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Dear  Ms. Eilersen,

Would you please tell me :

Will a tumbler burnish hand made jewelry findings such as ear wires and jump rings, made from dead soft or half hard wire  so that they are as good as store- bought?  Which one/s are the best buy ?

Sharing your hard earned knowledge with a stranger like me is a lovely gift and I would like you to know how much I appreciate your doing so. It takes time and effort to help  -I know.  it is all the more valuable for this fact.

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Yes you can tumble small items in a tumbler, wallnut shells & tide or red jewelers rouge are what we used to use, but not both at the same time, first tide and then walnutshells & rouge, the shells were in tiny chips, and we used a sive to sort them when they were finished, then put the items in an ultrasonic cleaner , then rinsed them.
As to softmetal, the harder it is, usually the longer it lasts, However if a lot of stress or bending is involved it's best to strike a happy medium.  Too hard will be brittle, too soft will wear out too fast. That is why 14k gold is so popular, it is 58.5 % pure gold.
So, with that said, you need to trust your source to be accurate with the quality of the metal mix, or do it yourself.
I can recommend Stuller settings in Louisiana, they have excelent quality, and have always stood behind their products. They may not be the cheapest, but you get what you pay for.
I hope this information helps.
Chris

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Chris Eilertsen

Expertise

I have been in the Jewelry Industry 20 years and Apprenticed as a silver smith took classes in Casting sculpting repair and trained under master gold and silver smiths as well as some experience in Faceting and diamond cutting and polishing for repair. Plating, Wax work, Diamond Setting, Engraving, Carving, Mold Making, design, some watch repair, tool making, enamel work, refining, mining, sales, sand blasting, casting. Have worked in Platinum, Gold, Silver, Pewter, Brass, Bronze, Aluminum,Steel,Titanium,Wood, Plastic, and Stone. 10 years Appraisal work in Jewelry.

Experience

20 years commercial experience in Repair Manufacturing and sales of Jewelry 3 years school 4 year apprentice. Worked on the duplication of the treasure found on the Spanish Galleon Maravalla by Dr. Cecil Humphreys. Traveled with and manufactured the souvenirs and miscellaneous replicas from the King Tut Exhibit when it visited the US.

Organizations
Former member AGTA and GIA and a ten year member of Memphis Jewelers association. 17 years experience in Tuscon Jewelry shows buying and selling.

Publications
JCK Tuscon Show Gude

Education/Credentials
Classes at MSU and The Memphis art academy in Jewelry sculpting, Specialized Repair school, and 2 apprenticeships in Silversmithing from Juelius Astor, and Goldsmithing from Katchic Yacubian both masters for over 35 years each.Studied with Dr. Richard Prilliman, and several others.

Awards and Honors
JCK Tuscon Show honorable mention in design.

Past/Present Clients
Dr. Cecil Humphreys Finder of the Spanish Galleon Maravalla, The Vanderbilts, Miscellaneous repair antique estate pieces. Elvis Presley Repair and Appraise 2 pieces of jewelry. Rifat Hassan and Nihall Mumtaz With the King Tut Exhibit. Trade work for over 36 Major Chains from Zales to Sams.

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