Rio’s Diana and Jeff take a trip to one of their favorite vendors, Swanstrom Tools in Wisconsin. Cheese curds, disc cutters and a mad scientist were involved. . .
Knowing the hardness of any metal or alloy is important, as this value gives you an indication of its ability to form and maintain a shape and is also a guide to its durability. The hardness value of a metal can be correlated to other properties such as tensile strength and in general, the harder a silver alloy is, the stronger it is and the more resistant it is to wear and scratching. In today’s post, Charles Allenden, of Argentium International, shares valuable wisdom about metal harness that will benefit all bench jewelers!
Today, on The Studio, we’re sharing a video project which features the ever-brilliant Bill Fretz forming a concave cuff bracelet using his new Silversmith’s Forming Stakes and a brass blank. Enjoy!
Foldforming is an awesome way to manipulate metal to create cool, organic shapes. Developed by Charles Lewton-Brain in the 1980s, foldforming works with any kind of metal, and is a great technique to experiment with when you’re looking for that unique new idea. In today’s post, Mark Nelson will inspire you to try foldforming by making a bead using the technique.
Earlier this year, The Studio featured Lauren Tobey’s beautiful work and her jewelry school/studio, Meltdown Studio. In today’s post, Lauren is a guest contributor and tells us about her recent experience at the “We ART the People” folk art festival here in Albuquerque. Check it out!
The Studio is excited to bring you another video clip featuring Bill Fretz and his innovative forming stakes. Last year, Bill showed Studio readers some Basic Hammering and Forming. This year, he helps us take forming a few steps further with a clip from his latest DVD, Metalsmith Essentials: Forming Hollow Rings with Bill Fretz.
During a recent tour of our robust manufacturing area, I saw the clockwork of ingenious engineering and witnessed the progression from raw form to finished product. The tour opened my eyes to the abundance of products we sell that are created from start to finish—right here in the USA! We are proud to offer high-quality products that enable us and our customers to stand in camaraderie with our fellow Americans!
At the 2011 SNAG Conference, Phil Poirier introduced his new hammer, vise, and stakes, to rave reviews. I’m happy to tell you that barely one year later…he’s done it again! At this year’s SNAG Conference Phil brought his brand new Bonny Doon Small Forming Tools, which take the innovations of his hammer and stakes to a whole new level. Check out today’s post to learn more!
When Phil Poirier designed the Bonny Doon Hammer, he was thinking about the ideal tools for anticlastic and synclastic raising. Since debuting the hammer at last year’s SNAG Conference, we have found that it is capable of much more than that.
We get such a kick out of some of the product reviews our customers submit on our website. Here’s the first of many posts that highlights five of our favs.
Since their worldwide debut at the 2007 Catalog in Motion Show, Fretz Hammers have become a staple of the industry, and the hammer of choice for those who are doing traditional forming on a jewelry-sized scale. Thousands of Fretz Hammers are out in the world now, each of them with 420 stainless heads, oil-finished padauk handles, and a perfect, almost magical balance in the hand when you pick them up. And all of those many hammers can trace their roots back to this one, the very First Fretz Hammer. . .
You’ll never see another hard hat like this one! Chasing and repoussé artist Debra Montgomery made this jaw-dropping hard hat for an iron worker from Alberta, Canada and filled it with details that are close to his heart. Awesome.