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Pulse-arc and Laser Welders: How They Work
April 3rd, 2022

How the Welders Work The difference between pulse-arc and laser welding technologies When deciding on the best type of welding system for your business, you should first get to know the two technologies so you can understand how they work. Pulse-arc welders use electricity to weld. Most systems have a pen-type tool that contains a […]

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Choosing the Best Welding System to Meet Your Needs
April 3rd, 2022

The Passing of the Torch How to choose between pulse-arc welders and laser welders By Shawna Kulpa Tired of your torch? While torch soldering remains a great, low-cost and effective way to weld metals at the jeweler’s bench, you may be interested in upgrading to a faster method that requires less cleanup. As a jeweler, […]

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Quick Clips: Using a Pulse-Arc Welder to Convert Post Earrings to Clip-ons
July 2nd, 2020

Quick Clips Using a pulse-arc welder to convert post earrings to clip-ons By Sessin Durgham For certain jobs, pulse-arc welders offer a convenient alternative to both torches and lasers. That’s particularly true for projects involving findings that contain steel springs, which when heated will loose their tension: Welding with a pulse-arc welder will not overheat […]

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Stick With It: Laying Out Designs for Laser Welding
July 2nd, 2020

Stick With It Using sticky foam to lay out designs for laser welding By Susan Eisen Designing stock pieces for my jewelry store has never been more fun than it is now that I have a laser welder in my shop. When I was learning to use the laser, which I purchased from Stuller Inc. […]

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Sneaky Soldering: Welding A Mixed-Metal Design
July 2nd, 2020

Sneaky Soldering Getting an ultra clean weld in a mixed-metal design By Bob Lynn Has a mixed-metal job that doesn’t have any tolerance for cleanup after soldering ever landed on your bench? Because of the design, you can’t use rivets to hold the yellow and white gold pieces together, and laser welding would require a […]

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Video: Seeing the Light
July 2nd, 2020

Incorporating a laser into the shop In this MJSA Tech Video, Marc Firestone of Krombholz Jewelers in Cincinnati describes how he transitioned from torch to laser, and presents projects in which he saved time and money thanks to the laser.

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Light Work: Using Laser Welders to Set Stones in Non-traditional Ways
July 2nd, 2020

Light Work Laser welders help jewelers set stones in non-traditional ways By Shannon L. Brown and Rich Youmans There are almost as many ways to set a gemstone as there are jewelers. Everyone has their favorite methods, their tried-and-trues. Then one day you want to do something different—create an unusual design, for instance, with stones […]

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