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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
Making a Riffle File from a Needle File By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This step by step 15 page paper shows how to take a standard needle file and shape it into a riffle file, a curved file that can fit into recesses areas and remove material from jewelry and other... More > objects. Used by steel die makers, chasers and casters, a riffle file can cost thirty dollars or more. Here we take a needle file, heat it to orange heat, bend it to the desired riffle file curvature and then harden it. Hardening and tempering is covered in a detailed appendix. There are lots of photographs of each stage of the process.< Less
The Polishing Report By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This Paper proposes a system for polishing jewelry successfully. It was a cooperative project with Allcraft Tools in New York City. It is about a core Polishing Set of tools, the basic buffs and more... More > for a working jeweler. The stages of polishing are broken into four major steps: large cutting, small cutting, large bright coloring and small bright coloring. Full of tips and tricks the Polishing Report tells you how to polish, remove fire scale, create sharp inside right angles and avoid overpolishing. Sections include holding items, cleaning polishing compound, alternative polishing wheels and more. 31 pages, A number of color pictures.< Less
Gold Applications: A Technology Review By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This paper documents the results of a research project for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. It describes fusion applications (gold painting), doublée, Keum-boo, depletion gilding... More > (tumbaga, guanin), inlay and overlay procedures and it discusses fire gilding. Control factors for free compositional choice are defined and demonstrated. That is, the information is treated as a way of creating patterns and pictures by inlaying gold and other materials into metal surfaces. 44 pages. B/W diagrams.< 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
Depletion Gilding By Charles Lewton-Brain
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A historical and technical introduction to gold surface enrichment. This academic paper describes the approaches that goldsmiths have used historically in various cultures to remove base metals from... More > gold alloys for refining or "coloring the gold": depletion gilding. There is an extensive listing of recipes from numerous historical and contemporary sources to foster contrast and comparison and deepen readers understanding of the subject. It is intended for information only and is not a "how to" for depletion gilding. Many of the procedures described are hazardous and not to be done without a chemical fume hood and similar stringent precautions. 40 pages.< Less
The Polishing Report By Charles Lewton-Brain
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This Paper proposes a system for polishing jewelry successfully. It was a cooperative project with Allcraft Tools in New York City. It is about a core Polishing Set of tools, the basic buffs and more... More > for a working jeweler. The stages of polishing are broken into four major steps: large cutting, small cutting, large bright coloring and small bright coloring. Full of tips and tricks the Polishing Report tells you how to polish, remove fire scale, create sharp inside right angles and avoid overpolishing. Sections include holding items, cleaning polishing compound, alternative polishing wheels and more. 31 pages, A number of color pictures.< 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
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
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