In Praise of the tig welder

In Praise of the tig welder

My hydrotorch has gotten a lot of love recently but the lowly TIG welder not enough.

On a recent project, the TIG welder saved a ton of fiddling time. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, trying to get titanium clamps to hold tightly in geometrically impossible angles, I took a break.

If only I could hold the pieces together with my hands while tacking them in place…. o wait

Yes, this is not an impulse purchase but in my NYC apartment canned gasses are outlawed. (And when gasses are outlawed, outlaws become gasses?!? I guess that doesn’t work here.) So I’ve invested in alternative soldering options and this is one of them. (O & because no canned gasses, no argon – so there is a bit more oxidation than there could be.)

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I was a Dragon in a former life…

I was a Dragon in a former life…

-Travis Kerschner

I like shiny things, but that’s not a problem because I’m a jeweler and, as such, I make shiny things.

Sometimes they include precious or semi-precious gems.

That means I’m constantly searching for them; each a one-of-a-kind combination of color, cut, and clarity.

Then the trouble starts…

Fancy cut? Yes, please.

Have inclusions that make the stone look like shattered glass? Perfect.

Interesting color? Where do I sign up?

Once I find the right stones, I’ll buy them, holding them, staring into them, putting them away somewhere safe.

The stone I just bought is crying out to be set, and shown, and appreciated.

But…… If I do that someone will probably buy it (I mean that’s the whole point of being a professional jeweler right? To sell something at least every now and then.) Once that piece goes to its new forever home – it’s no longer mine and rightfully so.

My customers want those same unique stones and pieces of art too, without them none of what I do would be possible. That’s my motivation to keep searching, buying, building and selling. When a customer comes to my shop and says “I’ve never seen anything like this before” that’s when I know I’ve really done something special.

I often think, if I sell some pieces, I can buy more gems and maybe find one that’s more unique and prettier than the last one. – The ongoing hunt is real. That’s why I think I used to be a Dragon and my studio is the Dragon’s horde, full of shiny things that I love and can only sometimes barely mange to get out for sale.

I tell myself, a huge upside to having a horde is being able to fulfill custom requests. Customers want something like XYZ, but in blue or green, maybe with an opal? I can dive into my horde and show them something that was being saved – just for them and that moment in time when everything was perfect. Sometimes it doesn’t work, (that clearly means that I just need more and shinier things right?) but a lot of times I have the exact right thing.

For now, I’ll embrace having been a Dragon and accept the fact that there is probably nothing to be done about my little gem “problem”. It’s fun to make shiny things, even though it may be slightly more fun to keep them all for myself.

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JA NY

JA NY

The Summer JA NY event was this weekend. The show seems to be getting smaller each time.

It’s worth going even if you’re just beginning your jewelry journey.

On Instagram, many of my followers are gem sellers. Their photos and videos are carefully lit and the stones are often oiled.

At the JA NY show I can see stones in person, examine them under the harsh fluorescent lights of the Javits Center and walk away with the winners.

Admission is free if you are part of the trade.

The next one is October 24-26.

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Cuttlefish Casting

Cuttlefish Casting

Liz Hoskinson

Growing up on the South Coast of the UK, I was aware that every year in late spring there would be a surge in the number of cuttlefish washed up on the beach – heralded by the dog going berserk, rolling in them and then running back to slide herself across our legs – sharing the cologne that is second only to fox poo!

Cuttlebone is the skeleton of the cuttlefish and is mostly made up of calcium carbonate built in layers a bit like plywood.

Fortuitously for us jewelry makers, this structure has a gorgeous wave like appearance that is easily carved and is also able to tolerate the heat of molten silver. Every piece made with cuttlebone is unique as the mold is destroyed during the process, although I have heard of some artists managing to get a couple of impressions out of 1 mold, the impressions created will still differ.

Did you know that the soft dusty centre can be used for cleaning and polishing? You can make it into a paste and use it as a rub to remove limescale from the shower door – who knew?

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Troubleshooting the ET Hydrotorch l45

Troubleshooting the ET Hydrotorch l45

My torch was running fine after the yearly maintenance in March but the flame size was diminishing and there was a small hissing sound.  Looking into the vent, corrosion and residue could be seen. 

Calling the expert, Ed at Rio Grande, he recommended taking off the top, cleaning it up and turning it on to see where it was leaking
There was significant residue underneath and the acid had eaten away the paint on the top.  After cleaning up, the leak appears to be coming from the neck of the tank where the electrolyte and water are refilled.

After another consultation with Ed, we decided taking the top off and using my Orion Micro TIG welder to add some steel to the area.


This seemed to do the trick. The final video shows the unit running after about 5 minutes without any leaking.

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