I am absolutely no good at this.
I know they say if you have your own business and hope to have any level of success, you have to get out there and promote yourself and your business. The internet has made that a bit easier, but I was raised not to brag about things I have done – and really not to bring attention to myself. That makes business promoting difficult.
So I am taking a big step (alright – a baby step) and posting this announcement of items for sale on my website!
PDF Tutorial: “Flush Setting Faceted Stones”
The PDF Tutorial on “Flush Setting Faceted Stones” by Connie Fox and me is up on the website. I am really proud of this tutorial. It contains text, photos, graphics and videos to help walk you step-by-step through the flush setting process. We spent many hours trying techniques, testing ideas and practicing different methods to come up with what we consider to be a straightforward, easy to understand approach to flush setting stones.
Tools for Jewelers and Metalsmiths from Twin Oaks Engineering
The other items for sale on my website are tools from Twin Oaks Engineering (Gil Jemmott). Many of you have met Gil, my husband, who is an engineer and has a small machine shop where he creates wonderful tools for jewelers and metalsmiths. Most of these tools come from my frustration with what is (or often ISN’T) out there. Gil and I go back and forth with him doing the engineering and me doing the testing (sometimes with student input) until the product gets a “thumbs-up” from all! Then we offer them to you!
Here is a condensed version of what is on the website – go there to order or to get more information.
Five sets of Rollers with different sizes
Stiff, Non-flex rollers
One tool assembly
Adjustable stop to cut multiple same size lengths
Replaceable saw guides
Five holes (18,16,14,12 & 10ga) for forming rivet heads
Three divots for shaping / protecting rivet head while forming rivet tail
Room on the block to allow individual head shaped to be carved
Available in one end sharpened or both ends sharpened
Does not transmit heat well
Solder will not stick to titanium
Flux can be cleaned off the pick by placing it in pickling acid
Holds equipment securely on bench
Great for a small shop – can easily use multiple pieces of equipment in one sturdy location.