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The Jewelry Workshop Safety Report By Charles Lewton-Brain
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Essential for jewelers, professionals, schools, small studios, factories, students. This book reviews issues of studio safety and discusses strategies for recognizing risks in the jewelry workshop,... More > and for reducing hazards by using substitution of materials or processes. The premise is that any reduction in risk improves safety conditions for the goldsmith and artist. Plenty of examples and safety anecdotes with extensive citations and references. A workshop tour gives you a new approach to learning about safety issues and procedures, with safety and health concerns listed by the jewelry procedures and tools used, and a good index. A required text by New York's Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), The New Approach School (Virginia) and the Paris Texas Jewelry Training Program. 222 pages ISBN 0-9698510-4-9< Less
Cheap Thrills in the Tool Shop By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This Classic book is a loose, eclectic collection of short cuts, bench tricks and alternative equipment options for goldsmiths. Cheap tool making, conversions and unexpected sources for tools are all... More > described. Sections include shop machines, tools, setting tools, soldering and more. Will save you hundreds of dollars in the jewelry studio. Lots of line drawings, lists and reviews of sources round out the book. A good table of contents and index make finding information easy. This was the first bench tricks book published in English in 40 years and led the interest in Bench Tricks in the jewelry/metals field. 80 pages. 82 line drawings. $34.95< Less
Hinges and Hinge-Based Catches By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This book analyzes hinges and hinge-like mechanisms in a manner never done before in a single volume. It has become a classic for jewelry making. Along with history, generics, classes of hinges,... More > guiding principles, sections include: design, tube making, hinge pins (force-fit, riveted, upset, tapered, cotter type, tubing, square, threaded, stud), hinge types (basic, thick-walled, locket, bracelet, box, block, cold-rolled, tab, cast and milled), lubrication, catch systems, hidden, alternative, cast hinges and solving design problems. Good index and table of contents. Covers more information about hinges than any book in English. 112 pages, over 200 line drawings..< Less
Small Scale Photography: How to Take Great Shots of Your Work By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This text gives excellent lessons on how to set up a home or studio photo booth to take professional-quality photographs and images of your jewelry or small objects such as ceramics, glass, fossils... More > and so on. Taking your own quality images saves money and time. The system (not counting the cost of camera and tripod) costs less than $70.00 to set up. How to build a drop shadow photo booth,lighting, miniature spotlighting, composition, backgrounds, surface understanding and image creation are covered. PR techniques are taught and sources are listed. The ideas shared in this set can save you hundreds of dollars in professional photographic fees and time. While written in 1997 and discusses film use all the studio set up and image making information is good for digital images. 90 pages, lots of clear diagrams and drawings. ISNB 0-9698510-2-2< Less
Gold Applications for Enameling By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This paper describes methods of creating surface designs using gold alloys on copper to provide patterned surfaces for use under transparent enamels. Includes gold fusion surface applications, fusion... More > overlay, incised overlay and inlay techniques as well as the use of resists for gold application, doublée (fusion laminates) and keum-boo. Together these form a system for surface design that offers a broad palette of marks and control sufficient to allow great surface detail and accurate translation from drawing to finished work as well as painterly approaches. A version of this paper was published in the magazine Glass on Metal in the spring of 1998. This is the original paper on the subject. 18 pages, B/W diagrams.< Less
Diderot on Chasing Tools and Workshop By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This is a reproduction of Diderot's famous French Encyclopaedia from 1751. There are three pages, a title page, a descriptive key page to the images and a page that has an engraving of a chasing and... More > damascening workshop along with a plate showing chasing tools and chisels as well as some typical workshop tools. After the reproduction comes a new section: the translation of the workplace descriptions and the tool key into English, with the proper English chasing terms used for the tools. A variety of tools are named.< Less
Unexpected Sources for Chasing Tools and Punches By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This paper details ways of quickly finding and making punches and chasing tools for repousse work. Jewelers, silversmiths and others can use these special tricks and sources for getting punches and... More > stamps. Odd Ebay categories and everyday hardware store tools can be used as chasing tools for jewelry making. Great Tips and ideas! This article is an enlarged version with new images of a free article at the Ganoksin Project. Go to http://brainpress.com/Ganoksin.html#Articles to see other similar free articles by Lewton-Brain. 9 pages.< Less
Build Your Own DrawBench for Jewelry Making By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This paper has complete directions and plans that explain how to build a good draw bench for about thirty dollars from easily available materials. There are step by step instructions. Alternative... More > methods and approaches to drawing are described. This draw bench is excellent for making wire and tube. It is easy to build and use. Has directions for tube making and related tools. 27 pages.< Less
A Model Proposal for a Goldsmithing Program at a College or Technical School By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This model document is a proposal for a technically oriented Jewelry or goldmithing program. It is an example of how to write a serious program proposal to government or other partners. It has a... More > DACUM in it, the recognized tool used by NASA and the US marines for curriculum development, and has examples of curriculum modules, tool lists, equipment and more. It is in short a complete model of what kinds of things need to be included in a proposal for a new educational program. Hundreds of hours of work distilled into a 33 page document.< Less
Small Tools For Jewelers By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This paper details how to make nine fantastic bench tools to make the jewelers life easier and working faster. Each is made from cheap materials, free or already at hand in the goldsmith's workshop.... More > All are easy to make. Indispensible to an efficient shop, each tool is a 'generic', that is it represents a whole class of tools the jeweler finds useful. Making the example gives you a model for other kinds of tools to create. This article is an enlarged version with new images of a free article at the Ganoksin Project. Go to http://brainpress.com/Ganoksin.html#Articles to see other similar free articles by Lewton-Brain. 13 pages.< Less