[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
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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....
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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.....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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