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Wolf Adjustable TrimmerFlex-Shaft with Jump Ringer KitRonda Coryell’s Masking MudForedom Brushless Micromotor SystemPUK C440Orion 100c Jewelry Welder160 MM ULTRA Mill, Professional SeriesCalibrated Ring MandrelsQuatro Jet-Stream MC2 Dust CollectorSaeshin Brilliant Portable MicromotorDurston LampCLIQ Sizing KitGEMINI Pro

 

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Wolf Adjustable Trimmer

Developed to trim carving wax accurately and quickly, the Wolf Adjustable Trimmer fits on the Foredom H.30 handpiece and can be used with a cylinder bur to quickly trim wax or plastic. It can also be held against a table or bench pin or placed in a GRS BenchMate bracket using the included Wolf GRS Collar. The trimmer features degree indexing on the side of its stainless steel table to facilitate milling and reproducing precise angles. A rip fence helps in making smooth straight cuts. In addition, it can be used with sanding cartridges for metal work and with separating disks on metal to cut grooves for inlay or channel setting. Contact: Foredom Electric Co., 16 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06801; 1-203-792-8622; fax 203-730-4554; e-mail customerservice@blackstoneind.com; foredom.net.

 

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Flex-Shaft with Jump Ringer Kit

Designed for jewelers who want to produce hundreds of jump rings accurately, quickly, and safely, this kit combines the Foredom K.8301 flex-shaft set with an AK307 Pepetools Jump Ring Maker. Designed to be hung over a jeweler’s bench, the flex-shaft comes with a 1/6 hp, ball-bearing M.SR motor that runs in forward and reverse at speeds up to 18,000 rpm. The handpiece has a three-jaw, geared chuck with a 0 to 5/32-inch capacity. The jump ringer kit includes 20 mandrels ranging from 2.5 mm to 12 mm, a keyless winding chuck with handle, a coil holder, and a saw attachment designed for use with the handpiece. Contact: Foredom Electric Co., 16 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06801; 1-203-792-8622; fax 203-730-4554; e-mail customerservice@blackstoneind.com; foredom.net.

 

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Ronda Coryell’s Masking Mud

Ronda Coryell’s Masking Mud is an anti-fusing agent designed to help ensure a crisp, clean fusion of metal parts when soldering or fusing them together. Ideal for use with Argentium but also suitable for use with gold, silver, and non-ferrous metals, the mud protects the metal adjacent to the area being joined so that the joint is precisely (and only) where it is wanted. In addition, the mud helps to prevent the adjacent metal form or structures from distorting under the heat of the flame. After soldering/fusing, the mud can be removed with water and a soft brush, followed by pickle. Contact: Rio Grande Inc., 7500 Bluewater Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121; 1-800-545-6566; fax 800-965-2329; e-mail info@riogrande.com; riogrande.com.

 

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Foredom Brushless Micromotor System

Offering up to 50,000 rpm, the Foredom Brushless Micromotor System features a brushless motor design that eliminates the need to replace any carbon brushes. Sealed in a plastic housing to eliminate dust, noise, and excessive vibration, the control unit allows users to set a precise desired speed or the maximum speed to operate the variable-speed foot rheostat. It offers an easy-to-read LED digital display. Weighing 11.5 ounces and measuring 6.5 inches long (165 mm), the ergonomic handpiece is designed with a coated rubber grip. The unit can be changed between collets quickly and easily, and a twist quick-change mechanism allows for burs and tools to be changed in seconds. Two collets (3/32" and 1/8") are included. Contact: Foredom Electric Co., 16 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06801; 1-203-792-8622; fax 203-730-4554; e-mail customerservice@blackstoneind.com; foredom.net. Paul H. Gesswein & Co., 201 Hancock Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605; 1-203-366-5400; fax 366-3953; e-mail sales@gesswein.com; gesswein.com. 

 

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PUK C440

Developed by goldsmiths for goldsmiths, the PUK C440 pulse arc welder can be used to weld on findings, add metal, weld adjacent to gemstones, weld silver, fill porosity, attach workpieces prior to soldering, weld seams, and more. Suitable for use on any metal or alloy normally used for welding, the unit delivers a spot size as small as 0.2 mm and features button controls on the front for easy use. Compact and versatile, the welder offers a very low, controllable development of heat, making it suitable for use on the thinnest of metals. Contact: Paul H. Gesswein & Co., 201 Hancock Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605; 1-203-366-5400; fax 366-3953; e-mail sales@gesswein.comgesswein.com.

 

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Orion 100c Jewelry Welder

Designed to help users become proficient in minutes, the Orion 100c is a compact jewelry welding system that offers pulse-arc and resistance weld modes for a variety of tasks, including resizing rings, filling porosity, re-tipping prongs, and more. Users can select the metal they are welding and the type of weld being performed, and the welder’s software will set the rest of the settings automatically. Featuring a 5X microscope with eye protection, the welder has a melt spot of 0.75 to 2.5 mm, a 5-inch touchscreen, and 30 customizable save settings. It has a footprint measuring 10.75 inches long by 6 inches wide by 6.65 inches high (27.3 cm by 15.2 cm by 16.9 cm). Contact: Orion Welders, 1693 American Way, #5, Payson, UT 84651; 1-801-658-0015; fax 866-701-1209; e-mail sales@orionwelders.com; orionwelders.com.

 

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160 MM ULTRA Mill, Professional Series

Engineered to work in a fast-paced production environment, the 160 MM ULTRA is an industrial mill that pairs a 3/4 hp NORD motor with both flat and wire rolls. Featuring a ductile cast steel frame, the mill offers a variety of wire roll shapes, including square, round, bezel, triangle, and comfort-fit, in a range of sizes. Made in the USA, the mill has a space-saving design with a footprint that measures 29 inches wide by 12 inches deep by 18 inches high (48.3 cm by 30.5 cm by 45.7 cm). Contact: Pepetools Inc., 7601 SW 34th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73179; 1-405-745-4054; fax 745-4335; e-mail info@pepetools.com; pepetools.com.

 

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Calibrated Ring Mandrels

Precision-manufactured to ISO standards, these calibrated ring mandrels are designed to ensure that everyone involved in the process of selling, making, and repairing rings will have identical measuring instruments. The mandrels are available in steel or aluminum: Retail showroom staff can use the aluminum mandrels (along with a matching set of finger gauges) to measure customers’ fingers and rings and be confident that the jewelers in the workshop will match the size of the rings on the steel mandrels, which are made from a hardened material to resist dents and dings. The mandrels are available with or without grooves and measure U.S. sizes 1-16. Contact: Pepetools Inc., 7601 SW 34th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73179; 1-405-745-4054; fax 745-4335; e-mail info@pepetools.compepetools.com.

  

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Quatro Jet-Stream MC2 Dust Collector

Capable of offering 141 cubic feet per minute of suction, the Quatro Jet-Stream MC2 is a compact dust collector that comes with a built-in controller that provides automatic on-off of the suction motor every time a connected flex-shaft, micromotor, or polishing lathe is turned on. It features an automatic shut-off delay that extends the dust collection for several seconds after the flex-shaft or other equipment was used, helping to remove any residual airborne particles. The unit automatically informs the user when the filters need cleaning and motor brushes replacing. It also features an input for connecting an on/off switch so users can avoid having to reach down to power up the collector when operating it manually. The unit measures 13 inches high by 10.25 inches wide by 14.25 inches deep (31 cm by 26 cm by 36.2 cm). Contact: Otto Frei, 119 Third St., Oakland, CA 94607; 1-510-832-0355; e-mail info@ottofrei.com; ottofrei.com.

  

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Saeshin Brilliant Portable Micromotor

Pairing an E-type micromotor with a slim 3/32-inch fixed collect quick-change handpiece, the Saeshin Brilliant portable micromotor offers the low-speed torque needed for precision stone-setting applications. Featuring a rechargeable nickel-hydrogen battery that can power the unit for up to 8 hours between charges, the micromotor can operate in forward or reverse, and it can achieve up to 30,000 rpm. Settings can be adjusted in 1,000-rpm increments by a dial on the control box. It is designed for use with 3/32-inch burs only. Contact: Otto Frei, 119 Third St., Oakland, CA 94607; 1-510-832-0355; e-mail info@ottofrei.comottofrei.com.

  

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Durston Lamp

The Durston Lamp offers three LED lighting settings: 3,000K, 4,500K, and 6,000K. Setting adjustments are made through a single push button. Each of the three settings is fully dimmable, and the intensity of each setting can be adjusted with the push button. Designed to easily attach to a jeweler’s bench or other work surface, the lamp’s clamp can open to a maximum of 2 3/8 inches. The lamp’s shade measures 20 inches long by 3.5 inches wide at its widest point. Both of the lamp’s arms measure 19 inches long. Contact: Otto Frei, 119 Third St., Oakland, CA 94607; 1-510-832-0355; e-mail info@ottofrei.comottofrei.com.

 

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CLIQ Sizing Kit

Developed to take the guesswork out of sizing hinged shank rings, the CLIQ sizing set includes sizing rings that open and close on a hinge, allowing jewelers to bypass the knuckle to determine a customer’s true ring size. Featuring magnetic closures, the sizers range from size 2 to 13.5 in half-size increments. They come in a presentation case for front-of-store use. Contact: CLIQ, 211 N. 13th St., 9th Flr., Philadelphia, PA 19107; 1-800-765-7111; fax 214-246-0910; e-mail info@cliqjewelry.com; cliqjewelry.com.

  

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GEMINI Pro

Designed for jewelry retailers, wholesalers, designers, and manufacturers, GEMINI Pro is jewelry specific software that uses Microsoft SQL server technology to handle inventory, management of customers and vendors, job bag creation and tracking, special orders, repairs, memos, diamonds, POS with EMV-integrated credit-card processing, QuickBooks real-time integration, employee time clock, and more. New features of the latest version of the software include enhanced business analytical reporting, CRM/clienteling, POS, and diamond functionality. The software is also linked to GEMINI Insight, a new forecasting sales service for the jewelry industry. Contact: MPI Systems Inc., Wilton, CT 06897; 1-203-762-2260; fax 762-9263; e-mail sales@mpisystems.com; mpisystems.com.

 

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