Two of Cynthia Eid's Handouts for Hydraulic Press (click a title to download the pdf)
Cynthia Eid's Handouts for Working with Argentium Sterling Silver
(click a title to download the pdf)
                          Guide to Argentium Silver (most recent, and most comprehensive)

Annealing and Quenching

Fusing and Granulation with Argentium Sterling

Soldering Argentium Silver

Finishing and Hardening Argentium Silver

And Furthermore......   More Info about Argentium Silver

Eye Protection for Jewelers and Silversmiths

Kum Boo on Argentium Sterling Silver

Road Testing Argentium Silver - an overview article about Argentium Sterling
by Cynthia Eid, published by Art Jewelry Magazine




Eid-Ultimate_Spiculum_Hammer-400high Longhi_UltimateSpicHamr-0345-400high Betty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid have teamed up with Bill Fretz to design and produce the Ultimate Spiculum Hammer. The Ultimate Spiculum Hammer has the elegant lines and exquisitely comfortable handle that are trademarks of Fretz hammers.  The hammers are identified with the Longhi and Eid logos on the handle, and the traditional Fretz logo on the hammer-head.  Around 1980, Betty designed and made a hammer that was based on one that she had watched Heikki Seppa use to make spiculums. Lee Marshall of Bonny Doon Engineering produced a commercial version for Allcraft for many years.  Since Lee’s retirement, Betty has been searching for a new maker, so Cynthia approached Bill Fretz about making the spiculum hammer.  The new proportions and weight of the Ultimate Spiculum Hammer afford exquisite control and exceptional accuracy for both the beginner and experienced metalsmith.  Thrilled with this hammer, Longhi, Eid, and Fretz have designed additional hammers to make a set of shell forming hammers, which is currently in development.  The Ultimate Spiculum Hammer is now available from Allcraft Tools, in New York, 1-800-645-7124.