Pearls ARE Forever!

Posted by Amelia Upton on 6/27/2012 to Students
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Pearls come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. There are 4 main types of pearls: Tahitian, Cultured, Akoya, South Sea. They have been revered throughout the ages for their lovely luster and rarity. Pearls are very delicate, especially when compared to gem stones and precious metals! But with these  6 simple tips, your pearls will last a life time!
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Playing Safe in The Studio

Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 6/8/2012 to Students
Safety First!You have only one body so don’t let something that you love doing cause it harm. Protect and cherish it! Most studio safety issues really aren't from an accident with a tool, rather they are little things that accumulate over time that involve your eyes, ears, skin, breathing and muscles.
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Remember Mr. Yuk!

Posted by Amelia Upton on 6/6/2012 to Students

Mr. YukWorking with metal is exciting and enthralling as a hobby, interest, craft or career. However, many of us get into the rhythm of working and forget about personal safety. As magical as many of the chemicals' results may be, most can pose health risks when not used properly. Product Safety.com has some excellent advice to keep in mind, before you begin working at the bench:

There are several easy steps to take to promote consumer product safety. First, always read all directions and instructions. Before you use an item, make sure you understand the directions and instructions. Second, read and understand all warnings and cautions. Cautions are typically spelled out pretty explicitly, and are usually accompanied with helpful illustrations. Those instructions are always there to be helpful to the consumer, and they should be followed closely. Also, there are many websites that can be helpful about specific items. (http://www.product-safety.com/healthandsafety.html)

Additionally, here are a few metalsmithing specific tips!
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