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006 Podcast, Rotary vs. Vibratory Comparison, Carpal Tunnel Exercises, Chasing Hammer

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In today’s podcast I am answering a request that Lisa Weber sent me about mass finishing, and to be more specific, tumblers. Here is an excerpt from her message:  “I would love to hear about processes that a small home shop could use to turn out professional pieces in a shorter time. Maybe you could address different types of tumblers and finishers and how to use them with different types of media and solutions for different results. That’s one thing I have been struggling with.”

First, tumbling, if you are working with a casted piece, you will have a casting surface that is a little rough. If you have a Vibratory Tumbler, I would recommend a 2 stage tumbling process, the first stage I usually tumble in a Ceramic Media overnight for 8 – 12 hours. I have my tumbler hooked up to a timer, set it up overnight and get it in the morning. This will remove the casting surface and give you a consistent surface. Then I place the pieces in the same vibratory tumbler with STAINLESS STEEL MEDIA MIXED SHOT for 1-2 hours.

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What the Steel does is “burnish” the surface and give you a shiny finish in those hard to get to places. A Magnetic Pin Tumbler also works great for this operation, and will do the job much quicker. Magnetic tumbler media is a lot “finer” and will get into those hard to reach places, like between prongs and fine detail, much better. If you are not dealing with casted products and the surface is a little better to begin with, you can go right to the steel shot or magnetic pin tumbler.

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Vibratory  vs. Rotary Tumbling Tips

Vibratory Tumbler:

Pros:   Quicker   –   More Durable   –   Better Finish  (sanding and soft burnishing)

Cons:   More expensive  –  ($300 and up) vs. (-$100-$200)  Learning curve with solutions (drip solutions)

Rotary Tumbler:

Pros:  easy to use and handle barrels   –   Less expensive   –   little easier to use

Cons:     Slower   –    Little harder on jewelry (work hardened) more violent action

I also touched on some stretching exercises that will hopefully prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Here are:

3 Wrist Exercises to Prevent Carpal Tunnel

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And lastly, I talked about my pick for the “Cool Tool of the Week”.  A 6 oz German Style Chasing Hammer.

Chasing Hammer

As always,   Thank you for stopping by the JewelryMonk Website. If you find value in this content, or if you like to keep up to date on the goings-on here, make sure to  Subscribe to the JewelryMonk Blog Via Email (link in the upper right cornerof this website) and if they know someone who makes jewelry or would enjoy this community, Share us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, we are there.  Tell them to have a listen to the JewelryMonk Podcast as well on iTunes or Stitcher.

005 Podcast, Jewelry News, Tips, Health, Business, Laughter

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Jewelry Tip of the Week

Lets work on your Basic sawing skill …. by sawing some sheet metal.

  • Get sawblades. They come in packs of a dozen (They break easy) sawblades come in a variety of sizes from 8/0 the smallest to 8 the largest. I could bore you with a bunch of dimensions of sizes of blades, but I could see your eyes glaze over,  just know, the thinner the metal, the smaller the blade you use. I use a 3/0 for most jobs. Make sure the teeth facing the handle, usually cut perpendicular on a flat bench pin.  (on thinner sheets, I angle the blade to make more contact.)
  • … I use a 4″ frame, they come in all sizes from 2″ to 8″ ( distance from the blade to the back of the frame) 4″ just feels right for me, I have better control. 3″-5″ are the most common sizes.
  • Lubricant ….. Bees wax, paraffin wax, bur life, Pro-Cut Bur Lubricant, Oil of Wintergreen,  so it glides as it cuts. Not too heavy….. I use my fingers most times.  If you notice the teeth getting clogged with metal, rub your fingers over the blade (with the teeth direction)
  • Practice scribed metal,  drill a hole if pierced design is being used. (practice with copper, brass, etc.)  Drill with foredom, next to line or design. Use a center punch  (Brass Automatic Spring Loaded Center Punch) (Cool Tool of the Week)
  • Wear Safety Glasses! (bifocal from last episodes Cool Tool of the Week) Bifocal Safety Glasses SB-9000 PS Clear, +2.00
  • Practice cutting straight lines with a scribed line, coins, designs from magazines, etc.

 

 

 

Symbol of scales is made of stones on the cliff

Tips on How to Have a Life of Balance: 

  • Have you ever struggled with the balance of work, family, rest, enjoyment? I do all the time.
  • If your definition of balance is equal amount of time energy and focus in both?   This is never going to be possible.  I think It is more like spending the “appropriate” amount of time in each of the categories of life. (looks different in different season of your life.)
  • 3 Vital Aspects:
  1. Balance is not the same as rest……..
  2. Balance is Dynamic (constantly changing)
  3. Most importantly,  Balance is intentional (it is a caused thing) not going to just show up

So here are a few tips or Habits that help retain Work/Life Balance:

  1. Learn how to say no…. frequently. so you can say yes to things that matter most…… There is a trade off.   Time (168 hr. in a week) there are only so many hours in a week to balance the “Need to get dones and the re-energize moments ……
  2. Reflect and adjust regularly. Weekly and Quarterly reviews…. not just business, but all aspects of life.
  3. Listen to your inner circle intently. (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Remember…. Most times you don’t choose your future,…. You choose your habits and your habits choose your future. So Choose wisely my friends.

Jewelry News

Hoover & Strong announces new Fair-mined metal source

Currently sourcing Fair-mined gold and silver from the a mine in Peru, Hoover & Strong has recently announced they have obtained a second Fair-mined source in Colombia.   “We have recently partnered with the Iquira Cooperative in Colombia to obtain Fair-mined gold for our customers interested in socially-responsible Fair-mined products and services,” says Torry Hoover, president of Hoover & Strong.   Officially called the Iquira Municipality Agro-Mineral Cooperative, the Cooperative is located in Colombia’s famous coffee region.   The miners alternate seasonally between artisanal gold mining and coffee cultivation. The Iquira Municipality Agro-Mineral Cooperative is a model example of how coffee, plantain, livestock farming and gold mining can coexist sustain-ably.    For more info, go to  www.fairmined.org.    Torry Hoover also said that  “As they continue their efforts to be the most responsible refiner and precious metals manufacturer in the world, they are delighted to add the Iquira Cooperative to their source list for Fair-mined gold.”   Hoover & Strong currently offers Fair-mined casting grain, sheet and round wire in 14K yellow, 18K royal, 24K yellow, sterling silver and fine silver. For more information about fair-mined gold and silver, check out www.hooverandstrong.com/fairmined-gold.


 

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Podcast 004 How to Make Pearl Posts, Stand up Work Stations, Bifocal Safety Glasses

JewelryMonk Episode 4

Making Pearl Posts

In todays episode we will cover:

JewelryMonk Tip of the Week

Pearl Posts

If you make jewelry long enough, you will eventually make a piece of jewelry with a pearl or a post that will hold a glued stone to it. Here is a quick way to make sure the pearl or the stone you set will be more secure.

For the whole article with pictures, visit www.JewelryMonk.com/pearlpost

Health Tip

We looked at some of the pros and cons of using a Stand Up Work Station

Business Tip

We all have bad days in business, right? And sometimes they’re beyond just bad. We drop a ball, miss a sale, or hurt a colleague. Suddenly, we’re doubting ourselves, doubting our worth, doubting everything.

What can we do when we find ourselves in places like this?

Well here are a few tips from Michael Hyatt’s Blog at www.MichaelHyatt.com  excerpts from Brené Brown’s book,

The Gifts of Imperfection

Cool Tool of the Week

I turned 50 this year and one thing I have gotten used to is wearing “bifocals”….groan. I know, I know.

So here is my “Cool Tool of the week.

Bifocal Safety Glasses SB-9000 PS Clear, +2.00

The best of both worlds, safety and sight!!

As always, thanks for stopping by and If you find value in this content, or if you like to keep up to date on the goings-on here, make sure to Subscribe to this Blog Via Email (link in the upper right corner) also check out the JewelryMonk Podcast either on this website, or on iTunes. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Podcast 003 Cancer Journey, Annealing Tip, and Dealing with Negative Comments

Annealing Episode 003

Cancer!!

The Worst/Best journey I have been through this year. I am scarred and battered, but better for having gone through the process…… really.

Tip of the Day:

Annealing

If you have done much silver work, then work hardening the silver is something you are probably familiar with. Work hardening is when you have beat, bent, stretched, folded, or in any other way “WORKED”  the silver so much that it has lost its flexibility or workability. One example is if you go to www.JewelryMonk.com/annealing

Business Help

3 steps to handle negative comments on social media  (info from the Harmon Group)

  1. Acknowledge Quickly: Speed is essential when dealing with an unhappy customer through social media.
  2. Move to the Appropriate Forum: Once you have responded to the comment, move the conversation to the appropriate forum.
  3. Take Action: Finally, take action. Sometimes a sincere apology will satisfy the customer.

As always, thanks for stopping by and If you find value in this content, or if you like to keep up to date on the goings-on here, make sure to Subscribe to this Blog Via Email (link in the upper right corner) also check out the JewelryMonk Podcast either on this website, or on iTunes. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

JewelryMonk Podcast Episode 2 Vision and Jewelry Questions Answered

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JewelryMonk Podcast Episode 2 Vision and Jewelry Questions Answered

Well, Episode 2 of the JewelryMonk Podcast is finished and ready for your listening pleasure. On this show we will look at a little news, a glimpse into future planning, a couple of questions answered, and although I’m still nervous behind the microphone, I hope you enjoy it.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a “Podcast” is, think of it as an internet radio show that you can subscribe to, usually on iTunes or another service. You can also listen to it on a computer, or have it downloaded on a mobile device such as a smart phone or ipod, even some newer car stereos. Just click on “play” down below.

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Again, I am just trying to get my feet wet in this and get used to a new media, I am going to be trying a lot of new things here soon that I am unfamiliar with, so please bear with me until I get a little more “professional” sounding, it is a work in progress. I just want to give you a little more of my vision here at JewelryMonk.com. I promise it will get better and more focused as it progresses.  (I am also used to 2 co-hosts that make me look good on my other podcast)

I have some interviews planned in the up and coming episodes, I am working on video and a YouTube channel, all kinds of fun and exciting things in store, so stay tuned. If you have any questions,  suggestions, or comments just send me either a comment here of a voice message by clicking the “Send Voicemail” button on the right.

Thanks once again for stopping by, sit back and enjoy, and as always……

Go make someone else’s world SHINE!

Doug