[Ganoksin] [Issue #169] Tips From The Jeweler's Bench

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In This Edition:

    1. From Strict To Amorphous - An Italian Signature
    2. Tube Box Clasp With Double Tongue
    3. The Hole Story - Drilling Tips and Techniques
    4. Use Cold Connections To Make Your Jewelry Hot
    5. Modern Lockets
    6. Mokume Gane: Manufacturing Works of Art
    7. Spreading The Word - Ten steps Toward Achieving Great PR

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    In This Edition of Tips From The Jeweler's Bench
    http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/tip_sear.htm

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1. From Strict To Amorphous - An Italian Signature
    By Dr. Christianne Weber-Stober

    People who think exclusively of geometric forms when they hear the
    name Alberto Zorzi only know half the story. His jewelry combines
    avant garde design with traditional goldsmith techniques. Born in
    Santa Giustina in Colle in the Province of Padua in 1958, Alberto
    Zorzi now lives in Loreggia, close to Padua. When his interest in
    goldsmith art first kindled at the age of 15, it appeared only
    logical that he should be educated at the world famous "Istituto
    d'Arte Pietro Selvatico". In addition to textile design, painting,
    architecture, furniture and industrial design, the institute has
    initiated its students in the secret of jewelry design since
1966....

Complete Story:
http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/alberto-zorzi.htm

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2. Tube Box Clasp With Double Tongue
    By Eva Martin

    This project is a slight variation on the standard box clasp, the
    clasp outlined here uses two tongues rather than one. This means
    that the clasp is much more secure, so there's no need for the
    'figure of 8' safety mechanism which can sometimes spoil the clean
    lines of a piece. I learnt to make this clasp whilst at North
Bennet
    Street School in Boston. The project shown here uses round tube
with
    an inside diameter of 5mm to house the clasp mechanism. Of course
    the shape of the clasp's housing can be changed to suit the
bracelet
    or necklace design. However using tubing with an inside diameter
    anything smaller than 5mm would prove to be tricky, since there
may
    not be room for a double tongue.....

Complete Story:
http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/box-clasp.htm

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3. The Hole Story - Drilling Tips and Techniques
    By Charles Lewton-Brain

    We all drill, all the time. We take drills and what they do for
    granted, but reviewing the obvious doesn't hurt -- and there may
be
    a nugget of new information that is brought to light....

Complete Story:
http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/drilling-tips.htm


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4. Use Cold Connections To Make Your Jewelry Hot
    By Sung Woo Hong

    Cold connections are great alternatives to soldering, especially
if
    you want to use fragile or flammable materials in your jewelry
    designs. Cold connections have many variations, and this project
will
    give you a closer look at hinged tabs and two styles of rivets. In
    this bracelet, they become more than just a heat-free option --
they
    are the focus of the design. Half of the bracelet's brass panels
are
    riveted flush to the copper links, while alternate brass panels
are
    raised with spaced rivets. For added design interest, the brass
    panels are embossed using roll-printing. The hinged tab s connect
the
    bracelet links and visually blend with the clasp for a seamless
    look....

Complete Story:
http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/rivets.htm

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5. Modern Lockets
    By Nanz Aalund

    Before photography, lockets were decorated with miniature,
    handpainted portraits -- a luxury few could afford. The advent of
    affordable photographic miniatures propelled the locket to the
    forefront of jewelry fashion during the sentimental Victorian era.
    Between 1890 and 1920, ornately crafted lockets were suspended
from
    bracelets, necklaces, brooches, belts, and chatelaines. Ladies of
    fashion were not seen without one, and men wore them on their
watch
    chains. During World War I, many soldiers wore lockets into battle
    as a reminder of loved ones at home. Lockets have since fallen out
    of fashion, and distinctive lockets are hard to find. With this
    project, you no longer have to rely on a fashion trend to have a
    high-quality locket -- you can create your own. You will learn how
    to make the traditional hinged locket and an easier slide
locket....

Complete Story:
http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/modern-lockets.htm

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6. Mokume Gane: Manufacturing Works of Art
    By Mark B. Mann

    Mokume gane translated from Japanese means "wood eye metal". This
    rare metal lamination process was developed and used by Japanese
    craftsmen in the 17th century for the adornment of samurai swords.
    Today, mokume gane jewelry is growing in popularity and this
article
    covers the details related to the manufacturing process, ring
liners
    and rails, settings, servicing and quality issues....

Complete Story:
http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/manufacturing-mokume-gane.htm

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7. Spreading The Word - Ten steps Toward Achieving Great PR
    By Linda Goldstein Dunay

    For more than 30 years, Linda Goldstein Dunay has devoted her
career
    to helping fine jewelry manufacturers reach their customers. The
    founder of Goldstein Com-munications in New York City, she has
    worked with a range of clients, including The JCK Show -- Las
Vegas,
    Hearts on Fire, and her husb and, Henry Dunay. Yet regardless of
the
    client, achieving great PR relies on following a few basic tenets,
    which are outlined below....

Complete Story:
http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/pr-101.htm

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