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Be Kind to Fish! Dispose of ALL Spent Pickle Responsibly.

The sad truth is that the  “safe” “organic” “natural” or “food grade” products sold as jewelry pickle are only all of those things BEFORE you use them. Even after you use them they are still (relatively) safe for you and your drains, … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Lemel Trap

Every year I cut a LOT of silver wire into tens of thousands of jump rings.  As the saw bites through the precious metal, it throws off lemel, the metal equivalent of sawdust. Unlike sawdust, silver lemel remains precious, and … Continue reading

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Heat Shield vs. Heat Sink: or Where Do I Put the Tweezers?!

You’ve put a bunch of time into a piece, and now you have to solder a ring onto the end of a chain, or an ear post onto the back of an earring, and you REALLY don’t want to ruin all … Continue reading

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Torch Leaking? Here’s the Test!

You’ve undoubtedly been told – possibly many times – that you need to test your torch regularly for gas leaks.  I was certainly told, but when I was a baby jeweler I didn’t know what to look for, and so, … Continue reading

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