Tricks of the Trade

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Getting into tight spots to polish can be difficult! Learn how to make your own mini laps with chipboard and get into the polishing groove!

This is a great tip if you want to build a setting for a stone and your tubing doesn’t exactly fit. Learn how to adjust your tubing so that your setting is snug and fits your stone perfectly! 

PnP Blue is a transfer paper that is often used by metalsmiths as a resist for etching. When I was taught how to use PnP paper, I was told that I had to fill up the entire page, so none would go to waste. But I have trick to make your scrape PNP useful again! - Marissa Saneholtz