How to Construct an Invisible Hinge

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Precise layout, precise filing, and precise fit are key to constructing a mechanism that disappears into your piece. By Tom Muir
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This mechanism is most commonly called an integral hinge, but some people refer to it as an invisible hinge because the segments almost disappear when closed. Making this elegant hinge offers the metalsmith a challenging exercise to learn the technical aspects of the mechanism. While there is some minimal soldering involved, the process mainly involves precision measuring, sawing, and filing. There are innumerable variations to the basic hinge, each of which can add integrity to your work and enhance its aesthetic, function, and engineering.

*From the September 2015 issue of Art Jewelry.

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