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In Adventures at the Bench, renowned platinumsmith Jurgen J. Maerz offers his best bench tricks--from innovative uses for clothespins and table salt to ingenious homemade tools--and relates lessons learned from his earliest days as an apprentice. He also provides illustrated step-by-step guides on everything from the basics of fabricating platinum sheet, alloy, and chain to using the jeweler's newest best friend, the laser. Like Maerz's previous book, The Platinum Bench, Adventures at the Bench is an essential reference for anyone working with platinum, with advice that extends to work on any metal.
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Jurgen J. Maerz is director of technical education for Platinum Guild International USA. Born and raised in Germany, he learned the trade of bench jeweler at a young age through a formal apprenticeship. After immigrating to the United States, he worked in all phases of jewelry making and held numerous positions, from production manager to the owner of his own studio. For more than four years, Jurgen was in charge of the Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Extension department of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and he taught jewelry techniques in cities throughout the United States. (He was responsible for the creation of the platinum educational program offered by GIA.) He joined Platinum Guild International in 1996 and has become a recognized expert on working with platinum; he specializes in platinum casting issues, and has spearheaded several new casting techniques. Jurgen has lectured around the world, including in India, China, Italy (at the Jewelry Technology Forum in Vicenza), South Africa (at the Universities of Cape Town and Johannesburg), and the United Kingdom (at the University of Central England in Birmingham). He was especially honored to speak at the prestigious Goldsmiths' Hall in London, home of the renowned Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. A frequent contributor to magazines and journals internationally, Jurgen is also the author of the award-winning book The Platinum Bench: An Illustrated Guide to Easy Platinum Repairs and Fabrication (MJSA Press, 2001). That book was based on a series of "how to" articles that still appear regularly in MJSA Journal, the monthly magazine of Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America. In addition, Jurgen has published several papers at the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology, and he is a frequent presenter there. Jurgen holds a Standard Designated Teaching credential for jewelry making from the state of California, as well as an honorary Ph.D. in Jewelry Manufacturing Arts from the Cos
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