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2019 MJSA Vision Award WinnersThe Road Less Traveled

By Shawna Kulpa, Rebecca Oster Bach, John Shanahan, & Tina Snyder

Imagination and creativity are funny things. We think they’re traits we can control, flipping a switch and steering them to the destinations we intend. But in reality, we’re just passengers along for the ride. And jewelry designers are no different from the rest of us: Their imaginations take control of their projects, as their hands try to keep up. In the case of the designers featured in this month’s article, that drive propelled them to top honors in the 2019 MJSA Vision Awards competition. Discover the paths they took in creating their winning designs.


Go with the Flow Spruing Graphic Go with the Flow 
(Members Only)

By Shawna Kulpa

Casting jewelry isn’t for the faint of heart. It involves high temperatures, molten metal,and a whole lot of physics and metallurgy. Although most jewelers are content to leave the heavy lifting to their trusty casters, some may still decide to attach the sprues to their models to make cleaning up the finished castings easier. To help with that, we checked in with jewelry casting experts for their best advice on spruing. Follow their suggestions to help ensure casting success.


New Products 

Sisma Everes 3-D Printers
Based on digital light processing (DLP) technology, the Sisma Everes 3-D printers feature zero tilting technology (ZTT), which is designed to enable extremely fast printing routines while producing quality prints. ZTT allows the printer vat to remain fixed in the machine while the glass platform that models are built on is tilted after each layer is printed, avoiding a suction effect that can cause mechanical stress on the part being printed. Offering a fast printing speed and automatic resin loading/unloading, the printers are available in two models. The Everes Zero model has a build area of 96 mm by 54 mm and an XY resolution of 50 microns. The Everes Uno has a build area of 124.8 mm by 70.2 mm and an XY resolution of 65 microns. Both models offer a printing speed of up to 6 min/cm. Contact: Paul H. Gesswein & Co. Inc., 201 Hancock Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605; 1-203-366-5400; fax 366-3953; e-mail info@gesswein.com; gesswein.com. MJSA Member

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Best Built Laser Engraving Machine
Suitable for use on precious and base metals, polymers, and ceramics, the Best Built Laser Engraving Machine is designed to do high-speed and high accuracy marking/cutting using a pulsed wave ytterbium-doped laser with scan head. Capable of various engraving effects, such as circumferential and deep engraving as well as single, outline, hatch, black, and color marking, the unit has a maximum engraving area of 112 mm X by 112 mm Y by 115 mm Z. In addition, the machine can also be used to laser cut jewelry, such as monograms, patterns, and nameplates, at a high speed and with precision. It comes with MagicArt5 software that is specifically designed for the jewelry industry. Featuring a built-in air-cooling system, the printer has an enclosed working area that prevents accidents and keeps dust from scattering. It measures 358 mm wide by 550 mm high by 585 mm deep (14.09 inches by 21.65 inches by 23.03 inches). Contact: Stuller Inc., 302 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette, LA 70508; 1-800-877-7777 or 1-337-262-7700; e-mail sales@stuller.com; stuller.com. MJSA Member

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Badeco M1 Portable Micromotor Kit
Designed to give the user outstanding precision and control as well as portability, the Badeco M1 Portable Dual Voltage Micromotor Kit features the super-mini Badeco Nano P3000 micromotor and the 460 horsepower super-mini 3/32" quick-change handpiece. The micromotor is ca-pable of 30,000 rpm, and a portable dual voltage rechargeable control box allows for both forward and reverse operation as well as either hand or foot control use. Together, the micromotor and handpiece make a powered handpiece that is 17 mm (0.67 inch) in diameter and 110 mm (4.375 inches) long, and weighs only 110 grams (3 ounces). Contact: Otto Frei, 126 Second St., Oakland, CA 94607; 1-510-832-0355; e-mail info@ottofrei.com; ottofrei.com. MJSA Member

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Trends: Diamonds

Trends Aug 2019: Diamonds

A Bumpy Road (Members Only)
By Deborah A. Yonick
A look at diamond profitability 


At the Bench

ATB Aug 2019 Channel Setting

On the Level (Members Only)
By Joel McFadden
A guide to channel setting. 


CAD/CAM Corner

CAD texture

Digital Detailing (Members Only)
By Darla Alvarez
Applying texture to CAD models for 3-D printing.


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Business Strategies

Bus Strategies Aug 2019 Photographing Jewelry

The Whole Picture (Pt.3) (Members Only)
By Matthew Perosi
Tips for photographing jewelry.


At the Bench

ATB Aug 2019 Bench Ergonomics Posture

No Pain, All Gain (Members Only)
By Christine Dhein
Ergonomics and posture at the bench.


Design Challenge 2019

MJSA Design Challenge 2019

Responsibly Sourced Designs
See the latest design entries in this year’s design challenge.


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