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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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Insights from Teaching Adult Ed - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 08/03/2009
SKU: CWX-CBTS13
Insights from Teaching Adult Ed - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 08/03/2009
If you are teaching for the hobbyist at the Adult Ed level, then projects should respond to those student’s needs. Here are some things that I've learned.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Fitting Different-sized Flex-shaft Accessories to your H.30 Handpiece- VIDEO
SKU: CWX-HAND
Fitting Different-sized Flex-shaft Accessories to your H.30 Handpiece- VIDEO
Here's a nifty trick for enabling your H.30 Jacob's Chuck Flex-shaft Handpiece to accommodate a wide variety of accessories with different diameters.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
My Pendant and Me - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 08/04/2008
SKU: CWX-CBTS14
My Pendant and Me - Originally posted in the Orchid Forum 08/04/2008
My first piece of jewelry still hangs on the walls of Metalwerx. I like it on the wall. Nobody knows whose it is and there is no name that sits by it.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
 Soldering Tips & Tricks: Attaching Tubes & Posts to Resin Inlay Castings - VIDEO
SKU: CWX-SOLD1
Soldering Tips & Tricks: Attaching Tubes & Posts to Resin Inlay Castings - VIDEO
I've run out of finished resin inlay castings with tubes and posts. What am I to do? Relax, I'll show how I solder them to existing castings.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Perfect Fit - Originally published in the MJSA Journal 4/11
SKU: CWX-MJSA1
Perfect Fit - Originally published in the MJSA Journal 4/11
Joints that fit well make soldering a snap. The next time you need to solder or fuse a bezel, try using a separating disc, which has even abrasive sides, to slice through the bezel stock first.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Attaching a Handpiece to Your Flex-shaft - VIDEO
SKU: CWX-HAND1
Attaching a Handpiece to Your Flex-shaft - VIDEO
I get asked often about how to attach the Handpiece to the Flex-shaft. Here's the trick - spin the flex-shaft as you insert the Handpiece - its self-centering.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Mint Condition - Originally published in the MJSA Journal 1/10
SKU: CWX-MJSA2
Mint Condition - Originally published in the MJSA Journal 1/10
I'm obsessed with Altoids Mints tins. They make great little storage units for solder, small stones, and findings. But in addition to storing parts and pieces, Altoids tins are an ideal container for rouge polish.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Never Give Up on Art - Originally Posted in the Orchid Forums 08/09/2003
SKU: CWX-CBTS1
Never Give Up on Art - Originally Posted in the Orchid Forums 08/09/2003
The key in all of this is education. With so much going against us in the US, it is up to us, in any way we can, to educate the public. By wearing jewelry, or art jewelry we have an opportunity to educate the public about what we do and how we do it.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Camp Clamp by Tina Wojtkielo Snyder - Originally published in the MJSA Journal10/09
SKU: CWX-MJSA4
Camp Clamp by Tina Wojtkielo Snyder - Originally published in the MJSA Journal10/09
Getting a grip on the tiniest of findings, such as jump rings, might require looking outside of the typical jeweler's toolbox. Here's one idea using tiny clamps.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Archiving Our Metals and Processes for the Future: The Future of Metalsmithing - Originally Posted in the Orchid Forums 10/15/2006
SKU: CWX-CBTS2
Archiving Our Metals and Processes for the Future: The Future of Metalsmithing - Originally Posted in the Orchid Forums 10/15/2006
With all of the new alloys, colors, structure and resistance to tarnish metals, how will the future generations of bench jewelers know how to work on our heirlooms of the present?
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Hot Stuff: Annealing made easy with a Sharpie - Originally published in the MJSA Journal10/09
SKU: CWX-MJSA3
Hot Stuff: Annealing made easy with a Sharpie - Originally published in the MJSA Journal10/09
A problem for entry-level jewelers is knowing when metal is properly annealed. If the metal is over-annealed, its crystalline structure breaks down, causing fractures. Use this Sharpie pen trick.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
The Purpose of a Beginning Jewelry Class - Originally Posted in the Orchid Forums 08/02/2009
SKU: CWX-CBTS3
The Purpose of a Beginning Jewelry Class - Originally Posted in the Orchid Forums 08/02/2009
A beginning jewelry class at New Approach School or Revere Academy is going to be very different from a beginning class at The Massachusetts College of Art, Metalwerx, or your local recreation center.
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
Channeling MacGyver: Using a potato as a heat sink - Originally published in the MJSA Journal At The Bench, Quality Craftsmanship 8/07
SKU: CWX-MJSA5
Channeling MacGyver: Using a potato as a heat sink - Originally published in the MJSA Journal At The Bench, Quality Craftsmanship 8/07
Soldering a small faceted stone or cabochon to metal can be tricky. Overheating can discolor, crack, or even fry many gemstones if you aren't careful to protect their delicate crystal structures. Try using a potato!
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Manufacturer: Cleverwerx
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