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A History of the Jade Gemstone

The study of gemstones, especially those that have enjoyed long, uninterrupted popularity, can be as much a look into the history of human culture as a study of hard science. Of all the historical ..
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Essential Tools for the Amateur Jewellery Maker

As Jewellery makers, one of the most common decisions we face is whether or not to buy more tools. If so, which ones? Often the choice comes down to “Should I buy another tool or should I buy ..
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The Types of Drill Bits Used In Jewellery Making

For the Jewellery maker drilling is a process that enables many other processes. Piercing and riveting begin with drilling a hole, and drill bits can be used to create pattern and texture. When it ..
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Soldering Jump Rings for use in Handmade Jewellery

Jump rings are used in handmade jewellery frequently. They are simply wire which is semi-precious or precious metal, wrapped tightly around a mandrel and sawn either by hand or by an electrical saw. ..
(March 06, 2012)
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Drill Bits used in Handmade Jewellery

In making handmade jewellery drilling is often the first step to other processes. Piercing and riveting begin with drilling a hole. Drill bits can be used to create patterns and give texture. ..
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A Brief Introduction to Spinel Stones

Spinel and rubies were originally classed as the same stone. Red spinels were called Balas rubies and originated from Balascia which is the ancient name for Badakhshan, a region in Central Asia. ..
(February 23, 2012)
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A Guide to Handpieces and Foot Controls

A quality handpiece and foot pedal can spell the difference between a flex shaft machine that is a joy to use and one that will gather dust instead of generating it. The choices available for both ..
(December 09, 2011)
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A History of Carnelian and its Jewellery making uses.

Carnelian has enjoyed nearly uninterrupted popularity as a jewellery stone from pre-historic times to the present day. It was an obvious choice as an early gemstone; with orange to red colours ..
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Working with Silver Metal Clay: Get the most from your clay.

Fine silver clay appeared on the market about 15 years ago. During the decade and a half that we have been working in this medium we have learned some great tricks for reclaiming leftover clay, using .
(October 11, 2011)
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Choosing the right ring for you.

When it comes to choosing our own jewellery we can be very picky as well as we can be very impulsive buyers. I would like to give you some advice about choosing your rings. When I help out my ..
(August 22, 2011)
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Right Hand Rings

Talking about right hand ring which is a new concept that has evolved and booming in the diamond industry, however to broaden the definition of “Right hand Ring” it is a fashion statement .
(August 15, 2011)
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Some techniques for texturing metal.

Using a Chasing Hammer: - Texture 1: Dimpling It’s simple to achieve a dimpled effect (think golf ball or orange peel) with the round peen of a chasing hammer. Place the metal on a bench block ..
(August 11, 2011)
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Texturing Metal in Jewellery Making

The default finish for manufactured jewellery is high polish. To get that flawless finish the manufacturers erase all tool marks, leaving behind little evidence of the hand of the maker. Smooth and ..
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Basic Soldering Tips for Jewellery Making

Torch Flame Control: Soldering requires concentration and practice. Get to know the torch that you are using so that you can confidently adjust its air or oxygen ratio to its gas ratio; this allows ..
(August 03, 2011)
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Some fundamental jewellery soldering techniques

Most soldering failures are a result of not understanding a few basic concepts about metal, heat and torch control. Until you grasp a few fundamental principles about how heat, solder, flux and metal .
(August 02, 2011)
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European 4 in 1 Bracelet Tutorial

Welcome to the European 4 in 1 bracelet. This is an easy weave to make and ideal for beginners. It is better designed to fit quite snugly on your wrist. All we need is a pair of pliers and jump ..
(August 01, 2011)
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A History of Chain Maille Jewellery

A brief history of the art of producing chain maille and its uses in Jewellery Making Chain maille or chain mail or even simply mail was first used in the fifth century BC and is accredited to the ..
(July 28, 2011)
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Making a Bezel Cup and Bezel-Setting a Stone

Use bezel wire to tightly encircle the cabochon, allowing the ends of the bezel wire to overlap. Use flush cutters to cut the bezel wire where it overlaps. Bring the ends of the bezel wire together ..
(July 26, 2011)
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A history of Peridot and its uses in Jewellery making

Around 3500 years ago, fine green gemstones began to show up in Egyptian jewellery. Although ancient literature made allusions to these emerald-like stones, historians could not work out where the ..
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Where to find Jewellery Making tools online.

As with everything, the quality and durability of Jewellery Making Tools can vary greatly from place to place. This isn't really a problem if you are buying them over the counter and have the chance ..
(July 20, 2011)
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Make your own Spiral Silver Earrings

Spiral Silver Earrings Materials Tools 80mm of 3mm Sterling Silver Round Tube Jewellery Saw 1200mm of 1.5 mm Sterling Silver Round Wire Wire Cutters 2 x 4mm Heavy Sterling Silver Jump Rings Round .
(July 20, 2011)
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How to make a Solid Silver Bangle.

Plain Sterling Silver Bangle Materials Required Tools 250mm of 4,6 or 8mm Sterling Silver ‘D’ wire Scribe Hard or Medium Sterling Silver Solder Jewellery Saw Flat and Round Needle ..
(July 20, 2011)
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Where to find Jewellery Making Materials Online

Finding a good supplier for your jewellery materials can be a bit of a minefield. Unless you are lucky enough to live near one of the few traditional jewellery industry ‘areas’ it is ..
(July 19, 2011)
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A Selection of Basic Jewellery Making Techniques

Sweat Soldering Apply flux to both of the pieces of metal you want to join. Place the smaller piece on a soldering pad and then heat it until the flux is a white crust. Place solder pallions on the ..
(July 19, 2011)
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A Selection of Jewellery Making Techniques using Metal

Setting Wire Rivets Use a brass gauge or callipers to measure the diameter of the rivet hole. Select wire that is the same diameter as the rivet hole – the wire should fit snugly in the hole. .
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