CHAPTER 4Mechanics, Contraptions, and Surface Treatments

One of the greatest joys for a jeweler is finding a clever solution to a design problem; this can also be one of the most frustrating challenges. All jewelers are faced with the same set of problems: determining size, streamlining function, or simply attaching a piece to the body. When these problems are solved imaginatively with resourcefulness such as smart mechanics and smooth functions, beautiful jewelry is created. Also, original, inventive, and artistic work gets noticed. This chapter teaches jewelry mechanics, contraptions (including findings and cold connections), and surface treatments (including polishing and distressing).

Examples of store-bought findings, jump rings, clasps ...

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