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Jeweler's position


#1

We see a lot of the “Jewelers Position” in our shop. Kate- you
missed one small detail… the nervous over your shoulder look to see
if the boss saw you drop that last 1 pointer which you’re looking
for. lol

I’m wondering if anybody has any tips regarding this. Such as what
type of flooring you have under your bench or how to prevent small
items from jumping like fleas off your bench or out of your hands.
I’m not too bad personally, but the guy who sits next to me spends
about 30 minutes a day assuming the position. Oh, and it sure is nice
of Stuller to send free diamond finders with watch battery purchases.
(small flashlights)

Stanley Bright
A&M Jewelers
Baltimore, Md


#2

As I use only hand tools,I sit down on a carpeted floor to set small
stones. So I can usually find the !!<>! little things because they
can’t bounce too far. Just a different jeweler’s position.

Alana Clearlake


#3

Good idea, but at my age if I sat on the floor to work I would need
help in regaining my feet.

Sam.


#4

Alana,

I have the same problem with small stones (who doesn’t ?), but being
post-50 and arthritic, if I sat on the floor to work my next problem
would be standing back up !

Brian Corll
Vassar Jewelers


#5

Hi Stan,

I'm wondering if anybody has any tips regarding this. Such as what
type of flooring you have under your bench or how to prevent small
items from jumping like fleas off your bench or out of your hands. 

Hopefully the first thing a small part or stone is going to hit is
your pan.

The pan normally collects tools that can cause a bad bounce. Keep the
number of tools in it down.

When I’m setting a ring, I use a sheet of leather to cover the
bottom of the pan. It reduces the bounce and stands up to having
tools dropped on it. It will not catch on fire as easy either, as
paper or cloth…

Your floor must be sealed. No cracks. If there is a place for a
diamond to go, it will find it. I use tool bases for auto tools to
store extra tools and sanding stuff. I can wheel then away from the
walls and have a really good look at the floor. Using a metal screen
strainer to sift dust will reduce the amount of stuff you have to
look through. Man made things stand out from dirt or pebbles.

Jim
Jim Zimmerman
Alpine Custom Jewellers & Repair
http://www.handengravingcanada.com


#6

Hi Jim and Stan,

I'm wondering if anybody has any tips regarding this. Such as what
type of flooring you have under your bench or how to prevent small
items from jumping like fleas off your bench or out of your hands. 

I still say the toe of a nylon stocking over the end of a vacuum
cleaner hose makes it easy to locate and pick up those loose stones,
metal bits, and what-have-you. Just be sure to put the stocking part
over a tray before you turn off the vacuum.

Judy in Kansas