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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 make a wearable and workable metal.

14k yellow gold was 58.5 parts 24k gold mixed with 41.5 parts copper. 

18k yellow gold was 75.5 parts 24k gold mixed with 24.5 parts copper.

I am using copper as an example. These days there are Continue reading How to anneal white gold, The answer may surprise you.

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How to bezel set gemstones like a pro!

How to bezel set 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 to know how to add a little color to your jewelry this is a great place to start.

Thanks for watching.
I have a link below to the tool list. You can also find it under Supplies in the menu. Enjoy!

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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 you have soft metal). There are a few steps before you can heat the baby up.

The metal should be coated in a protective substance called a “Barrier Flux”. It is made up of boric acid and 91% isopropyl alcohol.

Many people use denatured alcohol. I discovered it’s toxic and the human body does not metabolize denatured alcohol. This means it doesn’t leave your body very easily once you have absorbed it. Kind of scary. That is why I recommend 91% isopropyl alcohol because it’s less dangerous.

The 91% isopropyl alcohol burns off nearly as well as denatured alcohol. I do not recommend the 70% isopropyl alcohol.

You can mix the boric and isopropyl solution 50/50 for a thicker solution. This will provide a nice thick coating for your metal. This is good for annealing. If you are soldering you can use 25% boric and 75% isopropyl alcohol.

Use a glass jar with a lid. I use an old pickle jar or you could use

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

Free 'How To' lapidary basics PDF

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 and petrified dinosaur bone. Here are a few photos of the cabochons they made. I can’t wait to do it again!

 

If you are interested in cutting stones or would like a FREE PDF of the “how to” steps of cutting a stone, stone hardness scales and more, click the link and DOWNLOAD the file. It’s free! Continue reading North House Folk Schools – Free PDF – Agate Cutting Class – On The Rocks!

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JEWELRY WAX CARVING- 12 STEPS TO SUCCESS!

Wax carving -Lost wax casting

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 angles are at 90 degree angles. Yup, everything! It doesn’t matter if your design only has curves in it or if you are carving a miniature 2 x 4 piece of lumber. Everything on our wax must be square to start. I will also say this is the most boring of all the steps but necessary.

Step #2

When picking a piece of wax to carve it should be big enough to hold your design. Make sure if you were to cut out your design that it would fit on the block of wax. If you are lucky enough to Continue reading JEWELRY WAX CARVING- 12 STEPS TO SUCCESS!

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Welcome to Gotcha Rocks!

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 certain stone comes from, I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

I have over 21 years of lapidary, jewelry making, silversmithing and goldsmithing experience. I also have extensive web and brick and mortar sales experience.

In short this site is designed to help you succeed.

Hope you’ll return to the site soon.  It will be worth it!

 
 

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