The Bench Steams On

October 9, 2010

My mobile bench steams on. This is the pliers/hammers/files tray. Pictured with 47 tools in it. When it is fully laden, including my torch, it has a round 50 tools. It slides into the bench and out of the way. After I had finished the polishing system, I made an outside grinding attachment. I modified […]

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Futheration Of The Mobile Bench–Post 4

September 30, 2010

    Basically, I start with the polishing system. This requires a bit of thought and some design because if the bench is in a place where dust is not appreciated, then there must be no polishing dust. Right? This is my suction unit. She is as good at her job a Linda Lovelace was. […]

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The Road and The Mobile Bench

September 26, 2010

  The runway on St Maarten had to be extended and so a new road has to be built around it. In doing so the the entrance to our shop has been thoroughly fracked up. Luckily it is the height of low season so not much is happening. This is the road as it approaches […]

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Two Pendants and The Mobile Bench

September 20, 2010

  Here is something interesting. Many years ago, I purchased a parcel of rough sapphire from some scaly dudes from Tanzania. At least, that is where they said they were from. After I had cut all the nice shaped stones, I was left with a bunch of mackles. So what I did is cut the […]

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New Mobile Bench Project

September 15, 2010

 Many years ago I had a mobile jewellery workbench that included everything that is necessary in a basic workshop to make jewellery. Melting, rolling, fabrication and polishing. I described it Here Unfortunately my workshop was reduced to ashes by a fire that was started by the hotel staff where I was situated at the time. […]

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A new Titanium and Amethyst Pendant

August 25, 2010

  I posted pictures these a couple of posts back. White gold soldered onto the dop. Hxtal resin –5 days for hardening The stone being faceted on my Imahashi gem cutting machine. This pendant took 10 working days to make. There are 52 individual components, either screwed or soldered together. The center stone swings freely […]

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Of A Composite Stone and A Black Widow Spider.

August 18, 2010

  This picture is of the composite stone I am cutting now at 8000 grit. I took this to show the difference of texture between beryl and quartz. Beryl is easy to polish but quartz is tiresome, with the surface polishing slowly and new scratches appearing easily. This stone was only possible because I have […]

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A Diamond Necklace and a Carved Aquamarine Pendant and a new Painting.

August 14, 2010

White gold and diamond necklace. A whole lot of jump rings and dangle bits and gallery work. About 60grams of gold and 7 carats of diamond. I know this is going to sound a bit mean, because work is work and it puts porridge on the table, but I really do not like making this […]

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Gemstone Lamination Notes.

August 8, 2010

    A piece of aquamarine and a piece of amethyst is the starting point. Then I grind and polish it to this shape. A sort of yin yang thing. I use seat check powder to spot the high points. It is a spray powder that shows the touching points with a darker colour. Very […]

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Pearl Earrings, a Ring, and a Laminated Stone

August 5, 2010

A new set of South Sea pearl and diamond earrings made of 18ct white gold. Delicate work, them little jump rings and all. A blue-green tourmaline that I cut and set into a ring of my own design. This tourmaline comes from Namibia. I bought the rough when I was on a birding trip some […]

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