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What you read and learn inspires what you make. Cleverwerx's jewelry metalsmithing books and know-how are carefully written to help advance your experience at the bench. Cleverbits cover shorter and specific topics. Cleverbites provide information on complete processes and other major topics of knowledge.
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Finding Your Artistic Voice - Originally Posted in the Orchid Forums 07/08/2008
SKU: CWX-CBTS4
Finding Your Artistic Voice - Originally Posted in the Orchid Forums 07/08/2008
As an artist, I get to change my methodology, learn, and create a voice of my own. If a person can only copy and not innovate, then their work will always look like a project piece.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
The Flex-Shaft: A Tool of Diversity - Texas Jeweler Winter 2006
SKU: CWX-TXJLR1
The Flex-Shaft: A Tool of Diversity - Texas Jeweler Winter 2006
Flex-shafts sit on every jeweler's bench and in classrooms for jewelry makers all over the world yet they are one of the most misunderstood tools in the arsenal of the maker.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Growing Through Critique - Originally posted in the Orchid Forums 07/01/2009
SKU: CWX-CBTS5
Growing Through Critique - Originally posted in the Orchid Forums 07/01/2009
I value critiques because they were the foundation of my art education. We become so personally invested in our work that we need to follow two of the basic rules in the Four Agreements: don't take things personally and don't make assumptions.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Silver Shows by Suzanne Wade - Lapidary Journal 11/2000
SKU: CWX-LPDJ1
Silver Shows by Suzanne Wade - Lapidary Journal 11/2000
At some time or another, virtually every jewelry artist works in silver. Its affordable yet effective for creativity and innovation. Included in this informative and thought provoking article: Karen Christians on Texture & Color.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Designing Your Piece - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 03/08/2008
SKU: CWX-CBTS6
Designing Your Piece - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 03/08/2008
Design and learning design started with photography for me. You can find a simple way to learn design where you might not expect.Design is everywhere and in everything. It's just that there is so much out there that the information is overwhelming.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Jewelry School for Everyone: You can do it! by Suzanne Wade - Lapidary Journal 3/2005
SKU: CWX-LPDJ2
Jewelry School for Everyone: You can do it! by Suzanne Wade - Lapidary Journal 3/2005
The success of Metalwerx is due to its founder's belief (Karen Christians) that anyone can make jewelry.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
The Keys to Precise Piercing - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 11/30/2010
SKU: CWX-CBTS7
The Keys to Precise Piercing - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 11/30/2010
The weight of a saw frame, combined with a good ergonomic handle is crucial to repetitive and delicate piercing. For years I have used the Swiss-style frame with a short and wide throat, and a stubby and cushiony handle combined with a quick-load feature
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Learn Easy Etching: lo-tech etching by Karen Christians - Lapidary Journal 4/2011
SKU: CWX-LPDJ3
Learn Easy Etching: lo-tech etching by Karen Christians - Lapidary Journal 4/2011
Photocopy transfer offers an easy alternative to the classic technique without elaborate setups and expensive hazardous materials. Use heat, the magic element, to melt a photocopy onto metal.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Soldering Tips, Tricks & Advice - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 07/31/2008
SKU: CWX-CBTS8
Soldering Tips, Tricks & Advice - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 07/31/2008
Elusive, illuminating and the foundation of what we jewelers do. I absolutely love soldering and create pieces that require multiple connections, often as many as fifteen on a single piece.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Totally Tubular: Using a flex-shaft to perform a 60-second tube setting - AJM Winter 4/2005
SKU: CWX-AJM1
Totally Tubular: Using a flex-shaft to perform a 60-second tube setting - AJM Winter 4/2005
Tube settings are an elegant way to add height and intrigue to a piece. The best thing about tube settings is that they’re quick and easy. With a few simple tools and flex-shaft, you can fabricate tube settings in a jiffy—60 seconds to be exact.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Soldering Granules - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 07/31/2008
SKU: CWX-CBTS9
Soldering Granules - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 07/31/2008
When soldering granules to either a curved or flat surface, I give the granules a landing pad to settle into. It's a project I give students to help them to gain confidence in soldering gold and worry less about how much it costs.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Photoetching Using Photocopy Transfer
SKU: CWX-ETCH
Photoetching Using Photocopy Transfer
Photoetching metal is simple AND FUN! Etching can be used for printing processes, as an artifact of art, or for roller print embellishment. It involves a mordant (acid) to etch an image onto metal and a resist to repel the mordant.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Navigating Soldering Product Selection: Reviews, Tips and Recommendations - Originally posted on the Orchid Forum 03/20/2008
SKU: CWX-CBTS10
Navigating Soldering Product Selection: Reviews, Tips and Recommendations - Originally posted on the Orchid Forum 03/20/2008
There are so many soldering products to choose from. Fortunately Cleverwerx is here to help you figure out the right ones to select
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
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