Jewelers have been soldering on charcoal blocks as a refectory material for centuries. Although it’s not the only type of soldering block on Mark Nelson’s bench, they have several benefits. In today’s post, Mark covers many of the benefits and drawbacks of this simple, useful tool and shares some tips about how to get the most from your charcoal block!
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.
Tried Bur-Life® yet? Here are the top five reasons why you must try the original tool lubricant!
In 2006, Lauren Tobey opened Meltdown Studio here in Albuquerque, NM. Meltdown is a jewelry school/studio that not only offers jewelry classes, but provides an open studio and workspace for other artists to use. In today’s post, Spencer interviews Lauren about Meltdown Studio and about the mesmerizing and fantastic cuff bracelets she recently made using Swanstrom Disc Cutters.
Metal stamping can be used to add a quality mark to your piece, but you can also stamp your work with an endless array of letters and symbols, or give it memorable flair with your very own signature stamp. In this video, Mark demonstrates stamping techniques and talks about many of the ways stamping can be used to enhance your work. Enjoy!
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.
Chuck Moore is a remarkable artist who uses the Knew Concepts Hand Saw to create stunning inlay in his handmade ukeleles. Check out his beautiful work and read a little bit of his story. . .
It is a tremendous time-saver to have the right tools within reach, but how does one sort through so many plier and cutter choices? In this video, Mark Nelson walks us through basic plier and cutter options and then he gets into some of the coolest specialty pliers.
Bill Fretz has teamed up with Interweave to make a great new set of DVDs that demonstrate his extraordinary skill with jewelry hammers and stakes. check it out!
After I watched last week’s premiere episode of Project Accessory, which challenged contestants to transform junk into wearable art, I was reminded of a totally inspiring project with Mark Nelson, where he uses found objects and unconventional techniques to embellish wood bangles. . .
Have you seen the riveting tool yet? The Crafted Findings Riveting Tool is a great cold connection solution. Check it out!
Earlier this year I was hearing from all of the above sources, that we needed a better tool to hold onto bracelet mandrels with tangs. Fortunately, we weren’t the only ones who saw the need. At the same time that I was out looking for such a tool, a bay area jeweler was busy inventing one!