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015 Jewelry Back Health Soldering Mini Saw Frame

JewelryMonk Podcast #15

Podcast 15

In todays episode, we cover my work-life balance struggles, back injury and back health, soldering techniques, and I introduce a new tool I use.

Harney Peak

Harney Peak, is the highest natural point in South Dakota and the Black Hills and the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains at over 7200 ft.

I am trying to find that balance between Work – Health – Family life

Evaluating my day,….. not by productivity, but by Soul-care and “Health-care, both physically and mentally.

Learning….. When I say yes to something, I also have to say NO to something else.

Health

One quick tip is the 25/5 rule, have a timer. If you have an apple watch, smart phone, or just an egg timer, while you are at the bench, set it for every 25 minutes, have something blink or beep at you and say, “Hey, get up and do something.” Do at least ten reps of something: walk around, stretch, get some water, run to the bathroom, take a five-minute break and then go back.

That means you have ten minutes of break every hour which keeps you moving and flowing. You can do lunges, do squats, or if you get a resistance band…. Keep it at your bench, and every 25 minutes, work on your back muscles, because of the posture we have as we sit at the bench, we tend to “Hunch” over the bench pin.

Cool Tool of the Week

Mini Saw Frame

Anderson Mini Saw Frames

Links for tools:

Rio Grande:

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Ottofrei:

Deskercize: Upper Back Stretches

Written by Ron Evans

Here are four simple upper back muscle stretches that can be done just about anywhere you find yourself seated — in the office, on an airplane, or even at the kitchen table. Just remember to take it slow whenever you begin a new exercise routine.

Neck Rolls

Begin by sitting upright, relaxing your shoulders, and placing your hands on your lap. Carefully lean your right ear over your right shoulder. Slowly move your chin down and let it drop toward your chest while keeping your back straight. Bring your head up until your left ear is over your left shoulder. Gently roll your head back and around to your right shoulder once more.

Even out the rhythm, keep your breathing calm and smooth, and repeat five to 10 times in each direction.

Shoulder Shrugs

Think of these as something akin to pushups for your shoulders. With your feet flat on the ground, straighten your back and allow your arms to hang down at your sides. Inhale and hold your breath while bringing your shoulders straight up as high as possible, then squeeze them tight for about two seconds. Breathe out and just let your arms drop back down. Do about eight to 10 shrugs per set.

For a bit more of a challenge, consider adding some lightweight dumbbells to the mix.

Shoulder Rolls

This one starts out like a shoulder shrug. But after pulling your shoulders up to your ears, move them back and down in a circle. Repeat the same movement in the forward direction as well. Five rolls both toward the back and front should do the trick.

Butterfly Wings

This stretch makes a nice compliment to neck rolls and helps to strengthen the rhomboid and pectoral muscles. Sit up straight and touch your fingertips to your shoulders with your elbows pointed out to the side. Keeping your fingers in place, exhale and slowly pull your elbows together in front of you until they touch. Breathe in and allow your arms move to their original position.

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I have been a little active on Facebook, SnapChat, Pinterest, Twitter,….I have been using them as an opportunity for me to add a little Entertainment, some Character, and Life lessons as well. Some of these platforms let you get a glimpse into my life outside jewelrymaking, and see me and my “Quirkyness” sometimes.

Leave you with a Quote

“Everything New will kill you.” Author….. Fear

So that is the 15th episode of The Jewelry Monk Podcast

If you find value in this podcast, tell a friend about it and the JewelryMonk.com website. That means way more to me than an iTunes review or anything. But if you go to itunes and leave me a review, I will be grateful. The more people hear about it, and the larger the community becomes.    And make sure to leave a comment on the website, I always respond.

Take Care of yourself,

Doug

014 Younger Next Year, Soldering, Prongs, Ventilation

Workout Episode 14

Good To Be Back

It has been a couple of months since I sat down behind the microphone for an episode of the JewelryMonk Podcast, and you know what? It feels really good to be back. I apologize for rambling on in the first part of the show, but I just wanted to let y’all know what has been up with me. In this episode, I touch on some health benefits of exercise, answer a couple of questions about soldering and flux, describe prong layout for stone setting, talk about ventilation, and last but not least, Boaty McBoatface…..ya.

Health

In the health segment, I highlighted a book that has had an impact on my outlook on life lately called “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge. It is a book about learning how to live longer and live well. It addresses the issues of living a healthy lifestyle, and I touch on how “life as a jeweler” can be a pretty sedentary life, but there are actions we can take to reverse this.

Listener Question

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I also answered a question from Tamara about soldering and flux. She had some problems with flux bubbling and splattering when soldering and losing her solder. She also asked about how to solder a wide shank and had some problems with solder flow. I gave her some tips and suggested some tools I use in soldering:

Handy Flux

 Titanium Solder Pick

Sheet Silver Solder

Smith Little Torch

Stone Setting Layout for Prongs 

I attempted to do something that “might” be the last time I try this….. I gave a semi-quick lesson involving a lot of numbers. I understand this is an audio format (podcasting) and I probably lost a number of you with measurements, percentages, and circles. Please give me feedback if you followed along, or got lost. Here are a number of pictures that go a long with the lesson which I promised in the podcast. Hope this helps:
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Shared Prong Illustration

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Inline Ventilation for Bench Fumes

In my Cool Tool “Pick of the Week”, I highlighted the need for good ventilation at the bench that I was reminded from a fellow jeweler Shoshana Kaliski from Shoshanakaliski.com

I chose to suggest the: Apollo Horticulture 4″ Inch 190 CFM Inline Duct Fan with Built In Variable Speed Controller

Inline Fan

This little fan is quiet, powerful, and can be a healthy way to vent fumes away from your bench……

Just add adjustable flexible venting.

There you have it, the 14th episode of The JewelryMonk Podcast. 

If you would like to come along side me and help out in my vision, I have created a way to do that. I have a Patreon site www.Patreon.com/jewelrymonk You can go there and help me finance this goal of helping as many jewelers as I can. If you would give a few dollars per month, per podcast episode, whatever, I would be so grateful.

AND

If you would commit to pitching in $10 per month towards this effort, I will give you a huge shout-out one of my upcoming episode of The JewelryMonk Podcast. Mentioning you, your business, your website, your Facebook page…… whatever you desire, Just like Rob from Bovar Jewelry does. Rob is a great up and coming jeweler that I have come to know well, and you are sure to hear great things from him in the future. Check out his awesome collection at BojarJewelry.com  Stop by and say hi to Rob for me. (BTW, his hair is amazing) 🙂

AND….. don’t forget to subscribe to this JewelryMonk.com website (upper right section) so you don’t miss a thing.

Until next time…… Go make something GREAT!

Doug

013 Jewelry and Silicosis, Saw-blade Stress Relief, Solder Talk

013 Jewelry and Silicosis, Saw blade Stress Relief, Solder Talk

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JewelryMonk Podcast Episode 13 features:

Health Tip

I talk about Silicosis, the dangers, and how to prevent this.  Silicosis is a lung disease caused by breathing in tiny bits of silica, a mineral that is part of sand, rock, and mineral ores such as quartz…… and Casting Investment. It mostly affects workers exposed to silica dust in occupations such mining, glass manufacturing, and Jewelry and foundry work. Over time, exposure to silica particles causes scarring in the lungs, which can harm your ability to breathe.

Question of the Week

I answer an email question where I was asked about the solder itself. When to use sheet solder, when to use wire solder when to use paste solder, and what is the difference?  I based my answer on my use of these products over the past 30 years.I also talk about the difference in Extra-Easy, Easy, Medium, and Hard Solders.

Tip of the Week

 In my tip of the week, I talked about a Saw Blade Video tip that I covered in an earlier blogpost. I also mentioned how you can follow some of my videos on Periscope (an app) and on Youtube. Make sure you follow and subscribe to both of these so you don’t miss any video content.

Cool Tool of the Week

Since I talked about silicosis and lung safety, I suggested a great particle and dust mask, the 3M 8511 Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve, 10-Pack. <— Here is a link to take you to the product I use. There are better products on the market, but these are very inexpensive and are so much better that no protection at all.

I also thanked Rob from www.BovarJewelry.com for coming along side me to help support the JewelryMonk vision of Education and encouraging jewelers of all levels.   If you would like to come along side me and help out in my vision, I have created a way to do that at Patreon.com You can go there and help me finance this goal of helping as many jewelers as I can. If you would give a few dollars per month, per podcast episode, whatever, I would be so grateful. AND if you would commit to pitching in $10 per month towards this effort, I will give you a huge shout-out one of my upcoming episode of The JewelryMonk Podcast.   Mentioning you, your business, your website, your Facebook page…… whatever you desire.

So that is the 13th episode of The Jewelry Monk Podcast

If you find value in this podcast, tell a friend about the JewelryMonk website. That means way more to me than an iTunes review or anything. The more people hear about it, and the larger the community becomes. And make sure to leave a comment as well, I always respond.

Now, get out there and make something shiny…..

Doug

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012 Mindset, Eye Health, Torch Talk, Half-Round/Flat Pliers

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The JewelryMonk Podcast Episode 12

In this podcast episode, I cover a recent road trip I took, (that is where I was last week) cover some Eye Health issues, Answer a question from a listener, cover a jewelry tip, and a tool of the week.

Health Tip

First, I found an article by Steven Aitchison on his website “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life” on Eye Health and eye exercises you can do to strengthen you eyes. As jewelry makers, our eyes are something we need to protect and keep strong. These 5 tips will help keep them healthy and make you think.

Eye-Exercises

 

Question Answered

Next, I answered a listener question about torch types, gas types, and torch usage. Smith Little Torch is my torch of choice. I explained why this week.

I have just picked up a Butane Torch, because I notice a lot of jewelers use them and I wanted to be able to relate and give advise. I haven’t picked up fuel for it yet, so I can’t give my thoughts on it yet. I will soon.

Again, If you have a question or comment  Send voice mail (button on right side of JewelryMonk.com) or send email to Doug@JewelryMonk.com like Naomi did: I am running low on questions this week. I usually answer all of them, but pick a few of them for the podcast.

Cool Tool and Tip of the Week

Half Round/Flat Pliers

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I talked about a blog post about re-surfacing Half Round/Flat Pliers at JewelryMonk.com/halfroundflat

I have so many favorite tools that it doesn’t do any of them justice to call them all “favorites”, but  I highlighted a tool that I seem to reach for almost every day, and I would be at a loss without it. It falls in the category of favorite tool for that reason, I talked about how to use them and how to modify them to work better for you. I like to prepare the surfaces of most of my tools so that they do don’t mark the jewelry that I am working on. Most of the tools that you buy are going to need a little “clean-up” so let’s look at how I clean up these pliers. 

Here is a –>YouTube Link<– for a video that I made that quickly demonstrates one way I use these pliers.

If you would like to come along side me and help out in my vision, I have created a way to do that. I have a Patreon site www.Patron.com/jewelrymonk You can go there and help me finance this goal of helping as many jewelers as I can. If you would give a few dollars per month, per podcast episode, whatever, I would be so grateful. AND if you would commit to pitching in $10 per month towards this effort, I will give you a huge shout-out one of my upcoming episode of The JewelryMonk Podcast. Mentioning you, your business, your website, your Facebook page…… whatever you desire.

Leave you with a Quote

“Becoming … is better than being”

Mindset  by― Carol S. Dweck,

So that is the 12th episode of The Jewelry Monk Podcast

If you find value in this podcast, tell a friend about it and the JewelryMonk.com website. The more people hear about it, and the larger the community becomes. And make sure to leave a comment, I always respond.

 Now, go make something exciting!

Doug

011 Goal Setting, Depression, Tumbling Questions, Wax Remelting, Max Wax Pen

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The JewelryMonk Podcast Episode 11

Goals

In this episode, I kick off talking about all the goals I have set for myself and this website for the year 2016. Some of them are:

Updating the Blogpost 2 times a week, Podcasting once a week, and creating a video once a week as well.

I also talked about some personal goals like Exercise, Nutrition, Family, and my Spiritual Journey as well as some Intellectual goals of reading a new book every month.

Question of the Week

I answer a question about tumblers and tumbling techniques. I got a question about the difference between Rotary (barrel) Tumblers and Vibratory Tumblers. Also touch on the difference between different medias and when to use Ceramic Media and when to use Mixed Steel Shot.

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JewelryMonk Tip of the Week

  I share some experimenting I have done with remelting wax parts into wax blocks of different sizes and thicknesses. Some of the things I have learned is that I melt the wax parts with my Digital Hot Plate in a small Nonstick Cake Pan, pop any bubbles that appear, slowly turn down the temp until the wax solidifies, and then turn remove from the heat. This makes the wax blocks uniform and warp less.

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I also talk about an article from theHustle.co called

“Depression, Among Entrepreneurs is an Epidemic Nobody is Talking About.” 

15 Tips for Dealing with Depression

Depression

Cool Tool of the Week:

Max Wax Pen

MaxWax

A battery powered wax pen for those of you wax carvers and wax workers.

I like to use this to do quick touch up work, to seam the waxes to the tree, and and fill wax pits from wax injections.

Cordless and portable portable

Powered by one AA battery

Easily carve through wax to create jewelry

Instant heat up to 850-¦ with finger pressure control.

Interchangeable micro tips

Also kicked off a Patreon.com/JewelryMonk page to allow others to help support the JewelryMonk vision

Support

I have spent the last couple of weeks working on, and setting my goals for 2016

Setting goals is one thing, but until I move on them, they are just goals……Hesitancy kills

SO my quote for the week, American naturalist John Burroughs put it this way,

“Leap and the net will appear.”


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