[Issue #104] Tips From The Jeweler's Bench

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[Issue #104] Tips From The Jeweler's Bench

Post by Ganoks » Fri, 06 Aug 2004 04:33:01


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    Kraftwerks 2004 - Jewelry Manufacturing Seminar

    Kraftwerks is a gold refinery turned seminar for jewelers.  We
    invite "Kraftmasters" like Alishan Halebian, Glen Engelbrecht, and
    Mark Mann to show and teach a part of what they know to all who
    attend.

    Kraftwerks will be held on August 14th & 15th  2004.

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In This Edition:

    1.  A Fulfilling Absence - The Enamelware of Sarah Perkins
    2.  A peek into the X Files on new Platinum Sterling
    3.  Molding Multiples - Using metal clay for production models
    4.  Prong Setting Round Brilliants Using AllSet
    5.  Foredom's New Platinum Finishing Products
    6.  Flush Setting Round Brilliant Diamonds in a Platinum Band
    7.  Finishing - Foredom's Bench Lathe Kit, Wheels and Accessories
    8.  Milling Wax Components for Custom Designs Using Foredom's AllSet
    9.  Wax Build-up Procedures Using Foredom's New Wax Working Unit

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        In This Edition of Tips From The Jeweler's Bench
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1. A Fulfilling Absence - The Enamelware of Sarah Perkins

    The tendency to dismiss enamelwork as a superficial art-literally,
    as a matter of surfaces glossing over the duller hues of base metal,
    and figuratively, as nothing more profound than a decorative, and
    therefore decadent, mode of appeal to the eye-has clearly diminished
    in recent decades.....

Complete Story:
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2. A peek into the X Files on new Platinum Sterling

    It took about two months of experimentation to get the formulas for
    Platinum Sterling Silver just right - Robinson created alloys
    containing 5 percent, 3.5 percent, and 1 percent platinum. But he's
    the first to admit that combining silver and platinum isn't a novel
    concept.....

Complete Story:
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3. Molding Multiples - Using metal clay for production models

    Metal clay has not yet proven to be an effective substitute for
    casting: sterling silver is often preferred over fine silver for its
    relative strength, and the higher cost of metal clay compared to cast
    silver generally makes it unappealing for large volume production.
    But some craft artists have begun bridging the gap between
    one-of-a-kind and volume production by using metal clay to create
    production models and turning to traditional casting techniques for
    their reproduction.....

Complete Story:
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4. Prong Setting Round Brilliants Using AllSet Quick Change Adapter Kits

    For setting round brilliant gemstones in prongs, many setters and
    bench jeweler generalists use a 90 degree low speed bearing bur to
    cut a bearing in one prong at a time. This procedure is made easy by
    using the Foredom AllSet with the easy cut prong guide covered in
    this article because it offers systematic controls for cutting
    prongs at a higher rate of proficiency. For this example a 90 degree
    low speed bur will be used to bur individual prongs at a controlled
    height and depth of cut using a Foredom #52 Quick Change Handpiece
    and the Foredom AllSet #52 Quick Change Adapter Kit.....

Complete Story:
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5. Foredom's New Platinum Finishing Products

    JA Certified Master Bench Jeweler Linda Steinke uses Foredom's new
    pre-finishing wheels and polishing compound to finish fabricated and
    cast platinum pieces. 'Using these new products has eliminated the
    multiple-step process I formerly used and I'm able to accomplish my
    pre-finishing and polishing in half the time'. Michael***ey, also
    a certified master agrees stating 'In my operation, time is money
    and we are thrilled to benefit from using these quality products to
    speed up our finishing procedures'.

Complete Story:
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6. Flush Setting Round Brilliant Diamonds in a Platinum Band

    Seated at his bench, David Howard, owner of My Jeweler, Inc. in
    Albuquerque , NM contemplates and prepares his work for the day.
    Technicians at My Jeweler perform repairs while customers wait in
    addition to the constant flow of design and custom order work. Their
    glassed-in workshop located at the entrance of the store allows
    customers to observe the bench jewelers at work from both the retail
    floor and the walkway outside. The day I was there, Howard
    demonstrated a flush setting technique for small round brilliant
    diamonds in a platinum band....

Complete Story:
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7. Finishing Update - Foredom's Bench Lathe Kit, Wheels and Accessories

    Understanding and using updated materials will help you accomplish
    pre-finishing and finishing requirements professionally and
    efficiently. Here's a brief overview of some new and established
    products....

Complete Story:
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8. Milling Wax Components for Custom Designs Using Foredom's AllSet

    Bill Holman uses modern technology to create his designed line of
    jewelry featuring Drusy gemstones. Wanting his jewelry designs to be
    unique but not competitive with the natural beauty of the freeform
    Drusy gemstones, he creates one-of-a-kind masterpieces by milling
    components in wax using Foredom's AllSet Model Maker's Milling
    Assembly....

Complete Story:
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9. Wax Build-up Procedures Using Foredom's New Wax Working Unit

    The Foredom Wax Carver (WC-1) is a new wax worker recently made
    available to the jewelry industry by The Foredom Electric Company. To
    demonstrate many of its features, Michael***ey performs a wax
    build-up project....

Complete Story:
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    Ganoksin is an Official Sponsor of:

    Kraftwerks 2004 - Jewelry Manufacturing Seminar

    Kraftwerks is a gold refinery turned seminar for jewelers.  We
    invite "Kraftmasters" like Alishan Halebian, Glen Engelbrecht, and
    Mark Mann to show and teach a part of what they know to all who
    attend.

    Kraftwerks will be held on August 14th & 15th  2004.

    Call 213-689-4872 for details.

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Enjoy
Hanuman

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