The first, second, and third semesters at TIJT were devoted entirely
to use of brass and silicon bronze.
This was training for the fourth semester which was exclusively 14
k. yellow and white gold along with platinum.
First semester was fabrication primarily using brass.
The second semester was casting and finishing using silicon brass
brazing rods with an addition of 4 % fine silver. ( I am quoting from
memory so email TIJT )
The third semester was spent setting stones in the jewelry we had
cast and finished. The work was done to Jewelers of America
The addition of the 4 % fine silver to the silicon brass brazing
rods was to get the castings to flow properly. We injected and
finished all of our own waxes, sprued them, poured our investment,
burned them out, and cast them. We used both vacuum and centrifugal
Even 14 k. white gold was more pleasant to work, but what we
learned, we carried over.
All metal was the property of the State of Texas. Gold loss was
figured at 1/100 gram. You lost it, you paid for it. I paid app $
200.00 - $250.00 as I remember.
TIJT is a technical trade school where the term " jewelry boot camp
" was first used. I used it.
A very good 2 year college to start with. For design you need to
continue elsewhere. I am still glad I went.