In a few short weeks, the winners of the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award Competition will be announced at a gala dinner during JCK in Las Vegas. We’re excited to celebrate all the talented winners of the competition, and to set the stage for the big event, we’d like to share a little history of the Saul Bell Design Award with you. Also, in today’s post, meet the winners of last year’s competition!
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.
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!
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!
Mark Nelson shows you how to add amazing colors to your creations! Easy-to-use Colores™ is the perfect way to add vibrant color and unique designs to your work. Once the color is mixed, you can add it to a bezel cup or any other concave shape that can contain it.
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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!