The (Not So) Lazy Jeweler

Why buy them, when you can custom make your own?This video is full of tips and techniques for anyone interested in learning how to make these tools or how to work with steel. Nancy shows you how toanneal, shape, harden, temper and finish steel

Please see my web page:Making Chasing and Repousse Toolsfor more detailed information.Also, I have a three part video on Chasing and Repousse  that you might be interested in:Beginning Chasing and Repousse.

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I incorrectly calledNancy Megan Corwin, Megan Corwinin the video (is anyone surprised?). I would like to apologize to her and her fans!  Sorry.  Click to view her book:Chasing and Repousse- Methods Ancient and Modern.

Please see my companion web page onBasic Chasing and Repousse.

You might also be interested in how to make your own tools.  Please see my two videos on:Making Chasing and RepousseTools.Also, the companion web page:Making Chasing and RepousseToolsfor more detailed information.

Sorry about the blurry parts.  We are having a bit of trouble with our camera and are (hopefully) going to resolve that issue asap.

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The Rivited Portrait Pendant Trailer

This is the trailer for my new full length project video:

The Riveted Portrait Pendant. If this looks like a project that you want to make, then Ill show you how to make it! Its a fun project and a fabulous piece! The video will be available soon for download, but in the meanwhile, go to my hompage and sign up for my FREE newsletter to get some great jewelry making tips, and to stay updated on the release of the new project video.

See my companion web page:Finishing Jewelryfor more information and 5,000,000 links (well, not that many but a lot).

Everything youve ever wanted to know about finishing jewelry! Really, everything! Nancy shows you how to (safely) Polish, Buff, and Finish your Jewelry with a Buffing Motor (aka Polishing Motor or Bench Buffer) and a Flex Shaft. She discusses different types of compounds including Rouge and Tripoli, and different types of buffs including Muslin, Flannel, and Felt. You will also learn how to fluff your buff!

Nancy also shows you how to polish with a Flex Shaft and discusses Heatless Wheels, Satin Finish Wheels, Grinding Stones, Polishing Pins, Rubberized Abrasive Wheels, Sanding Drums, Micro Polishing Bands, Sanding Discs and more.

This video topic tied for second place in our Contest with No Prizes. Thank you so much to my viewers who voted and gave me feedback!

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Here it is,How to Make Hinges! In this video I will show you how to fabricate your own Copper Butt Hinge for your jewelry. I will also discuss design and function of hinges.

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Ever wonder whats on that bench behind Nancy in the videos? Well heres an in depth look at Nancys current projects.

The artist that did the sculpture of the baby doll and rabbit is Deborah G. Rogers. She can be found on here:

I was wondering if my YouTube subscribers have any particular videos they would like me to make. So Im asking you: What jewelry tutorial video do you want to see? I want to know what YOU want to know! So please leave me suggestions and write them in the comment section below. Come up with your own idea or pick one of my ideas, and the video topic with the most votes (including comments and likes) will be the next video we make!

Well, the results are in and they were as varied and interesting as you, my dear viewers, are. There was an amazing 42 different categories with multiple variations within those categories.  I created basic categories even though some of you offered very specific subjects like: setting a heart shaped stone in this instance I would record the vote under Settings. So, what I figure is that weve got lots of videos to make and I better get busy

Oh, the winner?  Ahem..drum roll..It was a tie, with 14 votes each,  between etching and hinge making.   Close on their tails (with 13 votes each) was Chasing and Repouss and Finishing/Polishing.  Thank you all so much.  I loved reading your ideas and adored your enthusiasm and support.  Now, lets hope you like the videos!  Thanks again!  Nancy

Heres the results in order of votes per category:

13: Polishing/finishing, Chasing repouss

8: Mixed media/found, Enameling torch

6: Settings Cabs, Metal Clay, Projects, Settings all shapes

5: Pin backs, Clasps box/focal

4: Beg. Bench, Soldering all forms, Flex shaft

2: Cold connections, Metal various, Charm construc., Molding, Engraving techniques, Granulation, Design/inspiration

1: Solder-less beads, Polymer clay molds, Wax work, Stone inlay, Clasps -Multi-strand, Settings -Flush Products,/bead, Pricing, Chain making, Filigree, Stone cutting, Texturing metal, ventilation DIY, Protecting/sealing, Display/packaging, Rings-design/constr.

0: Other beads (obviously the big LOSER!)

Nancy shows you how to make a simple domed ring. If your husband is too cheap to buy you a ring you can make your own! Part one of a two part series.

Note from Nancy: Here is the link to the Ring Blank Sizing Chart: another link, this one to my page about Pripps Flux: That hammer, I couldnt recall the material of, is a Urethane hammer by Bonny Doon. Heres the link at Rio Grande Jewelry:

Link to Dapping set at Harbor Freight: as of 10/12

Okay, Ive got, yet again, another note: In the beginning of the video I say add a 1/4 ring size for comfort if you were making a non-domed ring, add 1/8 size for comfort. I added 1/4 size because it was tight and I also knew that when I domed the ring it would shrink.

Once again, I apologize for my inability to recall the names of tools, objects and people and for not using a script or a teleprompter!

One more link: I was looking at the Bonny Doon Vertical Vise ( and thinking how much I could use it but, Im cheap and didnt want to spend 250.00 plus tax and shipping. I found this thing called a pipe vise or bench yoke vise and thought it would probably do fine for holding ring mandrels and bezel mandrels. So, I ordered one. Ill check it out and let you all know. Heres a link to one of the more inexpensive ones: I purchased this one: at 156.00. There are other, less (and more) expensive ones. This Shop-Tek one is only 29.99: The Bonny Doon vise is beautiful and is great with the tools that they have designed for it. I was just looking for a new mandrel holder and thought Id take a chance. Who knows, might be a return in my future.

This video will show you a few different methods of making jump rings. Some of the tools used are: pliers, a dowel, a drill, a Koil Kutter and a saw.

Safety in the jewelry studio is very important! This video is full of tips to help you stay safe while you make your art. Some of the topics covered are: first aid, MSDS (material safety data sheets), eye protection, masks, exhaust systems for sanding and buffing, oxygen acetylene and propane tank safety, and fire extinguishers. Remember, safety first!

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The Rivited Portrait Pendant Trailer

Vermeil, Gold Plate and Gold Filled

Photoshop Tutorial Image to Line Drawing

Making a Heart Shaped, Enameled Pendant

Inspirations, Thoughts, Motivation for Jewelers

Stone Setting: Cabochons and Faceted Stones

Buffing Motors, Dental Lathes, Polishing Motors, etc.

Flex Shafts, Dremels, Drills and Other Things Like That!

3M WetorDry Tri-M-Ite Polishing Paper Chart

Annealing Temperatures, Melting points, Annealing information from Aluminum to Tin

BS Gauge in MMs and Decimals

BS Gauge to Millimeters, Decimals and Fractions: Common Jewelry Gauges

Drill Bit Sizes in MMs and Decimals (Smaller Sizes) with Closet Matching BS Gauges

Gas Oxygen Maximum Temperatures for Torches

Radial Bristle Discs: Grits and Colors Chart

Setting Burs and Drill Bits Comparison Spreadsheet

This chart presents the BS AWG Gauges and their closest matching metric and standard drill bits.

Wire Gauge BS, AWG and European Cross Section: MM2

Guilds, Directories and Other Resources

In the Studio with Nancy Past and Present Volumes

Jewelry Instruction and Information

Pin Back or Brooch Back Patterns Jewelry Making

Etching Chemical Recipes: Silver and Copper Nitrates and Copper Sulfate

Red Patina on Copper: Heat and Hot Water

DIY Jewelers Workholding System with a Ring Clamp

Flex Shafts, Dremels and Drilling Tools

Jewelry Tools Harbor Freight

Jewelry Tools Tools at Micro-Mark

Finding the Center of a Disc or Circle

Sculpt Nouveau Patinas and Metal Finishes

Acetylene, Propane, Mapp and Oxygen Gases Torches, Hoses, Regulators, Setup

On Pickle, Acid, Crock Pots and Baking Soda

Soldering 101 Oxidation, Flux and Fire Scale Prevention

Soldering 101 The 4 Steps for Successful Soldering

Settings for Irregularly Shaped Stones and Objects