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Friday, December 7, 2012

Your Annual Opportunity to Support Ganoksin!

The Ganoksin Project
The Gem and Jewelry World's Foremost Resource on The Internet. Open to the public, Free of Charge!


Greetings!

Each year at this time, we reach out to ask you and the Orchid community to help sustain the Ganoksin project. Ganoksin is run by a group of people who believe in and love what they're doing.

If you enjoy our efforts, then please feel free to show your support - Please participate in our $10,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificates Giveaway !
Rio Grande is giving away special prizes to members purchasing eBooks or making a Donation!
Each 35$ you spend on eBook downloads or as a donation to the Ganoksin Project entitles you for One entry for in our random door prize draw of $ 10,000 Gift certificates from Rio Grande.
4 lucky winners will share a grand prize pack valued at $ 10,000 to purchase tools and equipment sold online at Rio Grande
  1. First prize: $ 5,000 Rio Grande gift certificate
  2. Second prize: $ 3,000 Rio Grande gift certificate
  3. Third prize: $ 1,500 Rio Grande gift certificate
  4. Fourth prize: $ 500 Rio Grande gift certificate
An exciting shopping spree throughout the extensive Rio Grande's tools Catalog! Perfect for outfitting your bench or supplies box.
Now your Rio Grande shopping dreams could be made true.
To enter for the grand prize drawing all you have to do is to
[] PURCHASE eligible eBooks from the Ganoksin project website at - Each $ 35 you spend on eBook downloads through the Ganoksin project website entitles you for ONE entry in our random door prize draw of $ 10,000 Gift certificates from Rio Grande.
OR
[] DONATE to the Ganoksin project - For every $ 35 you donate to Ganoksin we are offering one entry in the Rio Grande $ 10,000 Gift Certificate Prizes Giveaway

Rio Grande
 is your online source for innovative jewelry-making products, great service and technical know-how. Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned professional jeweler, metalsmith or artisan, we share your passion.
Participation is open worldwide - The Grand Prize winners will be drawn on May 15, 2013
  • Gift certificate is good for tools and equipment only, shipping and any applicable sales tax for a maximum total of the gift certificate value.
  • Gift certificate cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount codes.
  • Gift certificate not valid for out of stock items or special order items.
  • Gift certificate will remain valid for five years from date ofĂ‚ issue.
New Offerings 
Chasing Tools
This lecture deals with a number of ways of preparing tool steel to make chasing tools, hardening and tempering in detail. Making chasing tools from concrete nails, basic forming tools, upset (hot riveted) forming tools, forged spiral tools, texture tools, alternative and found chasing tools, examples of chasing tools, Lewton-Brain chasings and hammers, as well as steel theory. More information than anywhere else on basic chasing tools.

This eBook download entitles you for ONE entry in our random draw of Gift certificates from Rio Grande!
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Jewelry Photography
This lecture gives excellent lessons on how to set up a home or studio photo booth to take professional-quality photographs and slides of your jewelry or small objects such as jewelry, ceramics, glass and so on. Taking your own quality images saves money and time. The system (not counting the cost of camera and tripod) costs less than .00 to set up. How to build a drop shadow photo booth, lighting, miniature spotlighting, composition, backgrounds are covered. This is a visual version of the small scale photography book and deals with digital content in ways not dealt with in that book.

This eBook download entitles you for ONE entry in our random draw of Gift certificates from Rio Grande!
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Foldforming Step by Step
Foldforming Step by Stepis an introductory lecture, here as a pdf. It is a collection of step-by-step foldforming techniques organized by kind. It has a brief overview of principles and examines the tools needed. It shows how to make basic and tight line folds, pinched line folds, a forged line fold bracelet, Rueger folds, a ruffled leaf, a star base form, a basic T-fold, a chased T-fold (chasing on air), a rolled Heistad Cup, rolled Good fold, scoring and bending with a separating disc, hydraulic press folds and more. This tour of the main areas of fold-forming is an exciting glimpse of the world of fold-forming. This PPS is included in the Fold-forming CDROM, a massive collection of thousands of Fold-form images and over 47 procedure sequences.

This eBook download entitles you for ONE entry in our random draw of Gift certificates from Rio Grande!

Buy The PDF
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Jewelers Bench
This presentation, based on a survey of North American bench jewelers, discusses areas that bench users have issues with, such as sturdiness, soldering, material conservation, bench height, wax working and addresses methods of improving efficiency and resolving problems. A comparison of the two main bench types, deep cutout and flat fronted is carried out with the advantages and disadvantages of both forms explored. Tool storage and layout solutions are examined and time/motion considerations discussed. Many vernacular jewelers tricks regarding bench use and tool storage are shown. Safety issues such as ventilation, boric acid and alcohol use and electrical are discussed. The approach is that of a working bench jeweler, a studio user, a goldsmith.

This eBook download entitles you for ONE entry in our random draw of Gift certificates from Rio Grande!

Buy The PDF
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Bench Tricks Lecture
This PDF slide show with commentary has over 200 pictures of really great bench tricks, cheap tool sources, surprising ways of using tools and more. This lecture has been presented in New York and Tucson for MJSA and AGTA. It is guaranteed to show you new ways of saving money, making tools and equipment work for you and make you think. Save hundreds of dollars if you apply the ideas in this show. It is available on a CDROM.

This eBook download entitles you for ONE entry in our random draw of Gift certificates from Rio Grande!

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A Modern Method of Creating Enameled Filigree Jewelry by Leon Hornstein - Complete Edition
This book covers the history of the ancient technique of filigree jewelry making and gives very clear instructions on how filigree is made, and how it can be combined with enamel. Filigree is a group of individual lace-like intertwined wires of gold or silver, soldered together to form a pattern. Topics include: tools and materials, making filigree wire and jigs, soldering preparation and technique, pickling, making filigree jewelry, gold plating and more. 110 pages, 67 b&w photos and diagrams, 3 pages of color, soft cover.

Complete Edition

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Hinges and Hinge-Based Catches for Jewelers and Goldsmiths by Charles Lewton-Brain - Complete Edition
This book analyzes hinges and hinge-like mechanisms in a manner never done before in a single volume. We feel it will be a classic. Along with history, generics, classes of hinges, guiding principles, sections include: design, tube making, hinge pins (force-fit, riveted, upset, tapered, cotter type, tubing, square, threaded, stud), hinge types (basic, thick-walled, locket, bracelet, box, block, cold-rolled, tab, cast and milled), lubrication, catch systems, hidden, alternative, cast hinges and solving design problems. Good index and table of contents. 112 pages, over 200 line drawings.

Complete Edition
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Lost Wax Jewelry Making: The Build-up Technique by Minoru Azama - Complete Edition
One of the few books available on wax modelmaking; "Lost Wax Jewelry Making: The Build-up Technique" by Minoru Azama, printed in Japanese by Kashiwa Hobby Books. 1999.

Azama process emphasizes building up wax as opposed to starting with a wax blank and carving away material. He uses this approach for organic as well as geometric subjects. The potential of this technique is unlimited!

Azama's work is outstanding, some of it so very precise and geometric that one would think it had been carved of hard wax. The book was written for students at the Japan Jewelry Academy, and Mr. Azama has been generous enough to write a complete English translation.

Complete Edition
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Small Scale Photography by Charles Lewton-Brain - Complete Edition 
This eBook gives excellent lessons on how to set up a home or studio photo booth to take professional-quality photographs and slides of your jewelry or small objects such as ceramics, glass and so on.

Taking your own quality images saves money and time. The system (not counting the cost of camera and tripod) costs less than 60.00$ to set up. How to build a drop shadow photo booth, film types, lighting, miniature spotlighting, composition, backgrounds, surface understanding and image creation are covered. PR techniques are taught and sources are listed. The ideas shared in this set can save you hundreds of dollars in professional photographic fees and time.

Free Bonous: Digital photo notes

Complete Edition
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Cheap Thrills in The Tools Shop by Charles Lewton-Brain - Complete Edition 
This Classic book is a loose, eclectic collection of short cuts, bench tricks and alternative equipment options for goldsmiths. Cheap tool making, conversions and unexpected sources for tools are all described. Sections include shop machines, tools, setting tools, soldering and more. Will save you hundreds of dollars in the jewelry studio. Lots of line drawings, lists and reviews of sources round out the book. A good table of contents and index make finding information easy. This was the first bench tricks book published in English in 40 years and led the interest in Bench Tricks in the jewelry/metals field.

Complete Edition
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