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!
In the early 90s I created a line of jewelry which used anticlastic and synclastic shapes made from strips of gold and silver. The need for efficient hammers and stakes inspired me to develop and make a urethane-headed hammer and stakes which would form the shapes I needed. . .
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. . .
Our own Yvonne Padilla uses molding compound and carving wax to create textures from inspiration she finds everywhere. In the following video Mark Nelson demonstrates this exciting method for trasferring texture to metal clay pieces:
What’s the best way to showcase a piece of jewelry fresh off the bench? Add shine and a gleaming finish to your work by polishing, burnishing, or tumbling. . .
With a Swanstrom disc cutter, a mallet, and a ring mandrel, you can create simple, beautiful rings in minutes. Make a continuous, seamless ring from a sheet of mokumé gane, the Japanese alloy metal made with several layers of gold, silver, and copper. . .