Tricks of the Trade

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Pauline Warg is known for her hollow form beads with beautifully textures exteriors. But how does she maintain this texture while dapping the bead? 

 Traveling with all of your different gauges sheet metal, tubing, wire, silver solder, stones, etc… can be difficult and messy! Learn how to easely store your silver sheet and materials when you are on the go! 


For a recent repair, I had to rebuild a gold bezel on a worn out, cabochon gold ring. The original ring was cast. It was too complicated and expensive to rebuild the whole setting, so I added new bezel material just to the top. I fabricated new gold bezel and tacked it into perfect alignment with the laser welder.