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

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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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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 art­literally,
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.....
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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.....
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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 Dickey, 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'.
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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 Dickey 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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