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About Bradford M. Smith
A long-time member and officer of the Culver City Rock Club and the Metal Arts Society of Southern California, he enjoys photography, rockhounding, knifemaking and scuba diving.
Smith's Step-by-Step article on broom casting was published in the inaugural issue of Interweave's "Jewelry Artist" magazine. He writes a jewelry notes column to over 200 monthly newsletters in six countries and has published several books on jewelry making techniques plus a light-hearted memoir about how as a city boy he got married and moved to a farm where dealing with his new wife's crazy rescue animals almost did him in.
Smith is available for presentations and workshops.
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"More Bench Tips" will help you get the most out of your tools, keep costs under control, and avoid common hazards. Thetips help save time and increase quality of work at the bench forjewelers with skill levels from beginner through advanced.
Flexible shaft and hand-held motor tools are a tremendous help to those who make jewelry, improving both the productivity and the quality of work. But with such a bewildering array of different tool bits to choose from, and new ones coming out every year, it's difficult to pick the best bits for each task.
This book examines the wide range of tool bits available and discusses the merits of each. Discover the best drill bits to use, the three most useful cutting burs, six different types of sanding bits, five ways to polish your work with the Foredom or Dremel, and five bits that can be used to add texture to your jewelry pieces.
In each category, Brad Smith shares his experience on which tool bits save the most time, tips for getting the best results, and cautions for safe use.
Many artists are reluctant to work with steel, but there are few differences as compared to copper or silver. Once learned, unique stamps or texturing tools can be created for a special application, to accent your work in a unique way, or to brand your pieces with a stamp that others cannot purchase.
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The hu-amorous true story of an animal-phobic, city robotics engineer who learns too late that his new bride's dream is to have a farm where she can rescue ex-racehorses. When the newlyweds take a Meyers-Briggs Personality Test for fun, it tells them that their marriage is doomed. There is only one problem: they took the test after the wedding.
So whether he's chasing a cow named Pork Chop through the woods, getting locked in a tack room by the family pony, being snubbed by his wife's favorite dog, or unsuccessfully trying to modernize their barn using the latest technology, the odds are already stacked against him. It seems like everything on four legs is out to get him. Will the animals prove Meyers-Briggs right?
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Discover the rush of pouring molten silver into a common broom to get marvelous icicle-like shapes that make elegant pendants and earrings. Learn the proper use of the equipment, how to modify the irregular shapes for your designs, and ideas for fabricating jewelry from the pieces. Also included are suggestions for safety, tips on cleaning and polishing the deep textures, how to make some of your own tools, and examples of finished jewelry.