given the risks involved in working on the tiny…

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How to Mount Objects in Metal Frames

For the illusion of “floating objects” Helen I. Driggs shares her technique, a step by step guide, on how to mount objects in matel frames. ******************** Bi-directional tabs are a decorative way to secure delicate objects…

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Step-by-Step Guide to Upsizing Rings

When I ran a trade shop, time was money, and I often found myself sizing 50 to 60 rings in a day. When you’re doing that kind of volume, being able to quickly size up rings can make a big difference on your bottom line. Here’s my technique for sizing……

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Unexpected Tools for Fabrication

Helen I. Driggs demonstrates how some non-jeweler’s tools give fabrication a new twist. My background is in graphic design, so I have spent lots of time in traditional artist’s supply stores. I have discovered quite a few tools…

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Victoria Lansford on the Art of Filigree

Victoria Lansford on the art of filigree—Russian or otherwise BOX: The Art of Handcraft Every jewelry designer can pinpoint the thing that first called her to the art. It may have been seeing something in a museum, or finding a delicate heirloom…

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Welding Aluminum for Successful Anodizing

This article includes descriptions of dangerous activities. These descriptions are not to be deemed instruction, any inference to the contrary being hereby specifically denied. Aluminum has been researched since the late eighteenth…

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Process Oriented Metal Education

Art school is in some ways a difficult place to learn to be a metalsmith. Traditionally, it took industry from three to seven years of concentrated time to educate a goldsmith. This is because, as Jamie Bennett puts it, metals are “process-oriented…

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Susan Kingsley: Enlightened Embranglements

Susan Kingsley’s work has involved a long, determined struggle with the role of a woman artist in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. In her new, introspective series of sculptures, she has turned to fashioning objects of utility…

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A Replica of the Sutton Hoo Sword

Considered to be one of the richest and most important archaeological finds in Great Britain, the Ship Burial known as Sutton Hoo was found near present-day Woodbridge, in Suffolk, in 1939. Coins from the burial mound date the site no later…

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Richard Reinhardt: Discontinuous Continuity

Richard Reinhardt’s best-known pieces today are silver bracelets, constructed in concave or convex forms that curve smoothly and logically in a circle. Intermingled with these simple forms are forged, applied wires that gently…

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The Representation in Contemporary Metals

My recollection of the first piece of metalwork I owned is of a pin consisting of two poodles connected by a silver chain. This, the use of representation at its most banal, probably floats somewhere in all our early memories of jewelry. As I grew…

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Fads and Fallacies: Pocket Knives

The term fashion does not immediately bring to mind knives. But wait! The 1895 Montgomery Ward & Co. catalog offered 131 varieties of pocket knives. They were classified as: “men’s,” “ladies’,”…

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The Contemporary American Custom Goldsmithing

About five years ago, Robert Fairbank, John Reynolds and I created a “living entity” called Goldsmiths 3 in Concord, Massachusetts. Our name simply reflects what we are: three goldsmiths, custom-designing and handcrafting…

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How to Repair a Hollow Rope Chain

I took in a broken hollow rope chain bracelet for repair this week. The bracelet had caught on a desk drawer and broke. I didn’t think it presented any special problems (outside of being hollow) until I looked further and noticed a couple…

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Flat Topped Solitaire Setting

The Flat Topped Solitaire Setting is a popular style setting that is slightly more complicated to set than the standard solitaire mounting. I prefer this ring design as it makes the smaller stone app ear slightly larger in its overall appearance.…

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Setting a Pear Shape Emerald in a Full Bezel

For this demonstration of Setting a Pear Shape Emerald in a Full Bezel I will be setting a large emerald surrounded by many small diamonds in a pendant. The approximate value of the emerald stone is $7,500. When setting a stone this delicate I…

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Fabricating a Free Form Opal Pendant

I received this opal from a woman who had cut it years ago. Her customer was aware it had a small chip on the corner and she was leery of setting it. I wasn’t sure if it had been kept hydrated or if it was more brittle that usual. She…

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Roll Printing Technique

Roll printing, or texture transfer, has been around a long time. The ancient Greeks and Romans used various dies and, of course, every well-appointed Sumerian had a cylinder seal with which to authenticate his signature. Both of these employ…

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Contemporary Applications of Area Inlay

The use of area inlay, called damascening or woven inlay, is common in the ancient metalwork of Iran, India, Japan, Spain and other countries. Since most applications require the use of ferrous metals as base materials, area inlay is not often…

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Art and Technics: Finishing

This article is one of a series of articles from Metalsmith Magazine “Art and Technics” talking about techniques in craftsmanship and design.  For this 1987 Spring issue, Tim McCreight talks about finishing up with your work.…

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Damascus and Pattern Welding

True damascus steel is made by a casting process utilizing very high carbon steel. The material is held at or near the temperature of fusion for an extended period of time. This causes the formation of large, high carbon dendrites in a matrix…

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The Work of Gary Noffke

Preparation for writing this piece began, I guess, when I was six or seven years old. At that age, my whole world was confined to a small yet comfortable apartment in Brooklyn decorated in the material evidence of my parents’ modest means.…

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Technical Briefs: Fluxes

Technical Briefs deals with technical concerns of interest to a wide audience, addressing topics as diverse as vanguard technology and ancient arts. It will also answer questions from readers and respond to suggestions, always trying…

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Fusion Patterns

This paper describes a process that combines techniques researched by others with a few well known facts about the properties of certain metals. This information was applied to a metal fabrication process specifically designed to extend…

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Hydraulic Die Forming for the Artist/Metalsmith

Hydraulic die forming is a process which hasn’t received a lot of press. Perhaps its usefulness seems limited to mass production, and it sounds as if you need to divert rivers to do it. This article is intended to clear up a few misconceptions…

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Susan Hamlet: Culture Of Materials

“Culture of materials,” an expression originating from the early 20th-century teaching of Russian Constructivist Vladimir Tatlin, defines the artist’s deliberate examination and selection of materials for use…

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Master Metalsmith Alan Adler

I first discovered Allan Adler’s Silversmithing Shop about 23 years ago when I arrived in Southern California to begin my metalsmithing teaching career at California State University, Long Beach. His shop was located on Sunset Boulevard…

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Toolmaker’s Tools of the Trade

The word “technology” is defined as the totality of the means employed to provide the objects necessary for sustenance and comfort. Although the average person would probably not put a hammer in the same category with the computer,…

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American Holloware Changing Criteria

The expressions which have come to identify the pre- and post-World War II generations – Me decade, suburban frontiersmen, spoiled baby boomers, generation gap – are clear if perhaps overly stereotyped images. While encapsulating…

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Rendering Design and Process

This is the second in a series of articles on the art and skill of rendering jewelry and small metal objects. Here we show the stages of rendering from pencil roughs to finished pencil renderings with color to full-color renderings, and discuss…

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1983 SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition

This year Johnson Matthey Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of platinum group metals, in cooperation with the Society of North American Goldsmiths inaugurated the annual “SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition”…

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The Seven Korean Metalsmiths

Five thousand years of Korean goldsmithing was interrupted from 1913 to 1953 due to the Japanese invasion and the Korean War. In looking back, goldsmithing or metalsmithing programs in Korea’s colleges and universities formerly…

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Master Metalsmith John Prip

One observation on the career of John Prip (more often called Jack) is the way in which the man and his times have grown together. In some people this might be a coincidence; in others it would indicate an ability to perceive and adapt to a trend.…

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Wire Wrapping Enamel Pieces

Everyone has long seen gems wrapped in small wire cages with hanging devices, and more recently, the Dichroic glass pendants with their caressing wire sculpture made into a bail for hanging on a chain or neck ring. They do provide a light weight…

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Debunking a Soldering Myth 2

There are many myths about heating pieces during soldering that can cause innumerable problems during relatively simple soldering operations. In this occasional column, I will address the top soldering myths and the essential criteria…

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Tips and Tricks for Scoring Metal

Scoring metal is incredibly important for custom jewelry construction. It enables you to reduce the number of parts in a catch or a hollow piece, which increases strength and cuts fabrication time. The term “scoring” refers to creating…

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Overcoming Bench Mistakes

From the Editor: It’s happened to everyone. You’re working on a project and everything is going along well until…. Oops. You melt something that wasn’t supposed to be melted, or chip something that’s hard to replace. After a few…

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Fabricated Reversible Pearl Pendant

Design ideas often begin one way, then evolve into something different. Such was the case with Robin Waynee’s two-sided palladium pendant with pink sapphires, diamonds, and a rolling Tahitian pearl. Waynee, of Santa Fe, New Mexico,…

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Organic Geometric Bracelet

Always preferring a combination of metals in her jewelry, Sydney Lynch of Sydney Lynch Jewelry Inc. in Lincoln, Nebraska, discovered a way to achieve that look cost-effectively using a bi-metal of 22k yellow gold backed by sterling silver.…

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Debunking a Soldering Myth 1

After 25 years as a jeweler, first as a student, an apprentice, an instructor, and now a master instructor and director of the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York City, I’ve come to realize that much of the basic information about soldering…

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Meteorite Pendant by Jacob Albee

Like many jewelers, Jacob Albee of Jacob Albee Goldsmith in Burlington, Vermont, buys stones without always knowing what he’s going to do with them. That was the case with a near-perfect circle of agate. “It was just a very cool translucent…

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Setting Stones in Wax

One of the most revolutionary advances in recent years, apart from laser welding, is the method of setting stones in wax. It has allowed many previously impossible designs andalso allowed the jeweler to forge ahead and create many difficult…

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Beam Path Check

With the Nd:Yag Micro Laser Welders, being used by the jewelry, and other industrial manufacturing / repair industries, there is a very simple test that can provide a lot of information regarding the integrity of the laser beam. In the world…

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Platinum Finishing 2 – Procedures and Supplies

In the last issue I wrote about safety issues concerning polishing platinum. In this issue we will continue the discussion with notes on Platinum Polishing Procedures and Supplies. The entire process of finishing any material is about first…

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Nickel White Gold Welding

In this article I will be referring to terms that I have defined in previous articles. If you wish to read those articles in the order that they are meant to be read, contact me at lasers@mantech.info, or 619-239-5842. Nickel White Gold, (Ni WG),…

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Pulse Shaping Test, 14k Ni WG

The following is one method of adjusting parameters after altering the pulse shape. This article is not intended to promote pulse shaping as a means of welding nickel white gold, (Ni WG). More importantly, it is primarily intended as a report…

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The Creation of White Gold

White gold presents unique challenges. Who among us has not struggled with white gold at one time or another? Some of those challenges sparked an important collaboration of every level of the trade, from alloy producers who make of millions…

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Prong Setting & Ring Sizing Tips

I’m going to do something different in this issue. Instead of taking you through the steps involved in putting a new piece of jewelry on the market, I’m going to share some bench tips that I’ve been taught, or developed, through…

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Platinum Finishing 3 – Notes and Procedures

In this final article we continue our discussion of platinum polishing notes & procedures. Abrasive Wheels “Cera” ceramic impregnated square edge wheels – about 3/5″ to 3/4″ in diameter. So far,…

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Pulse Shaping: Variable Constants

In my last article about welding nickel white gold, (Ni WG),I said I would weld the same Ni WG shank by using pulse shaping, (PS). I have since realized that I need to write more about pulse shaping before I can accurately describe what I’m…

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International Ring Sizes Chart

This page provides an international ring sizes chart you can view and/or download to be your guide in making or even just to refer to customer’s ring sizes. Click to view a bigger image:…

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Filigree Remake

This article “Filigree Remake” provides step by step instructions on resizing a pre-existing ring mounting to make way for a larger round diamond. This is a picture showing the top and side view of a customer’s mounting…

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Jewelry Designs: Raindrops Pendant

Welcome to Stacey Rhodes Jewelry Designs, where we will detail all of the steps involved in adding a new piece of jewelry to our line. In this issue we will be working with our latest design. I’ll take you through every phase of production,…

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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 Welding Basics – Part 2

In my last article I wrote about the various adjustable parameters, and the effects of changing those parameters. In this article I hope to explain, in better detail, how laser beam energy is focused. I will likely be referring to some terms…

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Jewelry Designs: Maya Pendant

Welcometo Stacey Rhodes Jewelry Designs, where we will detail all of the steps involved in adding a new piece ofjewelry to our line. In this issue we will be working with our latest design. I’ll take you through every phase of production,…

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Laser Welding Basics – Part 4

I want to take what I have written in my previous articles 
and start tying it into jewelry welding applications. In 
this article, I am going to use the welding of a very 
simple 18K yellow gold ring shank to expand on the relationship…

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Forged Ring Shank

This article describes step by step instructions how forged ring shank is done as described by Bradney W. Simon. For this solid shank we’re going to forge the shape out of a solid piece of platinum. The bottom of the ring across the finger…

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Laser Welding Basics – Part 3

Back when I was going to school, if I had known I would be writing an article about laser welding geometry I would have paid more attention in all my math classes, not to mention my English composition classes. We aren’t going to be figuring…

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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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Pulse Shaping: Energy Over Time

Laser technology is still so new to 
our industry and there is still so much 
to discover. Fortunately, I believe that as 
jewelers, we are the ones left to do a lot
 of the discovering. My only intention 
with this article is to…

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Platinum Finishing 1 – Safety

My finishing techniques are up close and personal. The majority of my polishing work is done at the same proximity to the work piece as fabrication or stone setting. For me, the majority of my finishing is a bench technique. For many, it seems…

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Jewelry Designs: Hope Pendant

Welcome to Stacey Rhodes Jewelry Designs, where we will detail all of the steps involved in adding a new piece of jewelry to our line. In this issue we will be working with our latest design. I’ll take you through every phase of production,…

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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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Electric Kiln Fired Mokume Gane Part 2

In this article in the series we will go to billet forging and making a simple wedding band in a star pattern. See previous article (link below) for a short history of Mokume gane, prep work and trimming of billet forging. Processing the Billet…

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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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Platinum Granulation Process

Granulation, a process dating back a lot longer than I can remember, is clearly one of jewelry histories most prominent techniques for artistry and decoration. The traditional technique of granulation consists of fusing or soldering minute…

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Jewelry Designs: Steeplechase Pendant

As a traditional symbol of good luck, this piece is inspired by the horseshoe. It is dedicated to the power and grace of the race horse including those of our very own Iroquois Steeplechase. Welcome to Stacey Rhodes Jewelry Designs, where we…

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Electric Kiln Fired Mokume Gane Part 3

This last installment of this series on Mokume Gane  will focus on the different Mokume Gane pattern techniques and the different tools used to achieve these patterns. Links of previous articles are provided below. Mokume Gane Pattern…

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Laser Welding Solid Back on Opal Ring

This article is a step by step procedure in Laser Welding Solid Back on Opal Ring. The customer wanted a solid back on a ring in which the center stone wouldn’t take heat or where you would have to butcher the mounting to remove the stone.…

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Jewelry Designs: Titan Pendant

Welcome to Stacey Rhodes Jewelry Designs, where we will detail all of the steps involved in adding a new piece of jewelry to our line. In this issue will we will be working with our latest design. I’ll take you through every phase of production,…

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Laser Welding Basics – Part 1

This article will run over multiple issues of Bench Magazine. I plan to start with the basics of welding and write about the characteristics of the beam and how we use those characteristics to weld. It is important to understand how the beam is…

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Bench Mag Favorite Tips 2002

This article page is from a section “Favorite Tips” from BENCH Magazine 2002 submitted by readers and BENCH Magazine Staff covering favorite tips on removing and straightening kinks in chains, jewelry cleansing, chain repair…

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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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Platinum Consideration Factors

Jurgen J Maerz of the Platinum Guild International USA outlines factors to consider when adding platinum to your line of manufactured jewelry. Technical education is the key successfully manufacturing platinum jewelry. Platinum is often…

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Fabricating a Pear-Shaped Pendant

A customer selects a
 pear-shape sea foam tourmaline from your loose stone s
and informs you she would
 like a pendant. While determining the style of jewelry
 she likes, she points to a 
piece of pierced filigree jewelry stating…

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Chain Repair Paste Solder Method

Repairing broken chains is one of the two most often preformed jobs in the shop. (Sizing rings is the other) The difficulty of chain repair lies in the fact that the chain is made up of fine wires. These wires heat up quickly when trying to melt the…

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The Plique a Jour Technique with Torch

Plique-a-jour, in French, means “applied to carved spaces” or “membrane where daylight passes through”. The ‘plique-a-jour’ enameled jewelry is endowed with gleam and delicacy. This technique,…

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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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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 Repair: Emerald and Diamond Bracelet

This article by Steve Satow describes the procedure for repairing an emerald and diamond bracelet using laser technology. Top view picture of damaged antique two toned emerald and diamond bracelet. Repairing an emerald and diamond bracelet…

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Hints on Making Tubing

This article is an extract from the book ‘Hinges and Hinge-Based Catches for Jewelers and Goldsmiths’ Not all sizes and wall thicknesses of tube come seamless from a factory or refiner. Especially when working in gold it is not…

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Platinum Wire Filigree

Platinum wire filigree can be easily added to an article of jewelry providing a unique design element. The filigree can be a simple scroll filling an airline to the predominant design component in the article of jewelry. Whether the platinum…

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Electric Kiln Fired Mokume Gane Part 1

This is the first part of a series on Electric Kiln Fired Mokume Gane. Here we will focus on a short history of Mokume gane, prep eration work and trimming of billet forging. The first time I laid my eyes on a Mokume Gane piece I was hooked on learning……

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Laser Welding Prong Repairs

This article provides a step by step procedure on how to do laser welding prong repairs on a ring.  Laser Welding Prong Repairs Project Use a separating disk to grind the prong flat. Place a redi-prong on a metal surface and tap gently to…

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Jewelry Designs: Athena Pendant

This gemstone-encrusted shield is named in honor of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare who was worshiped as a patroness of the arts and crafts. She is always shown with her magic shield. Welcome to Stacey Rhodes Jewelry Designs,…

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Re-tipping Platinum Prongs

Platinum is a very durable metal, so prongs will last a long time. However, it is sometimes necessary to re-tip prongs even on a Platinum ring. By definition, re-tipping platinum prongs imply that the stone remains in the setting during the…

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Resizing Damaged Rings

This page provides some helpful tips when it comes to resizing damaged rings with stones. Read on for more. When sizing rings with stones that may be damaged from heat, hold the stones under water while soldering. To do this, place a metal…

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Chain Making Project

This project is for beginners that wish to become silversmiths, part time or full time. Keep in mind that there are many ways to do this faster with the use of mechanical tools, but you are doing this project to learn how to use your frame saw and…

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Dealing with Fire Scale

Fire scale or fire stain is a reddish purple toned ‘bloom’ or ‘stain’ that appears on silver/copper alloys such as sterling silver when they are heated in the presence of oxygen. It even occurs in gold alloys with high copper contents. As it generally…

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Different Types of Knuckle Hinges

While this one may seem a little odd at first glance the idea has merit. Linda Chow suggests that a wire inserted through a hole is a type of hinge which by implication makes an normal jump ring inserted into a hole a kind of hinge. There are several…

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Basic Hinge Making Technique

It is important to pick tubing with an appropriate wall thickness and material strength for the requirements of the piece. Sterling will need thicker material than 14k gold. Nickel white gold is the hardest material goldsmiths generally…

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Working with Jewelry Hinges Made Easy

Sometimes working with jewelry hinges can be too taxing. And not knowing how will make your work even harder. Here’s a how-to on working with jewelry hinges.

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Making a Filigree Jig

To begin, procure or make a box out of cardboard or balsa wood. A plastic soap dish, like the one used in a traveling toilet article case although a bit deep is almost perfect for the job. The box should be about 3″ long, 2″ wide and not more than ½”…

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Soldering Hints and Tricks

Medical hemostats and forceps make good clips for wire solder. Soldering clips for soldering work may be made from cotter pins, coat hanger wire, piano wire, steel strapping or old clock springs. These may be used to hold parts together.

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Hinge Pin Installation Options

It is, however, usually best to bevel the openings of a tube slightly to give the rivet a better purchase in use. A beveled tube end produces a good flush rivet.

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Scoring and Bending

Scoring and bending is one of the most important ways of constructing jewellery. Scoring is a method of obtaining very sharply defined bends in metal sheets. The angle of the bend is determined mainly by the amount of material removed from the…

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How to Make Earring Posts by Hand

Yes you can make your own earring posts. It is generally more cost effective to buy them, but making them is not a problem and there are times that it is useful to know how.

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All About Jump Rings

Jump rings may be made most easily by using a small hand drill with various sizes of mandrel. Take a broken burr, old needle file handles or a piece of drill rod and make a slit near the end. (I would use a separating disc to do this). Or one may drill…

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Making Your Own Tubing

Not all sizes and wall thicknesses of tube come seamless from a factory or refiner. Especially when working in gold it is not cost effective or timely to order in a specific tube size, material, or wall thickness. There are many times when you…

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Hinges with Bearings

A bearing is essentially tube sections which are attached to the metal being hinged into which the hinge itself is installed. The use of bearings offers us a couple of things. First of all, it offers us a way of increasing the structural strength…

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Basic Jewelry Construction and Soldering Principles

A short review of construction and soldering principles would be a good idea at this point. They’re fairly basic. Principles of soldering (or what most of the world terms ‘brazing’ but jewelers call ‘soldering’) include: make sure that all…

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Making an Alternative Filigree Jig

Begin by making a box as described in the last chapter. Cut a piece of wood 1/8 to 3/16″ of an inch thick, ¾” wide and 1″ longer than your box. Make ready by cutting off the heads of 40 pins. Procure some wide, double-face scotch tape. It is important…

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Making a Filigree Wire

One of the necessary steps in making filigree is the forming of the wire. It is made by twisting very tightly two pieces of very small silver wire and then flattened. Either sterling or fine grade silver wire may be used. Fine is preferred, even…

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Wire Drawing Hints

The trick to drawing wire by hand is to grasp the tapered end that sticks out the front of the drawplate with the pliers in such a way that there are some 5 mm of play; of movement back and forth to the drawplate. Push the draw tongs up to the plate so…

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Tubing Cutting Method

A jeweller and goldsmith has to cut tubing fairly regularly. My favorite methods include: cutting only on the upstroke using a jewelers sawblade; using a separating disc; rolling the tube with high pressure under an X-acto knife or sharp blade,…

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How to Step-Roll Wire

One requires a taper on the end of the wire to grip it with when placed through a drawplate for drawing. One may obtain this taper in several ways.

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All About Hidden Hinges

Hidden hinges are sometimes used on bracelets and jewelry pieces. I saw one on a Vietnamese bracelet once and have seen several on Diamonds International pieces. The place they pop up most frequently is in kitchen cabinets and doors on smooth…

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Basic Tubing Catch Fabrication

First one chooses an appropriate metal for the various parts, that is a metal with appropriate structural for it’s thickness and stress in use. In this catch there is little stress in use and therefore one can use even as soft metal as sterling…

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Cufflink Hinge Pins

Cuff-links can work well as a plain three-part hinge. There are some basics to the construction of cuff-links. The cuff-link consists of three parts: the front decorative part you see in use.

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Cast Hinges for Jewelers and Goldsmiths

Cast hinges are a very important part of much production jewelry work, partly because hinge assembly on such pieces is reduced to inserting the hinge pin and so provides a very fast linkage system ideal for cast objects. We are primarily speaking…

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How to Do Paper Die Embossing

The annealed metal is placed in a sandwich between soft ‘pusher’ paper and a hard paper which will serve as a monoprint paper die to emboss the metal sheet. The metal maybe pre-polished which leaves any areas that were cut out in the paper polished…

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Pinback Placement Hints

It is customary to place the joint at the right of the back of the pin and the catch on the left for right handed users who…

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A Modern Method of Creating Enameled Filigree Jewelry

After making jewelry and doing lapidary work for twenty-five years, I began looking for another type of jewelry making which would be a bit different. While on a visit to the Walter’s Art Gallery in Baltimore I became fascinated with the…

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Plique-a-Jour Russian Soldering Method

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…

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The Origins of Fold Forming

In 1979 and 80 I went to study at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Pforzheim West Germany at the suggestion of my teacher Christian Gaudernak, who had studied there in the early 80’s. Mistakenly believing that everyone spoke English…

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Basic Bead Setting Techniques

First the stone’s diameter is measured at the pavillion and a dent is made in the metal for the pilot drill (about 1mm diameter). Then the metal is drilled through. The metal is drilled again until the hole is about 3/4 the size of the stone’s diameter.…

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Special Repair Work

It is not uncommon for moving parts to wear out. This is to be expected because of increased friction as parts rub against one another. A common example can be found in connecting rings such as the jump rings that attach a charm to a bracelet or a…

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Cracks in Jewelry Manufacturing

As many jewelry manufacturers and goldsmiths know from hard experience, cracking in jewelry can occur at any time during its manufacture. It can also occur much later, after the jewelry has been sold to the consumer or during repair. Cracking…

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Handmade Acetate Spectacle Frames

describe here some broad practical steps in making an acetate spectacle frame by hand. For a brief comparison let’s consider the way acetate frames are often made. In the spectacle industry the typical factory set-up involves dozens of pre-set…

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Carat Gold Solders for Jewellery Making

In many countries, regulations govern the caratage of gold solders used to make jewellery and, with few exceptions, gold solder alloys should be of the same caratage as the jewellery. One problem with the production of solders is to ensure…

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Repairing Broken Chains

The difficulty of chain repair lies in the fact that the chain is made up of fine wires. These wires heat up quickly when trying to melt the solder. Two problems develop. The first is if the wire link gets too hot, it will quickly melt as you are trying…

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Fabricating a Crown to Fit a Stone

Often jewelers are called upon to hand fabricate a crown to fit a stone. This is necessary when either the stone is a non-standard shape, or the crown needs to fit a particular design. Although one will seldom hand fabricate a simple round basket…

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Platinum Bench Tricks

This project is dedicated to bench tricks that make working with platinum-or working at the bench in general-easier. This is the first installment of a periodic Platinum Bench series.

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Faster, More Efficient Laser Welders

Since their introduction to the jewelry industry, laser welders have been lauded for their speed, accuracy, and convenience of use. Retail stores and job shops have made sizable investments in these machines, which are guaranteed to simplify…

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Benchtop Hydroflux Welders

Connections are an important part of jewelry manufacturing. We make them with suppliers, with retailers, even with the people who buy and wear our jewelry. But some of the most important connections are those we make between metals. Whether…

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Low-Cost Press Forming Technique

I first saw this technique in a work-shop held at West Dean College, Cich-ester, Great Britain, presented by Louise O’Neill and Bonnie Macintosh. I was immediately filled with enthusiasm by this technology, but the high cost for the press…

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Working with Platinum & Platinum Designing

My skills as an artist combined with my years of experience at the bench have given me a practical approach to jewelry. While I want to achieve a bold, sculptural look, my jewelry has an appeal because it is also wearable and enduring. I often design…

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Michael David Sturlin Crochets with Gold

This crocheted necklace is created by weaving interlocking loops of 18k gold wire into a chain, using a needle. Because the chain is built loop by loop, it is a time consuming process: It can take up to three hours to crochet one inch..

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Michael David Sturlin’s Two Strand Crocheted Chain

With the quartz as the central focal point of the ‘Reflecting Pond Necklace,’ Sturlin had to design a chain that could support its weight. He started crocheting 18k red gold wire—75 feet of it to be exact—to create a two-strand chain.…

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The Metal Corrugation Project

The act of contraction into repetitive wrinkles or alternate ridges and grooves. When studying nature forms, corrugation is regularly seen adding innate strength to what might be otherwise considered a frail form. Corrugation has been…

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Chain Strength and Quality Evaluation

In recent years, we have witnessed a growing concern of manufacturers and retailers regarding the quality of the jewelry products. Closer attention is being paid to such issues as general aesthetic appearance, surface finish, color consistency,…

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Alloys – Look on the White Side

In the jewelry industry, it’s rare to have an alloy without drawbacks, particularly when the alloy is not yellow. When designing alloys, there are a number of hurdles to jump. First, color is absolutely critical. Unfortunately, we alloy designers…

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Working With Niobium

Niobium has many properties that make it an excellent candidate for fabricated parts. Of particular interest to jewelry manufacturers and designers are niobium’s hypoallergenic nature, formability, and the broad range of anodized colors…

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Ornamental Chasing and Repousse

Working on the front of the piece only is called chasing. Repousse is the combination of tracing the design on the front of the piece using liners (tracers), raising a relief by pushing from the back using different punches, and finally working…

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Multi-Metal Lamination

Multi-metal Lamination is a type of ‘faux’ married metal which produces a freer, more ‘painterly’ effect than the hard-edge, highly graphic, married metal. It is a technique in which designs may appear to float over other shapes and patterns.…

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Introduction to Basic Concrete Jewelry

Concrete is a wonderful, hard, neutral, unprecious material with a real presence. And it can be successfully adapted to jewellery. This is an introduction to basic processes and materials. Uncured concrete is difficult to handle. It usually…

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Understanding the Working Titanium

Because titanium behaves somewhat differently than the standard metals in the goldsmith’s workshop some special attention to its working is in order here. When sawing, begin the cut with a very light stroke, and increase the pressure only…

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Pulse-Arc-Welder: Box Clasp Tongue Repair

This 14-karat yellow gold heavy bracelet chain has a broken tongue at its critical springy location. An ideal method for its repair is a non-torch pulse-arc welding approach so the alloy in the mechanism is not annealed or softened in the process.…

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Soumak on Metal

Soumak is a textile technique which is commonly found in the weaving of rugs in the Middle East. The technique has been around for a couple of thousand years and primarily has been used in cloth. As I learned various techniques of weaving in gold…

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Platinum Durability vs Scratching

There is a major difference between durability and scratch resistance. Platinum is very durable. When scratched, the scratch actually displaces the metal, leaving ridges on the edges of the scratch. This is where durability comes in. Whereas…

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Tips on How to Master Soldering

Soldering is probably the most commonly used and least understood operation performed in the jewelry industry. Most jewelers know how to solder a joint closed, as well as join parts together, but if asked what is happening in the process, few…

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22K Gold Granulation on Turquoise Earrings

Featured are the materials for turquoise, platinum and 22-karat gold granulation earrings. The turquoise is 10.25 millimeters round and will be bezel set. The platinum is Pt-900-Ir, a platinum and iridium alloy. Once the platinum fabrication…

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Platinum Fabricating & Stamping

This paper is aimed mainly at the small- to medium-sized jewelry manufacturing operations interested in working with platinum group metals. Preparing the melt, the melting process, forging, rolling and finally some manufacturing techniques…

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Tips for Creating Jump Rings

Jewelers use jump rings extensively as chain components, connectors, and linking devices for multiple construction problems. Here are a few tips and methods for creating jump rings.

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Pulse-Arc-Welder: Pearl and Diamond Pendant

This karat gold pendant design calls for several solder joints in close proximity. To facilitate the assembly, I tack and/or pulse-arc-weld the parts prior to soldering to eliminate shifting or dropping off through the soldering process.…

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Avoiding Melting Soldered Seams

Soldering is a delicate and sometimes difficult process especially when you need to solder very close to a previous solder seam. Without extra care, you can easily melt that prior seam and dislodge the parts. One solution is to drop down a temperature…

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Repairing a Sterling Silver Shell Cameo Pin

Repairs and alterations of jewelry that has been in families for generations is an ongoing request at retail service departments. These pieces are not of high value, but they have sentimental value to the owner. Often these pieces were not…

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The Art of Gold

‘The Art of Gold,’ curated by Michael Monroe, is the first major survey of contemporary American goldsmithing. The traveling exhibition was organized by the Society of North American Goldsmiths and toured by Exhibits USA. Comprising 79…

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Cold Forging of Karat Gold Findings

Cold forging in the karat gold jewelry industry has sometimes been referred to as stamping, coining and die striking. This process has been used throughout history in the making of coins and medals as well as jewelry. Cold forging basics will…

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Moissanite Necklace Repair with Welding Technology

This necklace contains Charles ‘ Colvard created moissanite. It has been mistakenly pulled and a few links have broken. Repairing the links using pulse-arc-welding technology removes the potential to freeze links, reduces the build-up…

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Methods of Closing Jump Rings

In high volume production operations, many jump rings need to be closed one after another. For such fast paced operations, pliers simply won’t do. Factory workers need efficient tools for closing jump rings. One such tool consists of a ring…

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Bracelet Shortening and Reassembling

This Charles and Colvard created moissanite (hereafter referred to as moissanite) and two-tone karat gold in-line bracelet requires shortening by two links. The bracelet is held together by a heavy link-wire that’s wrapped around an open…

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Making a Yellow Gold and Platinum Ring

This two-part series highlights tips and techniques, tools and accessories and procedures for custom making the 18 karat yellow gold and platinum ring featured in the counter sketch for a green tourmaline and diamonds.

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Platinum Ring Sizing and Torch Welding

Sizing and torch welding a platinum ring with diamonds channel set down the shank could be risky to the diamonds. Use of a Pulse-arc Welder for this welding job will eliminate the risk and potential damage.

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Making Custom-Designed Earrings Using Welding Technology

This custom job of 14 karat yellow gold earrings with diamonds and pink tourmaline is made easy using tack-welding technology. Tacking the pieces prior to soldering enabled me to ensure proper alignment and soldering procedures without…

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Installing and Repairing Hinge Rivets

Installing or repairing hinge rivets can be difficult with a torch. Flooding a hinge with solder and permanently joining a link to adjacent links are among the risks when using a torch and solder. Use of the following pulse-arc welding techniques…

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Live And Let Die (Struck)

In a manufacturing environment, there are numerous pitfalls and problems that will conspire to prevent successful completion of a job. Some of these problems may be complex and involve highly technical investigations, explanations and…

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Metal Corrugation Vocabulary

Metal corrugation is a unique roll-formed process whereby a precise and specific repetitive surface pattern is achieved when processing thin gauge annealed 36 -24 sheet metal or wire. Metal is processed using special tools manufactured…

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Cutting Jump Rings

Once you’ve wound jump rings around a mandrel, what’s the best way to cut them apart? Some craftspeople use hand-held side cutters, but there is one problem with this method – it cuts only one side of the wire flush. Therefore, you have to cut the…

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Steps on Making a Rolled Fold Heistad Cup

Rolled folds are folds which utilize the rolling mill and it’s unique properties of equal, directional pressure on the plastic metal. Many pleated folds work well as do a series of flattened T-folds of various types. This one demonstrates…

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Lamination of Non Ferrous Metals by Diffusion

We have been interested in Mokume-gane for a number of years. The only information we could find was by the soldering of different metals, cutting in half, resoldering to increase the number of layers and then exposing those laminates by punching…

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Shaping Non Ferrous Metals

The motivation for undertaking this research was to establish a more expedient process to achieve volumetric forms in non ferreous metals. With the availability of commercial seamless tubings it seemed logical to develop working techniques…

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Cluster Ring Assembly

One of the most difficult types of construction in jewelry is assembling a cluster of settings supported by a wire cage or basket. In this project, a marquis shaped center stone is surrounded by twenty two diamond melee with a total weight of…

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Coil Metal Corrugation

While researching ancient design I have been fascinated with basic shapes from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, ancient Celts, pictographs and petroglyphs. Did you know that zigzag or wave pattern was the earliest symbolic motif recorded?…

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Sheet Metal Tool Modification

Sheet Metal Tool Modification, Look for: WISS Hand Seamer (as LAST resort BRAMEC or VISE-GRIP) sheet metal bending tools and modify as shown. Recommended for quick, tight crimping! I prefer the Wiss Hand Seamer Model HS-1 or as a LAST resort…

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The Practical Hydraulic Press

How do you solve the problem of producing a limited edition of hand wrought, hollow forms in a reasonable amount of time, and yet have them fit together and look fairly identical without looking machine made? Raising, chasing or masonite die-forming…

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Hollow Ring Project

One of metal’s unique qualities is its ability to be shaped and formed without breaking – its malleability. The hollow ring project demonstrates the fabrication of a shell structure, a type of construction used frequently in goldsmithing…

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Fearless Platinum Repairs

What does it take to be successful at repairing, customizing, and servicing platinum jewelry? First, an understanding of properties unique to platinum. When platinum is mined, it is usually found with one or more of its five sister metals,…

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Steps on Making a Basic T-fold

This article describes the steps to making a basic T-fold, one of the main categories of fold-forming. Numerous variations are possible from this simple starting place.

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Solder Flow Retardant Notes

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…

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Firescale Prevention During Vacuum Casting

Firescale has been the scourge of sterling silver casters since the first silver was poured into a mold. It has been a thorn in the side of silver fabricators. Fortunately there are ways to prevent fire scale while silver soldering. This paper…

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Metal Rolling and Drawing

Rolling can be thought of as a local, or isolated, deformation process during which thickness is decreased, length increased, and width remains unchanged. Drawing is different from rolling in that the pressure of drawing it not transmitted…

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Curb and Cable Chains Project

There are hundreds of different types of chains, each with its own system of assembly. Most chains are assembled from individual links. In some chains, such as the foxtail, the links are individually soldered closed and then assembled. In…

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Aluminum: Welded and Wearable

The purpose of this paper is to acquaint the reader with the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing aluminum as a material for construction of wearable ornaments. In high-purity form aluminum is soft and ductile. Most commercial uses,…

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Soldering Parts Using Pourable Soldering Jig

There is a great way of doing very complex and repeated solderings in one go. This very important method uses casting and soldering investment is to set up multiple solderings at once. The idea is that you take clay (I prefer real clay, not plasticine…

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Box Clasp Fabrication

One of the most important types of closures used in jewelry is the box clasp. This clasp and its many variations are usually built into jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, and chains. However, as an exercise, this project demonstrates the…

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What Kind of Torch Do You Need?

With so many torches on the market, a first-time buyer can be quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number of decisions that have to be made. Choosing a fuel, fitting the right tips, and determining the type of flame you need are just the beginning.…

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Award Winning Cufflinks by Bill Holman

These cufflinks designed by Bill Holman were award winners in the AGTA 2004 Spectrum design competition. They are 18-karat yellow gold and feature Drusy agates with a 24-karat deposition layer over the exposed crystal formation. The small…

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Protecting Gems While Soldering

Repair jewelers are frequently called upon to solder close in to a set gemstone. Besides the normal dangers of heating a gem in these days of glass infills and other challenges it behooves a jeweler to keep a gemstone cool during soldering if…

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How to Make a Forged Platinum Pearl Ring

This project will teach welding, soldering and forging techniques. The ring is a handsome, plain design and can be applied to many applications. To make this ring, you will need.

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Pulse-Arc-Welder: Ring Prong Replacement

This 14-karat yellow gold, emerald and diamond ring has a broken prong requiring prong replacement. Steece Hermanson will replace the prong and reset the displaced emerald without un-mounting any of the gemstones. For this, he uses the ABI…

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Goldsmithing: Fusing Technique

When precious metal is heated to temperatures approaching its melting point there is a short span during which the outer layer or skin begins to melt while the interior remains solid. Or, to say the same thing technically, the interior remains…

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Chain and Bracelet Catches 1

The first requirement of all catches is that they secure neckpieces and bracelets in such a way that they will not fall off the wearer. Once this is accomplished, there are other concerns that should be addressed. Making catches requires a high…

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Chain and Bracelet Catches 2

Box catches lend themselves to a wide range of shapes and are frequently used on chains, bracelets and cuff bracelets. They combine security with ease of use and the ability to be adapted to the needs of each design. After mastering the basics,…

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Making Custom-Designed Diamond and Tourmaline Earrings

The customer has selected the pair of earrings shown the rough sketch. The top portion is cast, the bottom piece is hand fabricated and the two units are joined by wire links. Materials used in the custom designed earrings include: 14-karat…

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Steps on Making a Chased Wedge T-fold

This article describes the steps to making a chased wedge T-fold. To begin with a loop is made from a rectangular piece of sheet metal. The loop is placed into the vise and the jaws clinched tight onto the loop. You can see the angle the loop is tilted…

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Making a Platinum Wire Setting

These materials are for a platinum pendant and they include wire made of a platinum iridium alloy. This article covers a manufacturing method using tack-welding technology for making the wire setting for a pendant with a movable bail.

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Welding Technology Tool Modifications Part 1

Proper holding and firm contact between parts during tack-, fusion- and pulse-arc-welding is essential. Aside from pieces not meeting properly, most destructive discharges result from poor holding and/or insufficient contact. A destructive…

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Producing Semi-Fabricated Platinum Products

It is also vital to know the basic forms of semi-fabricated Platinum product that are generally available and how to best use them in completing a jewelry project. This article addresses three forms of semi-fabricated platinum product: sheet,…

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How to Make a Three Stone Dangle Pendant

The assembly of this three stone pendant pendant appears simple but when using traditional methods to position and join the tiny parts it can be tricky and time consuming. Each of the bezel units will be connected by jump rings and will dangle…

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Making a Double Domed Pendant

This article covers techniques for making an 18-karat double domed yellow gold pendant. The front side will have a bezel set round brilliant tsavorite garnet. The back side is open and pierced. Tack- and pulse-arc welding technology were…

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Pulse-Arc-Welder: Sterling Silver Bracelet

To demonstrate how pulse-arc welding performs on sterling silver, this bracelet was cast, finished and assembled without the use of a torch. The six links immediately adjacent to the clasp on the bracelet are made with a common sterling silver…

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Remount Preparation Using Tack Welding

Tacking settings in location on remounts using tack-welding technology offers the bench jeweler many advantages over traditional assembly methods… Tack-welding provides a temporary working weld of the setting between it and the ring.…

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Welding Technology Tool Modifications Part 2

Custom jewelry projects for tack-, fusion-, and pulse-arc-welding sometimes call for special welding tool lead attachments. Bench jewelers often make the required leads using standard bench tools to better hold parts for pre-assembly…

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Steps on Making a T-Fold with Table Insert

This page describes the steps to using a table insert in a T-fold. A table insert is an object, or a composition of a group of objects, inserted into the table when it is made, and then trapped. Items to try include, washers, shapes of 16 gauge iron…

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Making a White Gold and Turquoise Cameo Pendant

This article covers techniques for making this custom designed 14-karat white and 22-karat yellow gold granulated pendant for a customers turquoise cameo purchased while traveling overseas. The cameo will be set in a wire loop bezel and…

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Making a Crown Using Welding Technology

David and Diana Howard, owners of My Jeweler, Inc. in Albuquerque , NM recently worked with a local church to design and manufacture a crown to be placed on a popular church icon painting. The churchs parishioners donated jewelry to the cause.…

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Fixturing Using Welding Technology

Fixturing is a technique of using tack- and/or pulse-arc welding technology to temporarily position parts prior to soldering, pulse-arc or laser-welding. Repair, reconstruction, assembly, custom manufacturing and mass production…

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Laser Welding Replacing Soldering

When first starting to work with the laser welders, operators should experiment with five or six different alloys commonly used. It is also recommended to source different types of alloys in casting and strip/stamping form. This gives the…

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Jewelry Repairs with ABI Mini Pulse Arc III

This article covers routine repair and assembly projects accomplished using Mini Pulse Arc III. Tack-, fusion- and pulse-arc equipment settings will differ and are based upon the volume, amount of contact and alloy of the material you are…

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Pearl Earring Repair Using Mini Pulse III

14-karat yellow gold cultured freshwater pearl and diamond earrings will be repaired as a demonstration of the new Mini Pulse III. The connecting post and dangle jump rings were not soldered when originally made. One of the dangles has become…

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How to Make a Carrick Mat Knot

Step by Step Tutorial – Making Three-lead Four-bight Turks-head. The Turks-Head is a general class of three-dimensional knot that lends itself well to decorative uses. Materials required: 18ga Silver wire…

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Steps on Making a T-Fold Boat Fold

The boat fold branch of T-folds is an interesting avenue. It permits you to have a curving, concave table, and to produce shaped tables as well as other complex derivations. The basic boat is begun by making a wedge T-fold. After the first angle…

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Anticlastic Raising Basics

The word synclastic describes a form in which the dominant curves both move in the same direction. When the two dominant axes curve in opposite directions the result is known as an anticlastic form. A bowl is a synclastic form and a saddle is an…

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Comparative Analysis of Three Welding Systems

AJM Magazine asked me to perform a comparative analysis of three welding systems performance in several different precious metal welding applications. I was to analyze the PUK 2 spot welder, which was developed by Lampert Tools USA Inc. and…

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The Jewelry of Cynthia Eid

Standing in her forming studio, surrounded by hammers, stakes, and photo equipment, metalsmith Cynthia Eid is experiencing a moment of excitement. Even though she has finessed metal into altered states for 30 years, this decisive moment…

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Jewelry Using a Microfold Brake

With a simple corrugation tool and basic metalsmithing skills, you can make these great earrings. The newest toy in my studio is a Microfold Brake. I have been having a wonderful time learning what can be done with this tool, experimenting and…

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950 Palladium: Making a 3-Stone Ring

When heated to high heat soldering temperatures, some 950 palladium alloys will develop a bluish-purple surface discoloration. It is easily removed by briefly and mildly heating the piece with a neutral flame. When palladium is heated to…

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Making a Pearl and Diamond Ring

This illustration is of a 14-karat white gold ring for three cultured freshwater pearls and two small accent diamonds. After preparing the wax, casting and pre-finishing, the ring was prepared for tack welding. There are 5 parts to be tacked…

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950 Palladium: White Metal Alloys

Of late, an increasing number of white precious metal alloys have been introduced into the jewelry marketplace in answer to industry cries for a true white counterpart to the ever popular yellow gold. The search has been on for a workable white…

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Custom Made Jewelry Findings

Hali Baykov offers here some diagrams and notes, with the basic steps in making specialized findings, including double pins and the use of a gallery to ensure there is good support and alignment with the brooches.

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Architectural Portraits of Vicki Ambery-Smith

For nearly 30 years, Ambery-Smith has been using architecture as an inspiration for her work. Her name has become synonymous with finely wrought precious metal jewelry, boxes, and condiment sets whose inspiration lies in Renaissance, Palladian,…

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950 Palladium: Fabricating Custom Earrings

This article examines manufacturing procedures used to hand fabricate 950 palladium earrings. These custom earrings designed by Lainie Mann feature cultured mabe pearls and pink sapphires set into hand formed and fabricated 950 palladium.…

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Pulse-Arc-Welder: Creating Jewelry

For this project, the No. 1 tip was used with the ABI Pulse Arc Welder. Five tips come with the unit giving the user multiple choices for the wide variety of welding applications commonly encountered by bench jeweler generalists. Periodically,…

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How To Avoid Destructive Tack-Welds

As a technical adviser to bench jewelers I often troubleshoot tack-, fusion- and pulse-arc-welding applications. One of the more frequently asked questions is related to what causes destructive tack-welds. Destructive tack-welds fail…

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Platinum Jewelry Advanced Joining Techniques

Joining is a very important production technique in the field of jewelry production. Therefore it is useful to know, what kinds of different joining techniques are possible. This paper will give you a rough overlook on joining techniques…

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Creating a 950 Palladium and Diamond Ring

This ring design provides an excellent example for gemstone setting and working characteristics of 950 palladium. The superior white color of the alloy, its malleability and overall strength provide a sound and secure setting for the treasured…

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950 Palladium: 22K Granulation Wedding Band

This band was designed and rendered using Gemvision Matrix jewelry
design software. The 22-karat granulation beads measure
approxiametely 1.0 millimeter and have a small space between them.
The 22-karat granulation…

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Customized Stock Earrings

This project features a stock pair of earrings that are customized for cultured pearls. The request was to design earrings that would be unique, modern and functional – within a tight budget. To prepare them for the addition of 22-karat yellow…

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Reconstructing Earrings Using Welding Technology

These fashion drop earrings contain oval diamonds weighing 1.78 carats. The customer is concerned about loss because of the open design of the ear wires. She would also like the earrings to freely dangle and move when worn. To accommodate this…

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Pulse-Arc-Welder: Closing Chains

This sterling silver chocker chain is handmade from 16 gauge round wire. It has multiple interlocking links. The customer leads a very active lifestyle and has small children so she prefers the links be permanently closed.

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950 Palladium: Selling Points

Designers and manufacturers have embraced 950 palladium alloys for a variety of jewelry manufacturing products. At the recent JA Jewelry Show in New York, most prominent among the new 950 palladium products were bridal lines featuring a…

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950 Palladium: Superior White Color

Striking differences between elements such as color, tone, texture, reflection, refraction, pattern and shape create contrast. Contrast not only enhances the qualities of each juxtaposed element, but can also create a pleasing balance…

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950 Palladium: Setting Fabrication

This simple pendant design will be made with 950 palladium wire. Tack-welding technology will be used to temporarily hold the prong wires prior to soldering to the lower bezel gallery wire. The trillion shaped Danburite weighs 6.4 carats…

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Introduction to Weaving Metal

Textile techniques are traditionally worked with fibers such as linen, cotton and silk. However, they can also be applied to metal.
I weave high karat gold and platinum sheet and wire by hand. The process of weaving creates fabric. I shape…

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950 Palladium Bridal Jewelry Manufacturing

Retailers have been converting bridal inventories from white gold to palladium as manufacturers expand the selection of new palladium jewelry designs. In addition to stocking palladium pieces, they have been custom making bridal jewelry…

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Making a 950 Palladium Signet Ring

The natural beauty of this white, bright and light palladium ring is enhanced with hand engraving of initials done in relief. 950 palladium manufacturing methods and techniques covered in this project are:
a) Injection wax preparation…

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Laser Platinum Fabrication

It is becoming common practice to do more and more platinum fabrication with a laser welder. For this project, you need about a foot of 0.25 mm hard platinum wire. You can purchase hard wire from a metal supplier, or draw it down from a larger size…

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Granulation Using Fusion Welding

This ring is manufactured using Hoover and Strongs 14-karat white gold alloyed with palladium. It was cast using standard casting methods and materials for gold and silver. The pearl post were fabricated and soldered after casting and pre-finishing.…

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Bracelet Tongue Replacement

With the popularity of tennis bracelets over the last 20 years replacing broken tongues has become a common repair in the jewelry shop. Typically these are replaced by soldering a new tongue in place. However, using a torch to solder a tongue…

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Laser Mokume – The Satow Method

The traditional Mokume process yields very beautiful results but is extremely labor intensive. Along with the high price of labor is the large amount of waste. The shape of the finished product is also limited to the limits of the ancient process,…

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Manufacturing Mokume Gane Jewelry

Mokume gane translated from Japanese means “wood eye metal”. This rare metal lamination process was developed and used by Japanese craftsmen in the 17th century for the adornment of samurai swords. Today, mokume gane jewelry is growing in…

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950 Palladium and Tahitian Pearl Earrings

These 950 Palladium earrings were designed by Tom McLaughlin of Lennons Jewelers, Syracuse, NY. The top portion of the design is bead set with small round brilliant diamonds on one side. When worn, the bottom portion swivels and is bead set…

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Installing New Tapered Bezels

This ring is in for repair and reconstruction. When it was originally made, 6-prong settings were used to mount the customers diamonds. All prong tops are severely worn and one prong has broken. The customer has requested bezel settings, so…

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Setting and Shank Assemblies

Setting and shank assemblies are routine work in many retail manufacturing jewelry shops. Heres a method for expediting this process using ABI tack-welding technology.

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How to Build Up a Thin Shank

This cultured pearl and diamond 14K yellow gold ring is in for sizing. When the take-in person inspected the ring, they noticed that the top portion of the ring shank had worn thin. The shank has become thin and sharp at the top portion. It will…

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Cultured Baroque Pearl Necklace

This story details manufacturing and assembly steps for a cultured baroque pearl necklace with yellow gold design elements. pearl necklace. The featured necklace combines cultured white baroque pearls with cultured naturally colored…

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950 Palladium: Casting Procedures

With the jewelry industrys acceptance and increased use of new 950 palladium alloys for jewelry design and manufacturing, its fundamental to have a general understanding of related casting procedures. In this installment of the 950 palladium…

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950 Palladium: Manufacturing Tips and Techniques

The “other white metal” is making its presence known and it wont be long before light, bright and white 950 palladium products find their way to your workbench, either as merchandise from your store or customers jewelry taken in for service…

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Palladium Q&As

Its no secret that palladium has captured the attention of the industry. In 2005, purchase of palladium for jewelry use worldwide shot up by 54 percent, according to Johnson Mattheys Platinum 2006, and this past year has seen a proliferation…

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Steps on Making a Plunkett Fold

One of the most intriguing, and fastest ways to make fold-forms are in the Rolled fold part of the system. Rolled folds use the special, even pressure of the rolling mill to work the metal. They are either a package folded up and put through the…

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Double Tongue Tube Box Clasp

This project is a slight variation on the standard box clasp, the clasp outlined here uses two tongues rather than one. This means that the clasp is much more secure, so theres no need for the figure of 8 safety mechanism which can sometimes spoil…

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Cold Connections for Hinged Tabs

Cold connections are great alternatives to soldering, especially if you want to use fragile or flammable materials in your jewelry designs. Cold connections have many variations, and this project will give you a closer look at hinged tabs…

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How to Make Your Own Locket

Before photography, lockets were decorated with miniature, handpainted portraits — a luxury few could afford. The advent of affordable photographic miniatures propelled the locket to the forefront of jewelry fashion during the sentimental…

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Using Coils To Bend Tubing

Many tools sold in model/hobby stores can be used for jewelry making. During a recent visit to a hobby shop, I found these tube bending coils, which model makers use to build models that require bent tubing. Jewelry makers will find these coils…

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Set Up Your Torch

OK. You have just brought home your first acetylene tank and are ready to attach your new acetylene/air torch. This is the day you have dreamed of — soldering at home, in your workshop — yet there is that nagging doubt in the back of your head.…

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How to Make a Pewter Sake Cup

Pewter, an alloy of tin, antimony, and copper, dominated European tableware for half a millennium until it was eclipsed by porcelain in the early 19th century. Now, almost two hundred years later pewter has entered a renaissance in the hands…

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950 Palladium: Laser Welding Techniques

According to Frank McAllister, the quantity of individual pieces of jewelry made from 950 palladium has surpassed the same for platinum products in the recent months. McAllister, CEO of the Stillwater Mining Co. calculated this based upon…

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950 Palladium: Finishing Procedures

Practicing specific procedures for pre-finishing and polishing of 950 palladium will make a stunning difference in the final presentation of this fine jewelry product.
finishing palladium This 950 Pd wedding band design was made…

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The PUK Fine Welding Devices

For two years now, the manufacturer Lampert has been cooperating with the Laboratory for Welding Technology and Thermal Treatment at the Polytechnic College in Wrzburg-Schweinfurt. Test series and fundamental scientific research is…

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950 Palladium Bench Guide

The palladium bench guide reviews the working characteristics of palladium for the jewelry bench staff and provides an overview of the unique advantages and benefits of palladium jewelry for managers, sales professionals and consumers.…

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950 Palladium: Successful Design Considerations

Well designed 950 palladium jewelry plays to the strengths of this unique metal — the aesthetics of its light, bright, white color, weight and ‘#39;feel’#39;. It’#39;s a joy to create a beautiful piece of jewelry which delights the wearer,…

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950 Palladium: Unique Manufacturing Process

This Unique Settings ring is an excellent design for palladium with heavy, low-profile prongs for the 1.50 carat center diamond, ample wall thickness for setting the baguettes and supporting the overall structure and sufficient room for…

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950 Palladium: Gemstone Setting

Setting gemstones in 950 palladium alloys is a bench jeweler’#39;s dream. Stone setters will agree that the combination of palladium’#39;s malleability, superior strength and the near absence of memory (spring-back) when it is bent or…

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950 Palladium: Manufacturing Methods

Palladium, long used as a luxurious jewelry metal, has recently experienced renewed interest largely due to its purity, natural white color and affordable pricing. Modern 950 palladium alloys containing various trace elements are superior…

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950 Palladium: Stock Mountings and Findings

The reintroduction of white, bright and light palladium for use in the jewelry industry has quickly introduced an expanding assortment of palladium stock items offered in a variety of palladium alloys. It is very important to know about the…

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950 Palladium: Custom Made Components

When making custom jewelry with any alloy, certain components within the piece are often hand made to enhance the final product. In the two 950 palladium pieces featured in this article, a handmade chain and a bracelet catch are custom made…

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Combining Yellow Gold and Palladium

Jewelry designers are discovering that the bright, white color of palladium creates a beautifully distinct contrast to the warm rich hues of yellow gold. Its affordability and light weight can also provide an ample canvas for accents of colored…

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Production Methods for Palladium Chain Making

As proudly proclaimed in its name, Balestra 1882 has manufactured high quality gold and platinum chain in Italy since 1882. Now a global organization, its operations have extended far beyond the city of its birth. Last fall, they started researching…

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Fold Forming Tool List

These are some of the metal ‘ tools that you will find useful in fold-forming. Ear muffs or plugs and safety glasses.

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Tricks for Hollow Rings with Miniature Stakes

Make the inner band the desired size first. 18 or 20 gauge is about right. Next make the bezel or inlay unit if it is an integral part of the design. Cut a paper template of the desired ring shape from stiff paper that fits over the inner band. The top…

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Making Silver Whistles

Okay, so this is a bit esoteric. I mean, how many people do you know that make silver whistles. It all started with a commission from a captain of a racing yacht. He had lost his whistle and he wanted me to make one that also had the shape of a Christian…

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Laser Welding Sterling Silver

In laser welding of Sterling Silver ‘ lower silver bearing alloys (coin silver) we have about seven choices in laser wire.

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How to Make a Three-Part Silver Ring

Using a relatively inexpensive metal and casting it in an ingot mold, you can create a sophisticated design at the low price point many cash-strapped consumers are looking for these days. Using silver casting grain minimizes costs and maximizes…

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Speedwire Solving Problems for Laser Welding

When Glenn Manning of Manning Jewelry in Foley, Alabama, bought his first laser welder almost a decade ago, he thought it was a magnificent piece of equipment. But He soon realized that while the laser welder had many advantages over traditional…

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Magnesia Blocks Myth Debunked

Myth: Magnesia blocks are superior soldering surfaces to charcoal blocks: A topic that seems to raise a fair amount of spirited discussion and strong opinions is what is the best soldering surface: firebrick, charcoal, magnesia, solderite…

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Textile Techniques in Jewelry Making

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…

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6 Basic Wire Skills to Make a Necklace

The links in this 16-in. (40.6cm) necklace are forged so they become flat and work-hardened. The pearl in the featured necklace is held in place merely by the tension between the wire loops in the pendant. Four styles of links define the spare…

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Scoring and Bending Procedures

Silicon carbide separating discs are superb for scoring metal for bending, particularly when the metal sheet is less than 4 or 5 cm across. While I was originally taught to use discs for catch building which involves only straight lines I discovered…

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Making a Bezel

Making a bezel for many stones such as an antique cushion garnet can be difficult when the mandrels on hand do not fit. With the miniature stakes the whole process is quick and easy. The side benefit is that they are more precise than only using…

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Methods to Effectively Bend Tubing

Jewelers need to bend tubing for various constructions, including neckpieces, earrings, catches, and cuff links. Normally, precious metal tubes are quite thin (between 0.3 and 0.5 mm) because of material cost. At these thicknesses, tubes…

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Forged Leaf Brooch Tutorial

Use basic metalsmithing skills to create a brooch inspired by forms found in nature. Since the earliest civilizations, the leaf shape has been an inspiration for jewelry. With this 4 1/2 x 13/4-in. (11.4 x 4.4cm) brooch, you can evoke the beauty…

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CAD/CAM Impact on Jewellery Fabrication

This paper looks at the impact computer technology, specifically CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture), has had on jewelry fabrication during the 20th century. This is a topic not covered in the existing course outline,…

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Superfit’s Hinge and Latch System

Getting a superior fit on your next custom ring order could be just a few mouse clicks away. Superfit Inc., the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer known for its tailor-fit shanks, recently launched Digital Installations,…

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Full eBook: Doming Silver Beads

Full eBook. 96 Pages. If you’ve ever dreamed of making perfect silver beads every time, then this manual is just what you are looking for since Nancy shows you step-by-step with illustrations how to do it.

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How To Make Leaves from Metal

A short while back I prepared this short photo tutorial showing how I make leaves from metal. I have use this method whenever shaping leaves that adorn my creations. The tools are minimal and the process is straight forward. The leaf shown was…

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Basic Spiral Braiding
[Step by Step] This five-strand spiral braid is made using one of the many textile techniques that Professor Arline Fisch demonstrated at the “Textile Techniques in Metals” workshop at the Bead’Button Show in June 2006. The simplicity of…

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The Different Kinds of Line-Folds

Line-folds offer a large area of exploration. In addition to the use of line-folds by themselves, it is valuable to understand them because the principles involved will show up again in many other folds. If we were making a family tree, line-folds…

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Debunking Three Myths About Sawing

In thinking about the daily tasks that I undertake at the bench, I realized how easy it is to fall back on old habits, and to make assumptions and generalizations, particularly about the accuracy of things that I was taught early on in my career.…

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Steps on Making a Leaf or Ruffle

This fold is an example of forging on the open side, and introduces how to use hardness dams in foldforming. Dams are work hardened spots, lines, or patterns within the sheet. This form illustrates the way we can use hardness dams to direct the…

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The Rush Job From Hell

In the jewelry business we all get rush jobs but I think this one may just get the prize for being the most work in 48 hours anyone has ever tried to get done. This nice young executive from the Trek Bicycle Corporation called us in a panic and said…

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Working With Alternative Metals

With the high price of gold, jewelry makers are looking to incorporate alternative metals into their lines. I frequently work with palladium and stainless steel in my shop. The following are a few tips and tricks you can use to work more effectively…

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How to Make Sharp Corner Cuts

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. …

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How to Make Hoop Earrings

Tom Dougherty of Studio 2015 in Woodstock, Illinois, had an interesting process to share about making hoop earrings from tubing. He learned the process from Kenneth Guth, a neighboring goldsmith and acclaimed knife maker. By all accounts,…

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How to Make a Heistad Cup

Fold-forming is a hand-working technique applied to single sheets of metal to create surfaces and three-dimensional forms quickly without soldering. It relies on the metal’s plasticity and ductility to make hundreds of complex forms resembling…

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How to Use the Conduction Soldering Technique

The soldering process, used extensively in all aspects of jewelry manufacturing and repair, joins two or more pieces of metal together and when done properly, will result in a virtually undetectable seam. A better understanding of the soldering…

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Perfectly Fit Bezel

Joints that fit well make soldering a snap. The next time you need to solder or fuse a bezel, try using a separating disc, which has even abrasive sides, to slice through the bezel stock first. This quick procedure minimizes gaps and ensures a…

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Design Layout Tip

Designing stock pieces for my jewelry store has never been more fun than it is now that I have a laser welder in my shop. When I was learning to use the laser, one of the trainers gave me a fun tip for assembling my designs that I love to share with other…

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Transform Nails To Riveting Tools

Soldering is a quick and easy method for joining metals. But sometimes two metals require a connection for which soldering is not an option. Rivets or cold connections are the perfect answer and can add a striking detail to your construction.…

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Palladium Annealing and Soldering

If you’re just starting to work with palladium or interested in taking the leap, you should know a few critical details about its working characteristics. Palladium isn’t difficult to work with; it’s just different. Combining some gold habits…

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Basic Sawing Techniques

In this article, we will continue our Back to Basics Series with an article on Sawing techniques.

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Bypass Shank Ring Assembly

Rings with by-pass shanks are right hand and left hand specific and are not interchangeable. When creating a ring with a by-pass shank, the side of the shank closest to the hand should come from the side of little finger. The ring will then sit…

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Casting

Video showing how the casting process is made.

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Exclusive jewellery earrings

Earring “Flamma”. Damascus: Demidov V. Artel “TAU”. Saint-Petersburg. Russia. Artel “TAU” creates jewelry designs, video and photography.

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Enameling

This is a video of a work in progress on it’s way towards being enameled!…

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Hollow Forms with Jaydan Moore

Jadan shows viewers how to make a hollow form ring with its most basic components and offers his personal tips on pick soldering.

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Easy No Chemical Oxidation Patina

Using eggs to antique a silver coin ring. Method can be used on any sterling or copper jewelry. No Liver of sulfur or black max needed. Visit www.Coinringtools.com for coin ring making supplies.

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Learning from a little fairy – 6

An 8 y.o. kid learning jewelry , being for the very first time in a goldsmith workplace . Amazing skills and comprehension of the processes , little Oli is playing , learning the specific tasks without scientific formulas , but simple common…

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Learning from a little fairy – 5

Oli’s playing at …the sawframe ! An 8 y.o. kid learning jewelry , being for the very first time in a goldsmith workplace . Amazing skills and comprehension of the processes , little Oli is playing , learning the specific tasks without…

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Learning from a little fairy – 4

” I GOT STRENGHT ! ” Says little fairy Oli , working for the first time with a rolling mill . An 8 y.o. kid learning jewelry , being for the very first time in a goldsmith workplace . Amazing skills and comprehension of the processes…

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Learning from a little fairy – 3

An 8 y.o. kid learning jewelry , being for the very first time in a goldsmith workplace . Amazing skills and comprehension of the processes , little Oli is playing , learning the specific tasks without scientific formulas , but simple common…

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Learning from a little fairy – 2

Second video of the series , where Oli is still trying hard to work with a broken plier and a wounded toe . I didn’t realize that but only after the process was over , and I feel very guilty for that . That’s why in the next series ,……

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Learning from a little fairy -1

First video of the series , where Oli is trying hard to work with a broken plier . I didn’t realize that but only after the process was over , and I feel very guilty for that . That’s why in the next series , Little Fairy will have brand……

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Little Fairy – promo

This is for getting your attention only . Next , you’ll see how a child could give you lessons in the trade .

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Clasp with an eagle and its prey

Clasp with an eagle and its prey Gold, turquoise inlay Parthian (Iran) ca. A.D. 1st2nd century This solid gold ornament is in the form of a roundel with two projecting elements that have slots for the attachment of a strap. The rim of the roundel,…

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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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Steel Texturing with the Oxygen Acetylene Torch

The reason that I texture steel is to bring depth and dimension to a flat piece of mild steel. Once the steel is molten or fluid, the metal can be moved around to create textures and patterns…

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Jerry’s Basic Jewelry Benchwork 4: Making aiglets

If you are a historical reenactor, making aiglets can be hard to do if you have never done it. This video will show you how to take a flat piece of brass and form a completed aiglet. This video works on the assumption that you have already made a mandrel,……

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Close-up of Bright-Cut silver plate

In this second video I show how a simple graver can cut a design. I show on my shellac stick how it originally started. Although the video is not too long, examples speak for them selves. My next few videos on actual Bright-Cutting will be made in…

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Minoru Hotta

Minoru Hotta combines hundreds of cubes and rectangular solids. And here is how he does it…

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Using a mouth-pipe to solder

The second video was to be about setting up your bench and a basic set of tools you will need but due to a comment from a friend of mine, I have already gone off topic. This shows that everyone has something new to learn! ? Lets just chalk this……

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Jerry’s Basic Jewelry Benchwork 1

The first of my video’s showing basic processes for benchwork. I hope my passion for jewelry becomes your passion! This one is just a quick intro about the video’s and myself. The first class on tools coming soon.

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Pendant fabrication by Temprell

Commissioned handmade pendant in silver, 22.60ct blue topaz. This unique & individual piece was inspired by our customer & finely crafted by Temprell to her specific requirements.

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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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Time Regained

Nel Romano’s film, made to accompany the exhibition, gives a rare view of Kevin Coates at work in his studio, talking about his work at the Wallace Collection, and captures the genesis of the ‘Hundred-Sunned Phenix’ centrepiece…

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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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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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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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Hand Engraved Love Token Silver Coin by Shaun Hughes

Love tokens have been made for 100 of years. I wanted to learn hand engraving,and this is a good way to practice,and create something that can be sold,at the same times. If your interested,search for hobo nickels,which is similar,but involves…

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Palladium Melt

How to use a TIG torch to melt scrap 950 TruPd for an ingot. Follow Ganoksin Guide to Industry Web Sites Mfr.#8 Lindsey Jewelers.

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Making a Pd/18K Cross

Using TIG welding to manufacture a 950 TruPd & 18KY Cross. The seat for the center was made by sawing two slits and then dapping the metal. The center stone was placed in the mounting and the channel on one side was welded to hold the stone in.…

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950 TruPd solitair

This mount was fabricated using 950TruPd. Note that the raised areas cause from hammering the taper in the shank were melted back into the shank. There was little problem changing the width at the top and adding it to the bottom. Build up areas…

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Pd Bypass ring

A ring fabricated with 950 Pd using an industrial TIG machine to fuse the joints. Demonstrates integrity of this type of weld.

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Blooming Beauty Flower Ring

Our designer engagement ring setting called the Blooming Beauty Flower Ring, available at http://www.BloomingBeautyRing.com…

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Creative Connectors in Jewelry Making

This is an excerpt from James Carter Studio’s new DVD produced in November 2012 entitled “Metalsmithing Basics.” This is a comprehensive 2-DVD set for beginners and is available on www.jamescarterstudio.com.

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Topaz Ring

A topaz ring hand forged in fine silver with gold bezel. <3…

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Ring

Irish symbol of friendship, love and loyalty. Silver Ring. Dark-blue topaz stone, and natural pearls. P.s. wonderful gift for your beloved (:…

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How to Handle the Flexshaft and Handpiece

In the course of my 30 years in the jewelry industry, I can recall many instances of damaged equipment and potentially dangerous situations caused by how the handpiece is connected to the flexshaft. Here are a few observations that can make…

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How to Use the Conduction Soldering Technique

The soldering process, used extensively in all aspects of jewelry manufacturing and repair, joins two or more pieces of metal together and when done properly, will result in a virtually undetectable seam. A better understanding of the soldering…

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How to Modify a Goldsmith Hammer

Jewelers and metalsmiths have had to make their own tools throughout the ages to accomplish different tasks at the jeweler’s bench. One tool a jeweler can’t do without is a hammer. Today, many styles of hammers, made in a variety…

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Ergonomics for Bench Pin Modifications

Ergonomics is the safe and effective relationship between a worker and the work environment. For the bench jeweler who spends hours working with a bench pin, it is important to make it work efficiently and effectively for you. There are many…

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How to Modify a Goldsmith Hammer

Jewelers and metalsmiths have had to make their own tools throughout the ages to accomplish different tasks at the jeweler’s bench. One tool a jeweler can’t do without is a hammer. Today, many styles of hammers, made in a variety…

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Quickly, Accurately Saw Around a Sharp Corner

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.

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Double Ended Ring

www.jewelryarts.com Learn how to make a simple double ended ring. video courtesy of about.com…

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brooch.

handmade jewelry made ??of silver.

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CORAL 3

Coral brooch 18k gold , handmade .

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brooch.

Filigree vintage jewelry. P.s. Despite the autumnal mood, all a Happy New Year!)…

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CORAL 1

Coral brooch , 18 kt white & yellow gold .

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DRAGONFLY

dragonfly hollow jewelry brooch 18k gold handmade diamonds saphire plique a jour enameling skils art design…

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Earrings

Boxes: Marquis cut garnets 3 / 6 – 6 stones. phianites – 40 white stones (stone size of the smallest 0.9 mm, the largest – 2 mm). – 2 orange stone (diameter 1.25) A total of 48 stones. hand made.

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Matt Mini-Lathe Intro

The Matt Mini-Lathe removes wax on all kinds of circular and cylindrical forms to help you create bands, bezels, settings, coin holders—all kinds of circular wax models.

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Matt Trimmer: Creating Basic Ring Shape with Accuracy

The basic shape of your ring dictates the accuracy of the entire design. Learn how to create that shape with precision. See how the Matt Ring Template assists you in accurately transferring the ring shape onto wax. Save time and avoid problems…

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Getting Started with the Matt Trimmer Wax Trimming Tool

Create the basic structure of a wax ring model with accuracy. With the Matt Trimmer you can precisely file and shape straight or curved surfaces quickly and efficiently. The Matt Trimmer also cuts grooves and channels in tapered or cylindrical…

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Weaving Wax Technique with the Matt Gun

Working with the Matt Gun – The red wax is strong but flexible and resilient. This video demonstrates the weaving technique. The red wax is also excellent for making prongs, pearl pegs and sprues.

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Matt Gun – Working with the Blue Wax

Designing jewelry with the Matt wax extrusion gun. The blue wax is specially formulated to cool quickly, allowing the jeweler to design on an object, in air or with a pattern.

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Michael’s Designs & ArtCAM

Michael Buckley from Michael’s Designs describes himself as a jeweller who has come from a traditional hand crafted approach to making jewellery where he owned a small shop to now being at the forefront of the jewellery industry. He…

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Ballerina Ring

Short preview of my DVD Ballerina Ring, which depict the process of fabrication Ballerina style ring.

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Use a Split Mandrel for Finishing Round Bezels

A bench jeweler typically uses a split mandrel to sand and finish the inside of a ring. Various grits of abrasive papers can be cut to size and inserted into the slit of the mandrel, where they are held by friction during the rotary filing process.…

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PANDORA’S GARDEN

Project of a static silver jewelry showing some flowers and the hidden beauty in wich they are together .

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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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Flower Pendant – Part 3

Fabricating a flower pendant, last part. Silver and enamel. music: A Journey Within by Bjorn Lynne Lynne Publishing (shokwave-sound.com)…

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Flower Pendant – Part 2

Fabricating a flower pendant, part 2 music: A Journey Within by Bjorn Lynne Lynne Publishing (shokwave-sound.com)…

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Flower Pendant – Part 1

Fabricating a flower pendant, based on a drawing by a classmate of mine. sterling silver and enamel (music by Oceanlab)…

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Coiling tube

I made this tube coiling device based on a post by David Cruickshank. The drawbench I made up myself.

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ZODIAC WEDDING RINGS 2

Zodiac symbols wedding rings , 18k , handmade . (Video player is malfunctioning , size and speed are wrong).

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ZODIAC WEDDING RINGS 1

One of a kind wedding rings , zodiac symbols motiff. The owners’s signs made by white gold to make the difference . 18k white &yellow gold , handmade. (Video player is malfunctioning , size and speed are wrong).

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BLUE LAGUNA 2

A sample of BLUE LAGUNA : The sun umbrella making of . This is only a small part of the complicate work of this part of BLUE LAGUNA . The sun umbrella is multi colour enameled and set with diamonds ,including on the moving parts and everything an umbrella…

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BLUE LAGUNA !

Static jewelry , showing an idilic picture of a life we all wish to have ….This is dedicated to my very best friend Keith Jerome Biodrowski .

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Turn an Old Brush into a Whip Burnisher

A worn-out bristle brush can easily be recycled into a useful tool called a whip burnisher or rotary hammer to improve or even eliminate minor imperfections and surface porosity in castings and other metal surfaces. Read more: https://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/bd……

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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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leather sheath

Hand craft knife leather sheath with sterling silver turquoises.

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Loop in Loop Chain

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Learn an old technique to create a contemporary look! Make a beautiful chain made of interweaving loops-a method developed by the Greeks and Romans. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit…

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Fold Forming

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Expand your jewelry-making skills and give your pieces stunning dimension with the Rueger Fold technique that allows for several design variations. Additional instructions on this project and other…

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Fibula Brooch

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Create a piece of history! The Greeks and Romans invented the first safety pin to hold up their togas, and now you can create your own brooch with the same technique. The curly-cue spring mechanism, along with…

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Stain Glass Effects

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Add a splash of color to your designs with a stained glass effect. Learn how to include vibrant, swirling colors with Colores. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit us at http://forum.riogrande.com/…

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Mokume Gane Washer Ring

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. With your Swanstrom disc cutter, a mallet and a ring mandrel, you can create simple, beautiful rings in minutes. Make a continuous, seamless ring out of a sheet of mokum gane, the Japanese alloy metal made…

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Metal Work with the microfold brake

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Are you ready to try an innovative, new technique created by Jack Berry that you can employ for your jewelry designs? Learn how to make a pair of microfold earrings and be prepared to get hooked on an exciting…

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Wood Bracelets

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. It’s time to generate unique ideas for working with wood. With the help of a flex shaft and some creativity, you’ll be creating stand-out bangles in no time. For more projects and jewelry-making…

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Enamel on PMC or Fine Silver

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Enameling on metal clay adds vibrant color and exciting design. Learn the wet packing technique to expand your skill set and explore the possibilities. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit…

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two-tones with accent silver

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Add a unique twist to your metal clay pieces by creating a two-tone effect with Accent Silver. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit us at http://forum.riogrande.com/ or visit http://www.riogrande.com/…

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Wire Fibula Brooch

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Add some pizzazz to your Wire Fibula Brooch! This is your opportunity to get creative and add a variety of different design elements. Refer to the Sheet Fibula Brooch step-by-step video for a basic tutorial…

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KALPATARU

ARBOL COLMADOR DE DESEOS — TREE FUKFILL WISH…

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Channel Inlay Bracelet

My first bracelet inlaid with mother of My pearl, petrified palm, dino bone, agate,lapis,turquoise,abalone, sonoran sunrise, (denver)granite, and tigers eye…

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Coronet Cluster

Short preview of my new DVD showing how to construct Coronet Cluster.

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BBJ 1213 – Musical Bracelets

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. The benefit of working with BRONZclay is that you can knead it like dough, roll it out and manipulate BRONZclay like regular clay, but then fire it in activated carbon to achieve a hard bronze. For more projects…

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BBJ 1212 – Wire Brooch

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Create a piece of history! The Greeks and Romans invented the first safety pin to hold up their togas, and now you can create your own brooch with the same technique. The curly-cue spring mechanism, along with…

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BBJ 1211 – Carving Wax in Metal Clay

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Make your own original textures for metal clay by carving on wax tablets and using a molding compound. Get inspiration from your surroundings and have fun! For more projects and jewelry-making know-how,…

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BBJ 1209 – Silver Accents

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Add a unique twist to your metal clay pieces by creating a two-tone effect with Accent Silver. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit us at http://forum.riogrande.com/ or visit http://www.riogrande.com/…

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BBJ 1208 – Enameling on Metal Clay

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Enameling on metal clay adds vibrant color and exciting design. Learn the wet packing technique to expand your skill set and explore the possibilities. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit…

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BBJ 1207 – Wood Bracelets

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. It’s time to generate unique ideas for working with wood. With the help of a flex shaft and some creativity, you’ll be creating stand-out bangles in no time. For more projects and jewelry-making…

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BBJ 1205 – Mokume Gane Washer Ring

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. With your Swanstrom disc cutter, a mallet and a ring mandrel, you can create simple, beautiful rings in minutes. Make a continuous, seamless ring out of a sheet of mokum gane, the Japanese alloy metal made…

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BBJ 1204 – Stain Glass Technique

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Add a splash of color to your designs with a stained glass effect. Learn how to include vibrant, swirling colors with Colores. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit us at http://forum.riogrande.com/…

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BBJ 1203 – Wire Fibula Brooch

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Add some pizzazz to your Wire Fibula Brooch! This is your opportunity to get creative and add a variety of different design elements. Refer to the Sheet Fibula Brooch step-by-step video for a basic tutorial…

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BBJ 1201 – Fold Forming

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Expand your jewelry-making skills and give your pieces stunning dimension with the Rueger Fold technique that allows for several design variations. Additional instructions on this project and other…

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BBJ 1201 – Loop in Loop Chain

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Learn an old technique to create a contemporary look! Make a beautiful chain made of interweaving loops-a method developed by the Greeks and Romans. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit…

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Process: Beach Glass Jewelry with Wildpen

I have met a few cockatoos in my day, but on this day, in early June, I met Sunny and FlaxMan, two Umbrella Cockatoos who help run wildpen, an Etsy shop where they sell handmade (er… beak- and talon-made) gifts. Unfortunately, Hope, a Moluccan…

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The Fairy’s Birth

Assembling head and wing . Some images are very explicit anatomicaly and I hope you will consider it part of the detailed execution of Fairy’s body , not pornography . In the artwork process , there is no pornography .

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Trellis 4-prong head

In this video I go over the designing of a 4 prong trellis type head using Matrix software.

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 11

Interesting pendant, using a very nice flat Agathe stone , yellow and white 18k gold, genuine ruby, emerald and saphire stones , in a total of 11 stones = The name ELEVEN . I also call it Flame Game, because of the nice orange flame inside the charcoal…

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 10

Interesting pendant, using a very nice flat Agathe stone , yellow and white 18k gold, genuine ruby, emerald and saphire stones , in a total of 11 stones = The name ELEVEN . I also call it Flame Game, because of the nice orange flame inside the charcoal…

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 9

Interesting pendant, using a very nice flat Agathe stone , yellow and white 18k gold, genuine ruby, emerald and saphire stones , in a total of 11 stones = The name ELEVEN . I also call it Flame Game, because of the nice orange flame inside the charcoal…

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 8

Interesting pendant, using a very nice flat Agathe stone , yellow and white 18k gold, genuine ruby, emerald and saphire stones , in a total of 11 stones = The name ELEVEN . I also call it Flame Game, because of the nice orange flame inside the charcoal…

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 7

Interesting pendant, using a very nice flat Agathe stone , yellow and white 18k gold, genuine ruby, emerald and saphire stones , in a total of 11 stones = The name ELEVEN . I also call it Flame Game, because of the nice orange flame inside the charcoal…

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 6

Interesting pendant, using a very nice flat Agathe stone , yellow and white 18k gold, genuine ruby, emerald and saphire stones , in a total of 11 stones = The name ELEVEN . I also call it Flame Game, because of the nice orange flame inside the charcoal…

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 5

Interesting pendant, using a very nice flat Agathe stone , yellow and white 18k gold, genuine ruby, emerald and saphire stones , in a total of 11 stones = The name ELEVEN . I also call it Flame Game, because of the nice orange flame inside the charcoal…

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 4

Interesting pendant, using a very nice flat Agathe stone , yellow and white 18k gold, genuine ruby, emerald and saphire stones , in a total of 11 stones = The name ELEVEN . I also call it Flame Game, because of the nice orange flame inside the charcoal…

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 3

Aghate slice pendant drilled and precious stones set in holes ( saphires and rubies) Hand made and drilled . The aghate was cut by Mr Ottomar Herlinger and the precious stones by Mr Keith Jerome Biodrowsky…

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 2

Aghate slice drilled and precious stones set in holes ( saphires and rubies) Hand made and drilled . The aghate was cut by Mr Ottomar Herlinger and the precious stones by Mr Keith Jerome Biodrowsky…

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ELEVEN ( Flame Game ) Pendant – part 1

Aghate slice drilled and precious stones set in holes ( saphires and rubies) Hand made and drilled . The aghate was cut by Mr Ottomar Herlinger and the precious stones by Mr Keith Jerome Biodrowsky .

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JADE

How inspiration comes , searching into garbage ……

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Making of Carnival dancer pendant – Part 2

5 cm diameter round pendant, showing a beautiful woman dancing at Carnival in Brazil. 18k white and yellow gold , with colored enamel, yellow, green, blue BRASIL colours, in fact … Handmade hollow jewelry.

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Making of Carnival dancer pendant – Part 1

5 cm diameter round pendant, showing a beautiful woman dancing at Carnival in Brazil. 18k white and yellow gold , with colored enamel, yellow, green, blue, BRASIL colours, in fact … Handmade hollow jewelry.

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Ball Bracelet

How to make a hollow Ball Bracelet,with Lapizlzuli and Rodocrosita stone.http://www.youtube.com/user/luis67813?feature=mhw5…

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Making a Silver Punk Rock nameplate

I could find a Punk Rock font,so I designed my own using Sex Pistol gig posters. Here’s the result. I use a computer engraver to mark the letters. I have filmed most of the process,which i will upload and improve on.

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jewellery school perseo

La scuola professionale “Perseo”: l’unico in Italia per la gioielleria, dove i proprietari sono tutti artigiani-artisti. Nato a Firenze nel 1998, una associazione dedicata all’insegnamento della cultura…

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SKULL RING

In the Dead Day, how to make a Skull Ring..,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Tree of Life

HOW TO MAKE A TREE OF LIFE…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Eternity Band with Matrix@

Using a builder tool we will make an eternity band. Then, we will alter it so the stones don’t go all the way around.

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Four stones pendant

Luis Moreno shows a finished four stones pendant…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Matrix@4 prong gallery head

Creating a 4 prong gallery head using Matrix@ software. Easy import of stone and head builder technology to complete setting in a flash!…

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Four Prong Gallery Head

A simple 4 prong gallery head made using Rhinoceros@ by McNeel and Associates and presented by www.thejewelrycadinstitute.com…

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Spinning

Spinning a silver chalice base. Ditchling, East Sussex…

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TURKEY

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a Turkey…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Ring Coil With Stones

Luis Moreno shows a finished coil ring with Stones…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Finished Braided Ring

Luis Moreno shows a finished Braided Ring…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Finished Weaved Ring

Luis Moreno shows a finished Weaved Ring…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Spring Ring

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a Spring Ring…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Three colors puzzle ring

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to solve puzzle ring…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Four bands puzzle ring

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to create a four bands puzzle ring…,http://www.youtube.com/user/luis67813?feature=mhw5…

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Cuff Links

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate silver cuff links…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Key Ring

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a key ring…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Coin Pendant – 3

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a coin pendant and key ring…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Coin Pendant – 2

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a coin pendant and key ring…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Coin Pendant – 1

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a coin pendant and key ring…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Mix Links Chain

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to make a chain with mix links…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Weave

Louis Moreno demonstrate how to weave a silver wire…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Bag

Luis Moreno demonstrate how to fabricate a silver bag…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Starting over

Starting over can be a challange. When you think you have nothing, remember your passion. That is one thing you should not lose.

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China Bell

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a China Bell…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Turkish Bell

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a Turkish Bell…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Pipe

Models of pipe…,and water pipe…

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Bouquet

Luis Moreno quick sample development..,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Fish

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a fish…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Box VI

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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Mokum Gan Band by AndrosCreations

Here you can see an 8mm mokum gan style band being created from silver strip and mokum patterned sheet. Mokum Gan is a Japanese term which means…

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Box V

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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Box IV

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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Box III

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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Box II

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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BOX I-6

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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BOX I-5

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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BOX I-4

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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BOX I-3

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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BOX I-2

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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BOX I -1

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a box…

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Fabricating a bead – IV

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a bead…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

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Medium size fountain

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a medium size fountain, with sheet of 0.5 to 0.8…

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Medium size fountain

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a medium size fountain,with sheet of 0.5 to 0.8…

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Small fountain

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a small fountain,with sheet of 0.5 to 0.8…

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Making a Three Stone Ring – Part 1

Creating the Mounting. Handmade ring created using findings from Southeastern Findings (sefindings.com). Basic finger ring construction demonstrated and use of jewelers tools. Custom made 3 Stone Anniversary Ring…

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Fabricating a bead – II

luis6781@hotmail.com Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a bead…http://www.youtube.com/user/luis67813?feature=mhw5…

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Fabricating a bead

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a bead…,http://www.youtube.com/user/luis67813?feature=mhw5…

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Sun Bracelet – Part 3 (addition)

The missing part of the previous Sun Bracelet – Part 3 How it’s made a relative complicated 14 k white and yellow gold hollow bracelet. Hand made.

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Clasp Fabrication

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a clasp…,http://www.youtube.com/user/luis67813?feature=mhw5…

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A beautiful Crucifix

A beautiful Crucifix , made by punching gold sheet on a lead block. Incredible look of a casting item .Old oak wood cross support with diamonds and Emeralds. hand made , one of a kind.

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Lion’s head pendant

How it’s made – a beautiful 14k gold Lion Head pendant using the punching on a lead block and stone setting techniques. Hand made, one of a kind. This video is showing only the semi finished item , being erased recently by accident…

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Custom Necklace part 4

The building of a custom 10 k. yellow gold necklace,, artcam jewelsmith, modelmaster cnc, casting , burnout and stuff like that,,…

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Necessity Is the Mother

How (many tools) does a metalsmith (have to use or make to) open a bottle of wine? Originally created for the show, The Art of Opening: Bottles and Their Toppers, The Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA. 2008, V. Lansford.

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[Trailer] How to make a Bangle Bracelet

Master Jeweler previews his instructional video “How to make a Bangle Bracelet”. Jay will detail the process from beginning to end; with extensive use of the rolling mill to imprint beautiful patterns into the ring.

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[Trailer] Making A Bangle Bracelet

Master Jeweler Jay Whaley discusses making a bangle bracelet. This is a preview of an instructional video, available via http://whaleyworkshops.com…

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Big Turquoise pendant – Part 5 final

How a nice Turquoise pendant is refused by a greedy customer…Too much gold (4.9grams), too expensive !! 50 euro moore !! This is not a joke ! There are Customers and…customers ……

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Big Turquoise pendant – Part 4

How is made: a big Turquoise pendant using only 4.9 grams of 14k gold and hollow technique. Good project for a smart apprentice .Hand made.

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Big Turquoise pendant – Part 3

How is made: a big Turquoise pendant using only 4.9 grams of 14k gold and hollow technique. Good project for a smart apprentice .Hand made.

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Big Turquoise pendant – Part 2

How is made: a big Turquoise pendant using only 4.9 grams of 14k gold and hollow technique. Good project for a smart apprentice .Hand made.

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Big Turquoise pendant – Part 1

How is made: a big Turquoise pendant using only 4.9 grams of 14k gold and hollow technique. Good project for a smart apprentice .Hand made.

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Turquoise Pendant – Part 3

How is made a nice and simple Turquoise gold pendant using only 2,5 gr of gold and basic jewelry tools. A nice project for a smart apprentice . Handmade.

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Turquoise Pendant – Part 2

How is made a nice and simple Turquoise gold pendant using only 2,5 gr of gold and basic jewelry tools. A nice project for a smart apprentice. Handmade.

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Turquoise Pendant – Part 1

How is made a nice and simple Turquoise gold pendant using only 2,5 gr of gold and basic jewelry tools. A nice project for a smart apprentice. Handmade.

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Lily Necklace – Part 1

How it’s made a one of a kind beautiful necklace with floral motif (Lily) using tubes and gold sheet . Hand made.

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3 Bars Bracelet

How it’s made: a modern hollow ring , using 14k yellow gold and 100 synthetic CZ set in white gold. The making of this item is almost identical with the 3 GOLD BRACELET .Hand made.

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18K Hollow cross pendent

High resolution slide show, how it’s made – hollow bicolour item – a modern cross design – using 18k white and yellow gold . Then the video shows how a bayonete clasp it’s made for this cross pendant.. I’ve…

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Set Carmen – Part 3 – the clip

How it’s made a set of hollow jewelry, composed by bracelet, necklace, clip , earrings and ring . 14k yellow gold and good quality CZ stones. Hand made…

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Hip-Hop Chain

This is an old video I’ve made using an old 8 handycam and my “skills” in making video was at the beginning :o) so I apologize for the image quality. Anyhow , I think the chain is nice and I liked making it ……

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Cabochon Ruby Ring

How is made a simple stone setting ring using 14k white gold and a synthetic ruby .Hand made forged.

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Wide Bracelet

How is made a wide , wonderful bracelet, every woman dreams to wear it …Hollow technique. Hand made .

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The smallest cello

How is made a small gold cello pendant, a beautiful gift for a musician lady ……

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Stone Set Earings – Part 2 ( The ring and the Pandent )

How it’s made the ring and pendant set to the STONE SETTING EARRINGS , using white and yellow gold and only basic jewelry tools. Analog VHS video source, sorry for the quality . Hand made. Many thanks to Rio Grande Team for their moral support,…

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3 Bars pendant

Showing the pendant of the 3 BARS series…It will come the bracelet, soon.. Hand made .

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3 Bars Ring – Part 2

How it’s made: a modern style hollow gold ring with 50 stones set white gold insertion. Hand made.

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3 Bars Ring – Part 1

How it’s made: a modern hollow ring , using 14k yellow gold and 50 diamonds set in white gold. Hand made.

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Euro Cufflinks

How it’s made a couple of funny gold cuff links showing the Euro (money) symbol. Hollow technique, hand made.

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Bayonet clasp

How it’s made a tubular Bayonet clasp, for rubber or leather round cord. Hand made.

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Scorpion Pendant

How it’s made a Scorpio sign gold pendant using hollow technique. (Here are some details I did not show in this video clip, like the very clean Scorpio soldering on the surface of the pendant and the tube ring soldering). It is very important…

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Enter the Dragon

How it’s made an oriental style gold Dragon pendant having 450 stones set… Hand made.

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Moissanites Set

How is made a 14k white gold jewelry set, using synthetic Moissanite stones. Hand made .

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Diamond Curved Ring

How it’s made a simple , nice looking hollow gold ring, with a marquise cut diamond, set in white gold. Hand made.

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Handmade Silver Bracelets

A high resolution slide show video showing how are made some Silver bracelets for men and women. I love working Silver… Exclusively hand made. The video was made before my digital handy cam was repaired… :O)…

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Diamond forged ring

How it’s made a simple and nice two tone gold ring using basic bench tools. Hand made .

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Stone age wedding ring

How it’s made a couple of gold wedding rings, with funny drawings engraved on them and black enamel. Hand made.

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Two Tone Bracelet

How it’s made a simple hollow bracelet, using tubes.White and yellow gold, hand made.

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Angels

How it’s made a simple and beautiful silver present for your beloved…everyone believes in angels…christian, Jewish and Muslim too… :o) Hand made .

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Heart Pendant

How is made a classic gold heart pendant (old school), with black genuine enamel. Hand made.

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Citrine Ring

How is made a beautiful ring with an octagon Citrine , using the hollow technique. Hand made.

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JOHNNY B. GOODE

How it’s made a “one of a kind ” gold guitar pendant using a genuine Gibson Les Paul guitar as a model. Hand made . And special thanks to Castillo Kids ( Joey , Jessie and Julie ) for their performing on this video .