In this newsletter: Stuff for Sale, Bench Tips, Marketing Workshops, and POTUCK INFO
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Important note: There will not be a meeting at the regular location at Multnomah Art Center. Instead, please join us for the annual potluck and Spring Show Wrap up at Civilian Studios.

October 8th -  General Meeting Program

Spring Show Annual Wrap Up Potluck Meeting

Hosted by Ashley Heitzman at Civilian Studios 

6pm - Come early for a Studio & Building Tour 
7pm- Meeting & Potluck to begin

It's Here! The Annual Potluck and Spring Show Wrap Up Meeting. Come join us for food, fun, a report on the success of the 2013 Spring Show, and lively discussion about plans for the 2014 show.

Civilian Studio's is a large warehouse that Ashley Heitzman, guild member and designer behind Ashley May Jewelry, co-founded with another artist to bring affordable work space to Portland's emerging makers.
Located in an industrial sector situated between the Willamette River and Interstate Ave, about a mile north of the Oregon Convention Center, we will meet, eat and discuss the outcome of our 2013 Spring Show and plans for 2014!

Parking is available on the street, in front of the building (nose in style) and at our neighbor, Indow Windows parking lot, located on Interstate Ave just south of the turn for Lewis Ave.

Hope to see you all there!

President's Message - Sharpen your Marketing Skills

By Cheryl Smith

Just in time to sharpen our marketing skills for the holiday season, PORTLAND OLD TOWN ARTS AND CULTURE FOUNDATION and THE LEAP OF FAITH PROJECT present a golden opportunity to do just that with a weekend workshop with Bruce Baker.

  • Admission (Advanced Purchase): 1 Day - $50 Both Days - $70
  • Students (Advanced Purchase): 1 Day - $35 Both Days - $50
  • At the Door: 1 Day - $60 Both Days - $80
When: October 21 & 22, 20138:30 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Embassy Suites, 319 SW Pine st., Portland, Or 97204

Participants are responsible for their own lunch. There are many food carts and restaurants nearby.


Are held the second tuesday of each month at 7:15 in room 33 of the Multinomah Arts Center. Guests are welcome! Each meeting includes a general meeting where guild business is discussed, followed by an educational program. Light refreshments are provided.

CraftPerspectives Workshop: Occupy This! Agency & Jewelry Thinking: A Maker's Guide

Presented by Benjamin Lingel and Namita Gupta Wiggers, co-sponsored by Art Jewelry Forum and Applied Craft + Design, a joint MFA degree program of OCAC and PNCA.

The ambition of this workshop is threefold: to give you an insight into the contemporary jewelry landscape; to give you the instruments to navigate it; and to show you that what you are already doing is part of the Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective discourse.

You make, show, and sell, and make decisions along the way that stake various claims about how you define your work. For example, last week you chose to shoot your latest work against a white background; we will ask you why. You decided, instead, to let it hang on the shoulders of a mature sitter.

Workshop Info:

Saturday October 19, 9am – 5pm

The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft

724 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR

Workshop Fee: $200, includes lunch and a copy of the recently published text, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective.

For more information, visit the MoCC website at

Bench Tips & Tutorials From Around the Web


From the BenchTips facebook page

When testing the fit of a stone in the bezel, it's all too easy to get it stuck. If tapping the finding or opening up the bezel a bit with a knife blade doesn't dislodge it, you might have to drill a small hole in the bottom and push it out with a needle. 

To avoid all this frustration, lay a piece of dental floss over the top of the bezel before you seat the stone. Then just pull on the string to remove the stone.

A "Sneaky Goldsmith Trick" to Detail-Finish Problem Areas


Every bench jeweler has experienced the frustration of trying to sand and polish a nearly inaccessible area on a piece of jewelry. The goldsmith who can detail these small corners and crevices can bring his or her work up to the level of fine jewelry. Anything that gives the work a cleaner, more attractive look translates into greater sales in the showcase.

Read the full article on the Ganoskin website at

Safer, Cheaper Pickle

Suggested by John Wirth to Michele Lukowski

Looking for a low-cost alternative to nasty chemical pickle solutions? Look no farther than your local hardware store. Sodium Bisulphate, commonly sold as "PH down" for swimming pools and hot tubs, is reported to work better than Sparex for most picking.
Another readily available option is Alum, which also has the advantage of not  copper-plating your pieces when using steel tweezers. A strong Alum solution can also be used to dissolve drill bits stuck in metal by accelerating the oxidation (or rust) process of the iron.

Member News...

Polishing Unit for Sale

For Sale: a table top polishing unit consisting of an used cabinet with a new motor, Baldor brand, double spindle. would be willing to deliver it to Portland(i live in Trout Lake). $100 possibly negotiable. Contact Sarah Burr Arnold at or 509-395-2669. 

Oxy-Acetylene Torch, Rolling Mill and Polishing System

Oxy-acetylene torch outfit; includes 2 torches, numerous tips, tanks, high end regulators & cart...excellent condition / paid over $500 .
Rolling mill; wire only, French made Joliet...great for tapered wire.
Polishing system. Double spindle, sealed two speed motor with exhaust unit , extra filter & Tapered spindles + extras. Over $400 cost If interested, contact Carey Smith , cell 520-270-4312 or



meeting may 2012 When: General CMAG member meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 6:45pm, meetings begin at 7:15pm, and adjourn by 9:15pm.

Where: Room 33 at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway Portland 97219.

What: Meetings consist of a general business and a short break with refreshments, followed by a program which may be a demonstration of a technique or tool, a slide presentation, a panel discussion, or other presentation of interest to CMAG members. The CMAG Library is open before the meeting and during the break for checking out books and magazines.

Who: Meetings are open to CMAG members and their guests.

Meeting June 2012


Board meetings are generally held prior to the General Meeting at 6:00 pm in Room 33 at the MAC (same room as the regular meeting). Members are encouraged to attend and contribute.

CMAG Board

  • Cheryl Smith
  • Barbara Covey
  • Karen Craig
  • Donna Larimer
  • Lynn Simon
  • Michele Lukowski
  • John Wirth

Membership Information

The Creative Metal Arts Guild, a non-profit organization, exists to create a community for metalsmiths, jewelers and metal artists, by facilitating communication, providing information and benefits, promoting a positive image of the creative metal artist and increasing public awareness of the artist's contribution to the community.

For details please visit CMAG's website:

Annual membership dues are $60; students $30

Newsletter Information

Contributions, comments, classified ads, etc. are welcome. Michele Lukowski, Editor

Newsletter Submission Deadlines:

  • September issue, September 2nd.
  • October issue, October 7th.
  • November issue, November 4th.

What to send: By far the most important would be reporting any CMAG event you participated in or attended. Visiting an exhibit or symposium. Taking a CMAG workshop. Our newsletter depends completely on the members to report on these activities. Also important in this vein would be metal art events you participate in outside CMAG; galleries, shows, workshops, books.

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When to send: Send it by the deadline.

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