Year: 2017

How to inlay a stone

How to inlay petrified dinosaur bone in a ring

The first time I saw petrified dinosaur bone was nearly 19 years ago. It was a red agatized dinosaur bone also known as gembone. Gembone is made when agate fills in all the nooks and crannies of the bone leaving you with a very interesting pattern. Here is a great picture of the patterning in …

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Mixed Jasper gemstones

Save yourself some time and your sweet money!

Save yourself some time and your sweet money! Here are a few essential things to have while you are setting up your silversmithing or goldsmithing shop. Knowing what tools to buy can save you big money and frustration from buying the wrong stuff. Take it from me, I had to find out the hard way …

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How to make a shadow band for a diamond ring.

Have you ever wanted to make a shadow band that fits right next to your diamond or gemstone ring? Well, here is a short video on how to use wax and a few tools to create a model ring that can be cast in gold or silver. I will be using a green wax which …

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How to anneal white gold. The answer may surprise you.

How to anneal white gold, The answer may surprise you.

What is the difference between annealing white gold and yellow gold? The answer may surprise you because the difference is as simple as what type of alloy is used. I will break this down into its simplest form for this example. Back in the day 14k and 18k yellow gold were alloyed with copper to …

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How to bezel set like a pro

How to bezel set gemstones like a pro!

Welcome! Learn the basic steps of setting a gemstone in a bezel mounting. This video takes you step by step and does a little trouble shooting along the way. Learn what tools you need to set gemstones as well as how to use them. If you have ever struggled to set stones or just wanted …

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How to anneal sterling silver - 7 BASIC STEPS

How to anneal sterling silver – 7 BASIC STEPS

Annealing is the term for softening metal so that it is malleable. The process involves heating the metal and then cooling it. Cooling the metal can be achieved through air cooling, quenching and sometimes both. Sterling silver is heated to a dull red(900F). Let it lose its redness and then quench in cool water. (Presto …

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Free 'How To' lapidary basics PDF

North House Folk Schools – Free PDF – Agate Cutting Class – On The Rocks!

I spent the last week up north in Grand Marais, Minnesota teaching two stone cutting classes back to back at the North House Folk School. What a great couple of groups! I have offered this class a few times and it continues to develop and get better and better. The classes both cut jaspers, agates …

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Wax carving -Lost wax casting

JEWELRY WAX CARVING- 12 STEPS TO SUCCESS!

This is the most important part of your jewelry wax carving. I will say it again. This is the most important part of your carving. Do not miss these steps! Step #1 The most important part of the wax carving process is making sure every thing is square. By square I mean all of our …

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Gotcha Rocks

Welcome to Gotcha Rocks!

Welcome to Gotcha Rocks! Nice to meet you. This site is currently under construction. That being said, Gotcha Rocks will show you many how-to videos and blog posts. Yup, that will be it. If you have ever wondered how to make jewelry or how to polish a stone or just wanted to know where a …

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