Have you heard? Our Tech Support team is on Facebook! And every Tuesday they share tips, tricks, and shortcuts they’ve learned from years of working at the bench. Today’s collected tidbits are gems, so be sure to head over to The Studio and bring a pencil to take some notes!
Are you just dipping your toe into the jewelry-making water and feeling overwhelmed by all the many tool choices you see in our catalog? Perhaps you’ve been at it for a little while, but you never seem to have the right tool for every job. In the following video, Mark Nelson gives an overview of the basic tools needed to set up your jeweler’s bench. . .
This year we are happy to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Santa Fe Symposium! The event kicked off Sunday morning with over 160 attendees eagerly awaiting presentations covering topics from jewelry technology, inspiration and design, to hard core metallurgy. . .
Here in Tech Support some of the most interesting, fun, and challenging parts of our job is to evaluate and review new tools and equipment. But we don’t just review tools, we’re also constantly searching for new and innovative techniques that we can share with fellow jewelers. This past year we had the pleasure of testing dozens of new items and taking classes that expanded our jewelry universe. Between the testing and classes, a few tools and techniques struck us as being so cool that we want to sing about them from the mountaintop…
The key to preventing rust on your tools is keeping moisture and atmospheric pollutants away from them. There are several methods you can try:
Coat your tools with a light oil such as 3-in-One® oil or WD-40®. Wipe off any excess oil when you need to use the tool and reapply when you are done using the tool.
Place seldom-used items in airtight containers or a plastic zipper bag with a packet of moisture-absorbing silica gel. (These are the little packets that come in boxes of new shoes or OTC vitamins.) This is great for dapping sets or specialty pliers…
Ok, confession time. My name is Yvonne, and I’m a jewelry hussy. By that I mean I love jewelry – ALL jewelry, and the shinier, the better. I wear jewelry all day, every day. If you are wearing jewelry, no matter what kind, be warned, I will ask to touch, feel, and admire it. At times I think I may need professional help, because I think about jewelry ALL the time. It’s been an obsession of mine since I was a kid.