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Bench Work Library

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After Lunch A look at a lunchtime leftover can help you create a solid foundation for setting. By Alan Revere

Australian Ingenuity Tool modifications from a land down under. By Charles Lewton-Brain

Back from the Dead Can damaged gemstones be resurrected? By Nancy Attaway

Bench Organization Thrifty bench organization tips. By Patricia Tschetter

Bench Ventilation A step-by-step guide to designing your own bench ventilation system. By John De Rosier

Bezel Basics Tips to overcoming bezel setting obstacles. By  Joel McFadden 

Blade Smarts Tips for selecting the correct saw blade. By Alan Revere

Cleaning Jewelry By Shawna Kulpa and Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

Come Together 1 Tips on making rivets and cold connections. By Arthur Anton Skuratowicz

Come Together 2 More tips on making rivets and cold connections. By Arthur Anton Skuratowicz

The Comfort Zone  A taping tip for ergonomic bench tools. By Helen I. Driggs

Cool Connections Tips for transforming nails into riveting tools. By Karen Christians

Cook Off Tips for cleaning tarnished sterling silver jewelry. By Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

Creating a Fancy-Shaped Bezel Presenter: Ann Cahoon, Flying Marquis Studio; video shot and edited by Travis Searle; music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com

Crocheting Chain Video. Ann Cahoon

Devilish Bezels By Jo Haemer

A Different Kind of Polish By Shawna Kulpa

Down the Tubes Creating hollow rivets, step by step. By Helen I. Driggs

Fine Line Using a laser to create a minimal setting for a large gemstone. By Roland Auer

Finishing a Handmade Chain: Video

Fit and Trim  A step-by-step guide to ensuring a perfect stone inlay fit. By Gary Dawson

A Flair for Tube Setting  Adapt stock tubing for just  the right fit. By Helen I. Driggs

Flip Your Lid  By Shawna Kulpa

Game Changers  Bench jewelers name their most valuable tools (MVTs). By Tina Wojtkielo Snyder and Shannon L. Brown

Get into the Groove  Giving new purpose to old cross-lock tweezers. By Helen I. Driggs

Get Your Ducks in a Row A step-by-step guide to multi-row pavé setting. By Joel McFadden

Give It a Push  How to create a concave pron pusher. By Serina Omori

Goin’ Fishing A step-by-step guide to fishtail settings. By Joel McFadden

Golden Years New jobs for retired burs. By Fabio Penuela

Good Point Tips for sharpening and detailing a graver. By Arthur Skuratowicz

Great Beginnings Tips for transferring patterns onto wax. By Kate Wolf

Greener Ways 1  How small changes at the bench can make a difference. Compiled by Shannon L. Brown

Greener Ways 2  More small changes at the bench that can make a difference. Compiled by Shannon L. Brown

Hammer It Out Making A Romero fold brooch. By Charles Lewton-Brain

Hand in Hand 2 The second installment of a two-part series on melding Old World techniques and new technology to create an engraved man’s band. By Charlie Herner and Jason Marchiafava

Healthy Hammering Altering a chasing hammer for ergonomics. By Charles Lewton-Brain

Hold It Right There  Practical and unique ways to store tools and supplies. By Shawna Kulpa

Hollow-Construction Ring Presenter: Chris Ploof, Chris Ploof Designs; video shot and edited by Travis Searle; music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com

Hone Your Ruby Radar Identifying characteristics of glass-filled rubies at the bench. By Arthur Anton Skuratow

Hut, Hut, Hike! Using a tripod stance for stabilizing jewelry work. By Alan Revere

In and Out  A step-by-step guide to knitting chain. By Munya Avigail Upin

In a State of Flux  By Shawna Kulpa

In a Tight Spot  A tip for polishing jewelry on the go. By Helen I. Driggs

Just Gems  A step-by-step look at crafting a pair of coral earrings with unseen settings. By Roland Auer

Keeping Tabs  Floating objects in a metal frame. By Helen I. Driggs

Keeping Your Eye on the Ball  A guide to granulation. By Jeanette K. Caines

Laundry List  Tips for repurposing clothespins at the bench. By Helen I. Driggs

Lay It on Thick  A step-by-step guide to creating a thick bezel setting. By Charles-Lewton Brain.

Lean and Mean Tips for making thin metal designs safe and strong. By Charles Lewton-Brain

The Littlest Fixes  Tackling chain and finding repairs head-on. By Shawna Kulpa

Made From Scratch  Jewelers cook up their own tools. By Shawna Kulpa

Maintenance Schedule  A guide to keeping tools and equipment in top shape. Courtesy of Stuller Inc.

Making the Cut  Jeweler Ann Cahoon examines whether the age-old practice of using a lubricant during sawing really makes a different. By Ann Cahoon

Making Do  Creating Wooden Raising Stakes. By Charles Lewton-Brain

Natural Glamour Setting diamond slices in stamped gold settings. By Roland Auer

New Kid on the Block A safe, secure way to drill oddly shaped parts. By Helen I. Drigg

New Life Giving new life to broken saw blades. By Christine Dhein

No Math Needed  An easy way to create equal divisions. By Helen Driggs

No Pain, All Gain  Ergonomics and injury prevention in the jeweler’s workshop. By Christine Dhein

On the Level  Consistent stone height is critical when channel setting. By Joel McFadden

Painting a Picture Rendering emerald cuts and heart-shaped stones. By Rémy Rotenier

Pastel Perfection Creating stellar prongs on a massive shank. By Roland Auer

Pearls of Precision Crafting a custom pearl necklace. By Gregory Crawford

The Perfect Polish Tips for hand polishing. By Jim Dailing

Petite Bezel Burnisher A useful tool repurposed from an old bur shaft. By Helen I. Driggs

Piercing Discovery Repurposing saw blades. By Alan Revere

Powerful Plastic Creating plastic dies for small production runs. By Roland Auer

Prying Pliers Transforming flat-nosed pliers into prong-pulling pliers. By Jimmy Butts

PVC to the Rescue  Repurposed plastic shop helpers. By Helen I. Driggs

Quick on the Draw A step-by-step guide to drawing and shading a round gemstone. By Rémy Rotenier

Retipping From the "Ultimate Repair Guide." Compiled by Shawna Kulpa and Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

Repair Tips From the "Ultimate Repair Guide." Compiled by Shawna Kulpa and Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

Ring Sizing From the "Ultimate Repair Guide." Compiled by Shawna Kulpa and Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

Rust Removal  Fight a common foe with ordinary household ingredients. By Helen I. Driggs

Settin’ Pretty Top tips for successful stone setting. By John Shanahan

Shape Shifters  Creating simple chasing tools. By Charles Lewton-Brain

Shipshape Shop Equipment maintenance guidelines. Compiled by Shawna Kulpa

Shop Space Three designers explain their shop layouts. By Shawna Kulpa

A Slippery Slope  Securing curved stones for easy drilling. By Helen I. Driggs

Small Wonders Quick and efficient accessories for small part pickling. By Helen I. Driggs

Sneaky Setting Punch  A tool for where your bezel rocker won’t fit. By Helen I. Driggs

Something Borrowed See how three jewelers borrowed tools and equipment from other industries. By Shawna Kulpa

Split Lapping Tips for split lapping your way to a fast and effective finish. By Brett Gober

The Straight and Narrow An easy method for straightening wire. By Helen I. Driggs

Scroll It Up  Creating a homemade engraving turntable. By Fabio Penuela

Super Tools Four designers share their favorite modified tools. By Shawna Kulpa

Taking in Repairs Compiled by Shawna Kulpa

Taste Test Determining the effectiveness of your ultrasonic. By Oliver Passe

Thai Tool Tricks Thai chasers creatively solve their tooling needs. By Charles Lewton-Brain

That’s a Wrap Using Tesa tape and a laser to resize eternity rings. By Roland Auer

Think Outside the Kitchen Kitchen equipment that can be used in the shop. By Shawna Kulpa

Tip Off  Restoring worn out beading tools. By Fabio Penuela

Tool Testing Testing Cosmia buffs, the Bonny Doon heavy forming hammer, and Supra cutters and pliers. By Tina Snyder

Tooling Around A look at a few jewelers who refuse to use tools the way they were designed. By Shawna Kulpa

Unexpected Tools Non-jeweler’s tools give fabrication a new twist. By Helen I. Driggs

Under the Hammer Raising a 22k bud vase. By Bill Fretz

Weaving Loop-in-Loop Chain Video By Ann Cahoon

What’s All the Hoopla? Making hoop earrings from tubing. By Gary Dawson

White Hot 1 Tips for soldering and annealing palladium. By Chris Ploof

White Hot 2 Tips for sizing, welding, and engraving palladium. By Chris Ploof

With a Twist Optimizing a saw blade for cutting wax. By Alan Revere

Wood Craft Modifying your bench pin for maximum performance. By Charlie Herner.


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