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Split Mandrel

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The Split Mandrel w/ Emery Sheet. Used with different levels of emery abrasive from 240 up to 3000grit, predominately for the inner ring band. However, the split mandrel is also used for delicate emerying of finer detailed elements of a design, such as the snakes in the Ouroboros ring or on Skull Pendants.

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Burs

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Used for; An array of different sized shapes and burs are used throughout the production process. Think of these as drill bits used to shape, manipulate and 'bur out' metal for fixtures and setting. 
In our process, we used the ball and bearing burs to prepare a seat for the stone set in pieces such as the Naked Oval ring and the Textured Stone. In several designs a bur will be used to mark and create a fold point for the the metal. A cup-bur will be used to finish the tops of the prongs in The Dual Snake and Dual Skull rings.
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Stipple Brush

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Used for; texturing. The steel pins leave a course finish on the surface. As seen on our Textured Stone ring. 
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Graver

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Used for the ‘bright cut’, in which a small layer of silver is graved off the top of the bezel wall to clean up the setting and give us that nice sharp bright angle into the stone.
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Solder Torch

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Used for; as it says on the tin... Soldering! This tool in our arsenal is used specifically for the snakes in The Ouroboros and the small skulls on the Skull Signet rings. The Skulls and Snakes have a small pin attached to the bottom of the piece, which will go through the entire face of the ring, so the soldering can be done on the inner band, as to not effect the face of the ring.
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