MJSA Journal LIVE at 2024 AGTA GemFair Tucson

Wednesday, January 31 through Friday, February 2, 2024

Tucson Convention Center, Meeting Room 204

Jewelers Bench Sponsored by: Rio Grande

MJSA, the trade alliance dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, will continue its MJSA Journal LIVE series with three bench demonstrations at the 2024 AGTA GemFair Tucson. Each demo will run from 3 to 4 p.m. and feature a past contributor to the alliance’s monthly magazine (mjsajournal.online).

A Cut Above: Jewelry Engraving Techniques

Wednesday, January 31, 3:00 – 3:55
Meeting Room 204

Presented by Jimmy Butts, Master Jeweler, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Whether cutting out letters or numbers, carving intricate patterns, or replicating a favorite image, hand engraving can add a decorative and memorable touch to any piece of jewelry. Jimmy Butts—three-time winner of the Instore Show’s Bench Pressure Challenge—will cover the most common engraving methods. He’ll discuss design approaches, graver choice, and sharpening techniques.

The Art of Brilliance: Multi-Row Pavé Setting

Thursday, February 1, 3:00 – 3:55
Meeting Room 204

Presented by Joel McFadden, owner, Joel McFadden Designs, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

The ultimate in diamond setting, multi-row pavé creates unparalleled shine and sparkle. Joel McFadden, an award-winning goldsmith and designer who was named the first MJSA Mentor Jeweler in 2017, will show how to lay out the diamonds, create secure seats, and set them so they appear to float while still being held firmly in place.

Pattern Recognition: Techniques for Creating Surface Textures

Friday, February 2, 3:00 – 3:55
Meeting Room 204

Presented by Sam Patania, Patania Jewelry, Tucson, Arizona

Drawing on Native American arts and his own family’s 96-year history in jewelry making, Sam Patania often embellishes his creations with rich textures. He will demonstrate several textural techniques using tools ranging from files, chisels, gravers, and punches (handed down through multiple generations) to a hydraulic press, which can impress wire into sheet to stunning effect.