Jewelry Making & Beading
Soldering Precious Metals
Before soldering there are three factors which must be considered. The design must lend itself to soldering, parts to be soldered must fit closely and accurately and the correct solder and flux must be used. Solders are typically classified according to their melting points - easy, medium and hard. This therefore refers to the ease of melting the solder. Hence an easy grade solder melts before a hard grade one.
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Jewelry Making And Beading For Dummies
Jewelry Making & Beading for Dummies was first published in 2005 and is probably the most popular book available for teaching beginners about the basics of jewelry making and beading. When the book was published a few years back I had already been making jewelry for quite some time so I wasn't really interested in getting it. Now that I focus more on teaching jewelry making I am always looking for jewelry making information that can help beginners, so I decided to get the book and review it. Here is an overview of the contents of the book and my opinion about each section.
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Filing Precious Metals
Filing is an essential technique in jewelery making, and although simple in concept following proven practices combined with the right equipment and tools, ensures the job becomes a breeze. Filing Precious Metals Filing is used in jewelery making to remove excess metal, even out surfaces, smooth or to shape, form and texture pieces. The actual files come in a variety of shapes, grades / cuts and sizes The shape of the file you choose will depend on the job you are completing i.e. flat files are used for straight edges or convex curves e.g. the outer edge of a disc, and curved files are used on concave curves - e.g. inside of rings.
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Beading Basics
Stringing beads is a fun way to reduce stress and explore your creative side. Put a colorful necklace together or create a beautiful matching set with a bracelet and a pair of earrings. Wear your creations, sell them, or wrap them in tissue paper and give them to your friends.
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Diamond
Diamonds are by far the most precious and pleasing of the birthstones, diamonds are created from deep within the earth where there is enough intense heat and pressure for carbon to crystallize. Diamonds are the number one option for engagement rings. The diamond also symbolizes the 10th and 60th years of marriage.
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Making Encaustic Medium
I fell in love with encaustic paintings the first time I saw one hanging. There was just something about the work... The luminosity, the transparency, the brilliance. It was unlike anything that I had ever seen before. I knew I had to try it and once I did, I was hooked.
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Using Color to Express Your Creativity
Colors have an amazing impact on our lives. From the red of our stop signs and traffic lights, to the ever important green of a dollar bill, color is integrated into every facet of our daily adventures. No where is this more clear, than in our art and in our artistic creativity.
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How to make your own oil paints
How to make your own oil paintsOil paints are made basically by mixing cold-pressed Linsed oil with pigment or color until a smooth buttery paint is produced. When the oil paint is used and applied to a surface the oil oxidizes or absorbs air and then forms a solid film that binds the pigment to the surface of the painting.
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