In part two of The Studio’s enameling series, MariaElena Baca sheds light on the choice between using a kiln or a torch to fire your enameled pieces. What are the differences between these two enameling methods? What criteria should you use to decide which method is best for you? Enameling 102 covers these questions and more. Come take a look and consider expanding your skills by taking an upcoming enameling class with the incomparable Ronda Coryell!
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In this third installment of Ashli’s Tumbler Series, Ashli explains how you can use a vibratory finisher to create the finish you want on your jewelry pieces in less time and for a lower overall cost. Vibratory finishers are ideal for abrasive cut-down processes, as well as for burnishing and polishing tasks. Is a vibratory tumbler right for you? Visit The Studio to take a look at this and ALL of Ashli’s Tumbler Series—her helpful expertise will demystify your tumbling options and guide you to your ideal choice.
In this second installment of Ashli’s Tumbler Series, Ashli shares her favorite things about Rotary Tumblers. Rotary tumblers are a great, economical way to mass-process jewelry and eliminate the need to work parts individually. They are excellent for burnishing jewelry in hard-to-reach areas, burnishing metal clay creations, removing tarnish from most jewelry, as well as performing abrasive cut-down and polishing processes. Rotary tumblers are simple to use and create some remarkable jewelry finishes with far less effort.
Shine up your jewelry pieces quickly and easily using a magnetic finisher. Did you know a magnetic finisher takes half the time of a traditional rotary tumbler with stainless steel shot? Magnetic finishers are extremely fast and efficient, offer a great way to remove tarnish and other soils, contaminants, and debris that may be caught in recesses, details, undercuts and other hard-to-reach areas of your work. They are also a simple way to create a shiny finish.
In Choosing Your Burs: Part One, we talked about burs, the various metals they are made of, and discussed some of the advantages and disadvantages of each. In part two, we’ll put the bur to the metal! Learn about different types of burs and how they can make your job at the bench easier and more fun!
Nickel in jewelry? The general public is showing a growing interest in the nickel content of the jewelry they buy. As a result, more and more of Rio Grande’s customers are asking us about the nickel content in our findings and fabrication metals. This is understandable since a significant number of people have allergic reactions to nickel. Take a look at today’s post to learn more!
Rio Grande recently began offering a wider variety of rose gold and gold-filled findings and has added a line of pink gold and gold-filled sheet and wire. At the same time, though, Rio is not offering any pink gold solders, and customers have been looking for them to use with their pink gold jewelry designs. But, wait, Rio is all about carrying whatever the jewelry makers need or want to do their work more conveniently and easily . . . what gives?
Bead stringing can be as simple as making a macaroni and yarn necklace or as complex as stringing an intricate diamond bead necklace. In today’s Tech Tidbits, Mark Nelson covers some great bead-stringing basics and not-so-basics!
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!