*Mother’s Day  Gift… ‘Rosebud’ Tips!

 Meco Midget – Little Torch – Hoke 

 The NEW, Paige Tools  MLT Adapter  turns the “Little Torch” into a “Mighty” Torch when combined with our ‘Multi-Port’, “Optimized” Tips. The MLT Adapter is made in stainless steel & brass and connects all Paige Tips to the Little Torch. Read about the NEW “X” Tips for the Little Torch on our site plus learn how Paige Tips can also be used for Glass Working.

If you’re a Little Torch, Meco Midget or Hoke user our CNC produced products will add functionality to your Torch beyond anything on the market. Our Tips use a special, ‘Internal Port Design’ that mixes propane or natural gas + oxygen in just the right way. Read on our website why Optimized, Multi-Port Tips are necessary when burning propane or natural gas for correct Torch performance.  (Note: Paige Tips are only for use with oxy-propane or oxy-natural gas.)

The   M  Tips   are perfection in how they preform on all 3 Torches producing easily adjustable, “Pushable” flames that are stable on the Tips. M Tips produce a wide range of flame sizes in reducing, neutral & oxidizing profiles. M Tips & the Meco Midget are made for each other. M Tips on a Hoke puts this ‘vintage’ Torch on par with the Meco & turns the Little Torch into a “Mighty” Torch!

Our   MA  Rosebud Tips   can be used on all 3 Torches. Paige Rosebuds are perfect for soldering large objects (even small sculptures), annealing and melting operations. They get the job done! Flames from ‘whisper-soft’ to a Rocket Flame!

*Our ‘Rosebuds’ are not flowers but they will put a smile on a face!  (25% off until 5/9)

The  MMH Adapter   is a dream come true for Hoke users. Jeweler’s who have tested the Hoke with the MMH Adapter + our M & MA series Tips say they don’t recognize their Hoke. Comments like: “Wow!  Thumbs Up!” & “Great” are common.

Our,  X Tips are only for use on the Little Torch. Multi-Port X Tips were designed specifically for use with low pressure, Natural Gas.

** Purchase directly from Paige Tools or via PayPal.

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MLT Adapter + Paige Tips on the "Little Torch"

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Richard Paille
My jewelry career began in 1970. Following college and a tour in the Army I opened a small studio in Seattle, WA where I did jewelry repair for the public and wholesale trade. I was also taking classes with the G.I.A. studying diamonds, colored stones and gem identification.  Later, I moved to a new, Seattle location and opened a traditional jewelry store, Dick Paille Jewelry, inc. Working long hours 'at-the-bench,' in the store’s manufacturing shop, managing employees, meeting with customers and what seemed like constant sales reps that stopped by made for long hours. Six day work weeks were typical. The 70’s were demanding but rewarding years in my early career where I learned the ‘business end’ of the jewelry business as well as continued to hone my bench skills. Years later I sold the store to follow an inner call to design jewelry for a national market selling my work at trade shows, retail stores and Galleries around the country. In 1991 a new opportunity arose and I became involved in pearl farming in the Cook Islands and started the business, South Pacific Pearls International. Eventually my jewelry background merged with several non-jewelry interests. I formed a small film crew and we traveled to Australia to shoot a documentary on opal mining entitled "Fire Down Under: The Hunt For Australian Opal." This first project led to another documentary about pearl farming called "A Gift From Neptune: The Black Pearls Of Manihiki." The years I was traveling to the South Pacific were an exciting period in my career. In 2003 I started Pacific Digital Studio to continue my interest in multimedia marketing and to support the talks I give on pearls and other jewelry subjects. By 2008 I wanted to reduce my traveling and find new ways to share my career experiences with others. That desire led to starting a jewelry school: Learn2MakeJewelry which I operate today. In 2010 I formed a company: Paige Tools to manufacture various jewelry tools. Our Torch products are the first to launch. I’m also an avid fly fisherman, a life long amateur radio operator, wine lover and writer.
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“Romancing Your Jewelry”

by Richard Paille

How do you capture people’s interest in your jewelry? Maybe you wear it, use attractive displays and good lighting in your sales presentations, have a great website or employ colorful mailers? All good ideas… but do these things make a personal connection between what you’ve made and other people?

Whether jewelry making is a hobby or your profession, a “story” about your work will personalize it in people’s minds in many, beneficial ways.

Imagine sitting around a campfire telling someone about your work. Talk about the techniques you use, the procedures you employ and the way your designs evolve to their finished stage. People are interested in how your jewelry is made!

Inviting people into your creative process through interesting information paints a vivid picture of your work and “you” as an artist. This marketing strategy is called “Romancing Your Work.” People respond when they’re engaged in this manner; sales become easier and long-term, customer relationships and loyalties are built. Stories help define your jewelry and bring it to life!

Someone who shows they love what they do and is excited about conveying this to others replaces the bland, one-dimensional salesperson. Using friendly, conversational narration explain how you work, share facts about your materials, the origins of your gems, what inspired a piece of work, or how you got started. These details will add layers of attraction that individualize your jewelry.

Develop the habit of sharing informative facts about your creations. Friends and customers will love it, better sales will prove it works and you’ll be providing a service people will remember and reward you for.

Your jewelry has a story…“Romance it” and share it with people!

 


Richard’s Comments: After a career of making jewelry, most of my work today involves  Consulting in the jewelry industry. Assisting  other jewelry makers, retail jewelry stores and suppliers with marketing issues, production techniques or problem solving in their respective market areas. I also speak to groups about pearls & pearl farming and offer jewelry making classes (see Learn2MakeJewelry.com) 

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My jewelry career began in 1970. Following college and a tour in the Army I opened a small studio in Seattle, WA where I did jewelry repair for the public and wholesale trade. I was also taking classes with the G.I.A. studying diamonds, colored stones and gem identification.  Later, I moved to a new, Seattle location and opened a traditional jewelry store, Dick Paille Jewelry, inc. Working long hours 'at-the-bench,' in the store’s manufacturing shop, managing employees, meeting with customers and what seemed like constant sales reps that stopped by made for long hours. Six day work weeks were typical. The 70’s were demanding but rewarding years in my early career where I learned the ‘business end’ of the jewelry business as well as continued to hone my bench skills. Years later I sold the store to follow an inner call to design jewelry for a national market selling my work at trade shows, retail stores and Galleries around the country. In 1991 a new opportunity arose and I became involved in pearl farming in the Cook Islands and started the business, South Pacific Pearls International. Eventually my jewelry background merged with several non-jewelry interests. I formed a small film crew and we traveled to Australia to shoot a documentary on opal mining entitled "Fire Down Under: The Hunt For Australian Opal." This first project led to another documentary about pearl farming called "A Gift From Neptune: The Black Pearls Of Manihiki." The years I was traveling to the South Pacific were an exciting period in my career. In 2003 I started Pacific Digital Studio to continue my interest in multimedia marketing and to support the talks I give on pearls and other jewelry subjects. By 2008 I wanted to reduce my traveling and find new ways to share my career experiences with others. That desire led to starting a jewelry school: Learn2MakeJewelry which I operate today. In 2010 I formed a company: Paige Tools to manufacture various jewelry tools. Our Torch products are the first to launch. I’m also an avid fly fisherman, a life long amateur radio operator, wine lover and writer.
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Silver From The Mine

by Richard Paille

Someone once said the ‘object’ of learning is not only to learn but also to ‘live.’ Teaching for me is also about ‘living.

First, teaching is about making a difference in someone’s life… helping to awaken an interest, kindle an enthusiasm and empower wishes. Being part of someone’s discoveries and magic moments as they learn the art of jewelry making is especially rewarding.

Seeing students early designs mature as they acquire new skills or being a mentor as they progress is at the core of my teaching.  

Second, teaching is about continuing to learn myself. In a sense being a student in my own class. Hearing new viewpoints, meeting people with different experiences and interesting goals sparks my creativity and enriches my life. Mutual learning also defines why I love teaching.  

I’d like to revise a famous quote about education to now read… “Desire and aptitude ‘without opportunity’ is like silver ‘in’ the mine.”

Being able to open a door, offer an opportunity and encourage someone to follow their dreams, or talents, is one of life’s best experiences. The rewards I receive from teaching are silver ‘from’ the mine.

         
Teaching is a living experience I’d highly recommend!

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Richard Paille
My jewelry career began in 1970. Following college and a tour in the Army I opened a small studio in Seattle, WA where I did jewelry repair for the public and wholesale trade. I was also taking classes with the G.I.A. studying diamonds, colored stones and gem identification.  Later, I moved to a new, Seattle location and opened a traditional jewelry store, Dick Paille Jewelry, inc. Working long hours 'at-the-bench,' in the store’s manufacturing shop, managing employees, meeting with customers and what seemed like constant sales reps that stopped by made for long hours. Six day work weeks were typical. The 70’s were demanding but rewarding years in my early career where I learned the ‘business end’ of the jewelry business as well as continued to hone my bench skills. Years later I sold the store to follow an inner call to design jewelry for a national market selling my work at trade shows, retail stores and Galleries around the country. In 1991 a new opportunity arose and I became involved in pearl farming in the Cook Islands and started the business, South Pacific Pearls International. Eventually my jewelry background merged with several non-jewelry interests. I formed a small film crew and we traveled to Australia to shoot a documentary on opal mining entitled "Fire Down Under: The Hunt For Australian Opal." This first project led to another documentary about pearl farming called "A Gift From Neptune: The Black Pearls Of Manihiki." The years I was traveling to the South Pacific were an exciting period in my career. In 2003 I started Pacific Digital Studio to continue my interest in multimedia marketing and to support the talks I give on pearls and other jewelry subjects. By 2008 I wanted to reduce my traveling and find new ways to share my career experiences with others. That desire led to starting a jewelry school: Learn2MakeJewelry which I operate today. In 2010 I formed a company: Paige Tools to manufacture various jewelry tools. Our Torch products are the first to launch. I’m also an avid fly fisherman, a life long amateur radio operator, wine lover and writer.
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My Career Of Discovery

by Richard Paille

In Seattle, summer is in full bloom. Japanese Maples, green lawns, rainbows of flowers in people’s yards and colorful hanging baskets around the city have replaced bare winter branches and indoors projects. Sitting at my jeweler’s bench I can hardly wait to be outside, work in my vegetable garden, go bike riding and fish streams I’ve thought about over winter months.

The jewelry business has been my profession for over 42 years. It’s been a career full of new with adventures, ‘Discoveries,’ interesting friendships & continual learning. I’ve seen places I’d only read about in books during my school years, met customers who have become life long friends & shared experiences doing what I love with other people who feel the same way.

Last fall I went mushroom hunting in western Oregon with friends. Finding my first wild Chanterells was awesome. They’re great eating too!

A few years ago I was in Australia shooting a documentary on opal mining. Our 3-month adventure in the opal fields gave me a real appreciation of how elusive success is trying to find “color.” I found a bit of ‘rough’ I keep as a memento of that ‘Discovery.’

(I did not find the opal in this pendant I made but making the piece brought back many memories of our trip)

On later trips to the South Pacific I got involved in Black Pearl farming. Specializing in pearls changed my focus in jewelry & re-inspired my creativity. Opening pearl oysters brings a surprise ‘Discovery’ with each shell.

From mushrooming to jewelry making to meeting new people & learning new things, each one has enriched my life and led to further ‘Discoveries.’

Today my focus is teaching jewelry making, public speaking and operating a new jewelry tools company: Paige Tools. Passing along what I’ve been lucky to have personally experienced through consulting plus helping others learn the techniques of jewelry making and sharing some of their ‘Discoveries,’ as they learn, is a reward hard to describe. www.Learn2MakeJewelry.com

We know technology makes living easier & I believe the “Joy of Discovery” helps make life worth living. Discovery is part of all art, it’s part of learning and it’s part of growing. Getting involved in something, pursuing an interest, staying curious & asking questions… that’s a Big part of living too!

What I tell students: “Invest In Yourself” …Make Something New, Learn Something New, Discover Something New.
I believe it’s what we ‘do’ that defines us.

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My jewelry career began in 1970. Following college and a tour in the Army I opened a small studio in Seattle, WA where I did jewelry repair for the public and wholesale trade. I was also taking classes with the G.I.A. studying diamonds, colored stones and gem identification.  Later, I moved to a new, Seattle location and opened a traditional jewelry store, Dick Paille Jewelry, inc. Working long hours 'at-the-bench,' in the store’s manufacturing shop, managing employees, meeting with customers and what seemed like constant sales reps that stopped by made for long hours. Six day work weeks were typical. The 70’s were demanding but rewarding years in my early career where I learned the ‘business end’ of the jewelry business as well as continued to hone my bench skills. Years later I sold the store to follow an inner call to design jewelry for a national market selling my work at trade shows, retail stores and Galleries around the country. In 1991 a new opportunity arose and I became involved in pearl farming in the Cook Islands and started the business, South Pacific Pearls International. Eventually my jewelry background merged with several non-jewelry interests. I formed a small film crew and we traveled to Australia to shoot a documentary on opal mining entitled "Fire Down Under: The Hunt For Australian Opal." This first project led to another documentary about pearl farming called "A Gift From Neptune: The Black Pearls Of Manihiki." The years I was traveling to the South Pacific were an exciting period in my career. In 2003 I started Pacific Digital Studio to continue my interest in multimedia marketing and to support the talks I give on pearls and other jewelry subjects. By 2008 I wanted to reduce my traveling and find new ways to share my career experiences with others. That desire led to starting a jewelry school: Learn2MakeJewelry which I operate today. In 2010 I formed a company: Paige Tools to manufacture various jewelry tools. Our Torch products are the first to launch. I’m also an avid fly fisherman, a life long amateur radio operator, wine lover and writer.
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