TECHNIQUES OF JEWELRY
United Artworks is proud to present on this page some selected remarks by Peter W. Rowe, a master goldsmith and gemologist who has for some time now been enlightening the readers of the usenet group rec.crafts.jewelry on the finer points of technique. He has graciously consented to my editing and archiving his comments here, with the questions that occasioned them summarized. He addresses the following topics:
Tools and How They Are Best Used
Kilns- Can the controls be improved?
Making coins-Then, now, and in the studio.
Flat bezels- And the tool to make them that way.
Remelting Scrap Silver- Should I bother?
Vacuum Casting- What does that mean?
Tin Pewter- Can you carve it like wood?
Polishing the Crevices- How do you get in there?
Mercury- Help, it's eating my gold ring!
Plating- how is it done on non-conductive items?
Silver to Brass- How can I solder this stuff together?
Tapered Tubes- How to make them.
Sterling Castings- How do you get a good finish?
White Gold- Is it as good as platinum?
Alloying down- How to get from 22k to 14k gold
Reactive metals- How do they get those amazing colors?
Niobium- How hard is it to work?
Stones and Their Setting .
Agate- The same as Jasper?
Diamonds- What are the "four C's"?
Diamonds- They're hard, but are they tough?
Diamonds- How are they different from Cubic Zirconia?
Diamonds- How is it possible to drill them?
Ivory- How can you tell if it's real?
Obsidian- Or is my turtle plastic?
Pearls- Is mine a fake?
Pearls- Can I make the holes bigger?
Colored Stones- Will they last?
Various Materials and How they Are Used
Chasing Pitch- The right stuff.
Pripp's Flux - The answer to firescale.
Fluxes- Self-pickling vs. white paste.
Silver Solders- Are they all the same?
Jewelry Cleaning Solution- Can I make my own?
Pickle Recipes- Not the kind your grandma made.
Liver of Sulphur- How to use it for patinating silver.
Glue- Which kind should I use?
Paste Solder- Is it good for jewelry?
Enamel- Is it like paint?
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