I am excited that Sutton Tools in Birmingham, England has sold out of their first order of the delrin anticlastic stakes that I designed with Betty Helen Longhi.  The stakes are made by Brian Meek, who works with Lee Marshall of Knew Concepts.  The finish quality on these tools are evidence of what a fine jeweler Brian Meek is.  In the United States, these stakes can be purchased from Allcraft, in NY  (phone 1-800-645-7124 or email allcrafttool@yahoo.com).  Sutton’s flier, which tells about the stakes, and gives their contact information, is below. (Click on it a time or two to enlarge your view of the flier.)


Soldering Argentium Silver Posts to Earrings

by Cynthia Eid on July 29, 2011

It’s interesting how the human mind works. As I was walking my dog today, I was pondering the issues involved with soldering Argentium Silver posts. The difficulty is that Argentium Silver is fragile when it is red-hot. So, it can be difficult to solder the end of the post without pinching and breaking the post. As I walked, I had one of those “Eureka!” moments. I think that the solution is to slip a piece of copper, brass, or steel tubing over the top half of the post, and hold the tube with tweezers. I am so excited about the idea, that I had to share, even though I haven’t had a chance to try it in the studio. I think that students in the workshop that I am teaching  August 3-7 at Metalwerx, in Waltham, MA will be pleased. By the way, there is room for two more people in the class. Here’s a link to an interview about it:http://userblogs.ganoksin.com/metalwerx/2011/07/01/argentium-silver-microfolding-fusing-and-mithril/


Photos of Student Work-Argentium Silver Workshop

June 19, 2011

Earlier this month, I taught a 3-day workshop at the Spruill Center in Atlanta. Demonstrations included fusing, granulation, soldering, annealing, hardening, and Kum Boo. We had a great time! Here are some samples of the participants’ work.          

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Radio Interview-May 27, 2011

May 29, 2011

Jay Whaley, of Metalsmith Benchtalk on Blog Talk Radio interviewed me and Betty Helen Longhi at the SNAG Conference (Society of North Amerian Goldsmiths) in Seattle. Jay asked us about the book we are writing, and our backgrounds. We were the last 15 minute interview of the two hour program. Here’s a link: : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios/2011/05/27/metalsmith-benchtalk-on-blogtalkradio-live-from-snag-day-2 […]

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Blog Talk Radio Interview, March 2010, SNAG Conference-Houston

May 29, 2011

I had the honor of being interviewed by Jay Whaley at the SNAG Conference in Houston, March 2010. My fifteen minute interview starts about 30 minutes into the show/recording. Here’s a link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios/2010/03/13/metalsmith-benchtalk-live-from-snags-going-to-extr

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A Newbie Learns to be Successful Soldering Argentium Silver

December 12, 2010

I’m feeling pleased as a teacher—-I sent my handout for soldering Argentium Silver to Ros, who posted her questions on Orchid, and she send this photo to me to show what she is now able to do.  (the handout is posted under FAQ on my website www.cynthiaeid.com).  Bravo for Orchid, for providing a place where […]

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Finished Installation of Judaic Art in Nashua, NH

September 4, 2010

I recently installed the fourth commissioned piece for this synagogue’s sanctuary.  I am very proud and pleased! Here’s a photo of me working on the installation of the handles for the doors to the ark, which is where the Torah scrolls are kept: The chains that I made for the suspension of this light inspired […]

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SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award 2010-The Process of Making It

March 25, 2010

Process-Part I: Deep Drawing in a Hydraulic Press Argentium Silver sheet ready for microfolding microfolding (corrugation) .3mm thick Argentium Sterling Silver Argentium sterling silver sheet was microfolded (corrugated) in a microfold brake. After annealing, it was microfolded again, at an angle to the first direction. Repeated annealing and microfolding was necessary to achieve the depth […]

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I Love Teaching AND Metalsmithing

February 27, 2010

I was recently asked by a craft school’s press department to write something about myself, why I like to teach at their school, and why people should take classes at their school.  Having done so, I thought I’d share it.  (I’ve made a few changes for this wider audience.) I earned a Master of Fine […]

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Remembrance of Nancy Howland, an Orchid friend

January 15, 2010

Last night, I received an email from Nancy Howland’s daughter, telling me that Nancy died December 12, 2009. Nancy was my friend via Orchid.  We “met” when she posted about some difficulties and successes with granulating fine silver. I remember excitedly suggesting that she try granulating with Argentium Sterling, which had recently become available in […]

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