Soldering Paste

Posted by Nina Raizel Hartman on 5/12/2015 to Tools
Solder comes in a few different forms. Wire, sheet, and pallions (pre-cut squares) are the ones everyone knows about, and paste is the one everyone has questions about. In this post I’ll clarify what solder paste is, what the advantages are, and how to use it.

Different Types of Soldering Boards

Posted by Nina Raizel Hartman on 4/15/2015 to Tools
There are many different types of soldering boards, blocks, and surfaces. How do you know which one to start out with, and which one to use for each soldering task?

Goldsmith Hammer Review: You Need One!

Posted by Leah on 9/12/2014 to Students
Hammers are not a commonly reviewed item, which I really don't understand. Like most metal workers I am a hammer junkie and have a collection of them.  I recently added our new Goldsmiths Hammer to my arsenal and it has quickly become my favorite.

The Bench Combo Kit, a must have.

Posted by Leah on 7/30/2014 to Students
Every now and then you come across something that you wonder how you ever did without. The Bench Combo Kit is one such item and one is now happily living on my bench. At Seattle Findings we call it “one of the best investments you can have” and this is so true! I am really happy with it.

Three Great Jewelry Trends of 2013 and Beyond!

Posted by Leah on 1/21/2014
trending 2014The new year is upon us, and 2014 is the perfect time to revisit some of the most popular jewelry trends of the last year. Here are three of our favorites that don’t show any signs of stopping. We’re confident that they’ll keep on trending right through the year.

Quick tip: Avoid jagged cutting edge look in a gypsy or flush setting

Posted by Gerry Lewy on 1/16/2014 to Stone Setting
What is one of the causes of a “rippling or jagged” effect around an inside cutting edge in a Gypsy or Flush setting? How can this be avoided?

Almost Forgotten Gemstone Setting Tips for Everyone

Posted by Gerry on 11/7/2013 to Stone Setting
Here are some new innovative gemstone setting tips developed from old setting methods: ◾resharpen the high-speed steel setting burr
◾create a diamond receptacle for benches and desktops
◾use the half-round burr for Cabochon bezel frames
◾ remove excess gold beside claws in engagement four-claw settings
◾clean customer’s diamonds with embedded dirt
◾place an oil receptacle permanently on your bench

5 Unique and Simple Men's Jewelry Projects

Posted by Laila on 10/30/2013 to Tools
It seems at times that women have all the fun in the jewelry world. But there are many projects that can be made for the men's jewelry market, as well. While it may not be the standard necklaces and earrings jewelry makers can still create unique projects by creating tie tacks, cuff links, rings, and pins.

Even in the era of smartphones, many folks still like to wear a watch

Posted by Laila on 10/29/2013 to Tools
Even in the era of smartphones, many folks still like to wear a watch. Although phones and digital time pieces are just about everywhere, watches still provide a classic look and feel that can’t be found elsewhere. If you interested in home watch repair, know that there are some things that you just won’t be able to do yourself. Jewelers and other professionals (Horologist) are the ones to take your watch to if your gears start faltering or you experience difficulties with the quartz mechanism. On the other hand, if something like your battery goes bad, or you need to install a new strap, you can often take some common household tools and do the job yourself.

Precious Gemstones

Posted by Laila on 10/28/2013 to Design
Talented artisans often make fine jewelry to sell at online or brick-and-mortar stores. Specialists create expensive bracelets, earrings and necklaces from rare gemstones including emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Jewelry designers fasten gemstones in attractive settings made of precious metals such as silver, platinum and gold. Many individuals study jewelry making at universities or training schools. Both women and men enjoy wearing jewelry items such as wedding rings. Depending on its style, a jewelry item might be appropriate for everyday wear or special occasions. Anyone interested in being a professional jewelry maker can contact schools about learning this art
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