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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
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
Making Earring Posts for Jewelry by Hand By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This paper shows how to effectively make earring posts for soldering onto earrings. Tricks for rapidly making posts are revealed, especially useful when making your own gold or silver earring posts.... More > A production soldering tool for earring posts is described and tips on tweezers shared. This article is a new expanded version with images of a free article at the Ganoksin Project. Go to http://brainpress.com to see other free articles. 10 pages.< Less
Introduction to Tube Setting for Gems By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This paper introduces the tools and step by step method used for tubes setting for jewelers. Tube setting is a simple, professional looking gem setting technique. When the tools are correct it can be... More > a very fast stone setting method. Includes stonesetting tool descriptions and tidbits. 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
Gold Fusion Inlay for Enameling By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This paper details how to inlay gold and other metals into copper to create patterned sheet to construct with and enamel over with transparent enamels. The step-by-step example shown uses a spiral... More > iron binding wire to indent a thick copper slab. Gold is fused into the indentation and the excess removed. When rolled out this produces beautiful gold inlay to enamel over. The paper also details how to do paper die printing, a lovely addition to any metal surface. This technique was publicised by Lewton-Brain in chapters in the magazine Glass on Metal, and in Karen Cohen's book on enameling "The Art of Fine Enameling". This paper addresses one section of the 'Gold Applications under Enamels' paper in detail and depth. 14 pages, BW diagrams, color pictures.< Less
Preventing and Avoiding Fire-scale when Jewelry Making By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This short paper describes ways to avoid the dreaded fire-scale, a hard to remove purplish discoloration or 'bloom' which occurs on sterling silver when it is heated. This information is important... More > for jewelers and silversmiths, as firescale can be a serious problem on high polished work. This article is an updated version 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. Four pages.< Less
Shareware Book (original 1996 version) By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This wide-ranging, truly eclectic paper is chock full of suppliers, sources, technical information, patinas, stonesetting tips, bench tools, book reviews, gemology information and thoughts about... More > metalsmithing. This book derived from a large handout for Lewton-Brain's workshops between 1984 and 1996, at which time it formed the core of Lewton-Brain's information published at the Ganoksin Project(ganoksin.com), which is what got the website going at the beginning. 176 pages. Lots of diagrams. This is the original unchanged, classic 1996 version. It is all that content in one document. Some of the addresses are dated, but all told this is a ton of information.< Less