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About Bradford M. Smith
Bradford Smith is a studio jeweler, lapidary, and workshop instructor based in Santa Monica, California, USA. Following a career in industrial automation, robotics and CAD, he began teaching Advanced Jewellery in the Los Angeles school system for eight years. In 2009, he designed and built a new jewelry facility at the Santa Monica Adult Education Center where he taught beginning and advanced classes for another eight years. He continues to share his love of jewelry fabrication in a series of popular online workshops.
Brad is a long-time member of the Culver City Rock Club. He has led field trips, polished stones, taught lapidary skills, organized gem & mineral shows, and held many positions including President. He is a member of the Metal Arts Society of Southern California and enjoys photography, scuba diving, writing and public speaking.
Smith's Step-by-Step article on broom casting was published in the inaugural issue of "Jewelry Artist" magazine, and his series of five books in jewelry skills development comes from his years of teaching hundreds of students. He has also published an award winning, humorous memoir about how as a city boy he got married and moved to a Virginia farm where dealing with his new wife's crazy rescue animals almost did him in.
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- Bret Witter, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Dewey [the Library Cat]"
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?
Buy now and enjoy the multi-award winning stories of one man's journey along the bumpy road from his urban robotics lab to his new life on a rural Virginia farm.
Order now and enjoy a multi award winning, humorous memoir.
Top artisans in every field have evolved clever tricks for solving problems, and making a piece of jewelry is no exception. "More Bench Tips" presents 86 of these solutions from the author's extensive teaching and shop experience to help you get the most out of your tools, keep costs under control, and avoid common hazards. Together they help you save time and increase quality of work at the bench.
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, bench tips for getting the best results, and cautions for safe use.
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.