This kind of injection of capital for relevant expenditures could certainly take most jewelry making businesses to new heights, or at least help to start the new year off with a healthy amount of stock.
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National Jeweler magazine reported that jewelry sales were positive through November, with Black Friday sales being particularly good for such a bad year. Although the majority of store owners still complained that sales were slow, 47% reported an increase; a statistic which offers tentative hope that the recession may be lessening it's grip on consumer spending.
Understandably, stores reported a higher level of consumer spending on lower end jewelry such as silver, while platinum and gold sales were poorer than in previous years, even scaled for the overall lower sales figures.
Of all of the jewelry making techniques, piercing or sawing is often the most challenging. Simple in principle, yet tricky to master, jewelers are divided on whether they love or hate this part of the creative process. Some love the high level of concentration required and the instant gratification of seeing something take shape, and I have even heard one jeweler call it soothing, like meditation. Others (myself included) often end up snarling at the lack of cooperation between blade and metal. So here are some top tips on how to take some of the hassle out of sawing.
Use a Paper Template
Draw your design onto paper first, and then stick this to your piece of silver. Not only with this provide you with a clear pattern, but will also mean less surface marking. Some jewelers also find that the paper provides a good texture for sawing.