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The Ganoksin Project: A Community For Jewelers

Sep 29, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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The Ganoksin Project, the world’s largest educational internet site for the jewelry, gemology and metals field, is now celebrating its 16th anniversary.

The Ganoksin Project was created in 1995 by Dr. E. Aspler (better known as Hanuman) in Bangkok, Thailand and Professor Charles Lewton-Brain in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Both men wanted an online meeting-house where jewelers of all kinds could collaborate and share ideas.

In Thai, “ganok” means pure gold. “Sin” means art, and together they can be thought of as “The Art of Gold.” But the backbone of the Ganoksin Project is the Orchid Forums, a community of amateur and professional jewelers who ask questions, share advice and nurture camaraderie. Whether you’re trying to track down indigenous New Mexico turquoise, find tips on soldering copper or even drum up a spare bedroom at MJSA, the Orchid Forums are the place to be. The site has even played matchmaker with at least one internet-introduced wedded couple!

"It's not the mechanical or tangible result that makes Orchid so valuable to me, it's the people," says Dave Sebaste of Sebaste Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. "For once in my life, I feel connected with people of like minds and spirits. The friendships and acquaintances I've made through the Orchid community have given my life an added richness that cannot be measured."

The following Russian Filigree Demo, is one of dozens of videos at The Ganoksin Project:

So if haven’t yet found your way into one of the web’s richest jeweler communities, what are you waiting for? Sign up today at the link below and read more member comments at the linked article.

Join Ganoksin and Orchid:

http://www.ganoksin.com/join

Meet fellow jewelers at Ganoksin’s Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/ganoksin

Read the Ganoksin article “Seeds of Knowledge” by Suzanne Wade:

http://www.ganoksin.com/orchid-community.htm

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Musical BRONZclay™: Making a Charm Bracelet with Mark Nelson

Sep 28, 2011
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Molly Therese Bell

Bronze is a great alloy to use for creating musical tones, and BRONZclay makes it a snap to achieve a wide range of tones by allowing you to easily mold and manipulate the thickness and shape of your metal. . .

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It’s Autumn in New Mexico!

Sep 26, 2011
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Molly Therese Bell

New Mexico is gorgeous all year, but for many of us, autumn is the most spectacular time. Take a look and you’ll know why New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment. . .

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Save the Date For Rio In Motion 2012!

Sep 22, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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Last January, Rio Grande opened its doors for Rio In Motion, our first-ever educational extravaganza right here at our Albuquerque, New Mexico headquarters. Our doors will open again January 22-27, 2012. Come join us!

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Accept the BRONZclay™ Challenge—You Know You Need Knobs!

Sep 21, 2011
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Molly Therese Bell

A couple of weeks ago we posted Shelby’s BRONZclay challenge, and I hope that since then, many of you have been noticing how boring your kitchen (pantry/bathroom) drawers are, and how splendid they’d become with gorgeous hand-crafted bronze knobs! Accept the challenge. . .

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Juan Lopez: Artist and 2011 Spanish Market Honoree

Sep 19, 2011
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Viqui Sanchez
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Juan Lopez, first place winner in the precious metals category of the 2011 Spanish Market, creates beautifully intricate silver filigree. . .

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Young Emerging Artists: Accept the Saul Bell Design Award Challenge!

Sep 15, 2011
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Brian Fox
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The Emerging Artist portion of the Saul Bell Design Award competition—for young, aspiring jewelry designers—plays by its own rules. Find out everything you need to know to accept the challenge. . .

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CAD at the Bench: Talking with Scott Patrick

Sep 14, 2011
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Brian Fox
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Scott has been at the bench designing and carving models in wax for 38 years and counting. Impressive, I know. He’s done production work, custom design, manufacturing for other designers, you name it. What really amazes me is now naturally he has incorporated computer-aided design (CAD) into his work as the technology has emerged over the years. . .

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2012 Gems & Findings and Display & Packaging Catalog—Tell Us What You Think!

Sep 12, 2011
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Shelby Chant
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Our goal each and every year is to pack our catalog with everything you need to create great things. To make shopping easy. To provide all the information about our products so you can be sure you’ll get what you need. To share helpful tips and tricks. To inspire you. Tell us what you think!

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Accept the BRONZclay Challenge!

Sep 8, 2011
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Shelby Chant
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To mark Yvonne Padilla’s Bronze Metal Clay book anniversary, I thought it would be fun to take on one of the projects myself. And why not share the love and have our blog readers do the same? Why not make it interesting and have readers submit a photo of their finished pieces and have Yvonne choose a winner?

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