Saturday, April 16 • 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Basic Metallurgy of Precious Metals: Important Considerations for the Bench and the Consumer

Do not underestimate the importance of having metals behave in a consistent and predictable manner at the bench and during regular wear. A bad casting, an overly soft alloy, or a piece that has simply been cold-worked too long can result in scrap and rework, causing potential downstream problems for both your clients and profitability. 

In this session, we will look at the far-reaching effects of metallurgical quality on the performance of a jewelry item. We will discuss porosity, microstructure, mechanical strength, and the effects of alloying elements, as well as best practices for high-quality metallurgical outcomes.

The issue or problem we will address in the session:  Insufficient information regarding the root causes of failures in precious metal castings that can cost jewelers unnecessary time, expense, and reputation. 

This session provides: 

  • An in-depth look at the root causes of metallurgical failures at the bench.
  • Information and tools to help avoid and/or address metallurgical issues that come up at the bench. 
  • Tips to avoid porosity, contamination, and embrittlement, along with steps toward optimizing precious metals performance for the bench and the consumer.  

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Teresa Frye

Owner & President, TechForm Advanced Casting
Teresa Frye is the owner and President of TechForm Advanced Casting Technology. In the early 90s, her firm introduced to jewelry manufacturing the high-temperature casting methods used by the aerospace industry.  A leading expert on jewelry casting and a prolific researcher, Teresa... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 313

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