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Using the Smith Little Torch to Solder Jewelry

November 2, 2011 1 comment

Earlier this year, I started working with a small butane pencil torch, soldering small prong style settings and wire.  It opened up a whole new world of jewelry design, and I was instantly hooked!   After about five months of getting comfortable with soldering and a few classes at Dougherty Arts Center and Creative Side, I decided to upgrade to the Smith Little Torch, using acetylene and oxygen gas.  I asked around for several weeks, and this torch came up over and over again!  The torch itself is only about $200, but once you buy the tanks and gas, it quickly goes up to just under $500.  But well worth it!  This little guy can do detailed work, but also gets VERY hot, making it capable of all kinds of projects.  I’m getting a better feel for using it now, and if you are curious about this torch, don’t hesitate to comment!

The Lavender Druzy Necklace is one of my earlier soldered pieces,  created with the pencil butane torch.

Lavender Druzy Necklace

And now I have the right tool to solder more complicated bezel settings with the Smith Little Torch (Apatite, Picasso Jasper, and Plum Druzy Necklaces below).

Apatite Necklace in Sterling Silver

Picasso Jasper Necklace

Plum Druzy Agate Necklace

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Austin Jewelry Show Case at Gallery Black Lagoon!

July 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Start this coming Saturday (July 16th) off with complimentary Dripping Springs Vodka Cocktails & Cupcakes from Lick it Bite it or Both at Gallery Black Lagoon‘s 4th Jewelry by Artists Exhibition! It’s FREE TO ATTEND – and what’s a better way to spruce up your summer look than with some new BLING!?

New designs by JGuildDesigns, Lisa Linbrugger, Claire Sommers Buck, Kari Stringer, Lindsay Hendricks, Pake Wandering Mind, Jasmine Turne

Gallery Black Lagoon (43rd and Guadalupe), Austin TX

12p-6pm

 

RSVP here!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=157608180974193

DSLR Camera for the etsy seller (as a newbe)

July 3, 2011 Leave a comment

So after asking lots of people I knew and tons of etsy sellers with fantastic photos, I settled on a used Canon 20D DSLR camera for about $300 on Amazon.  And I couldn’t be happier!  I also purchased a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 separately because it achieved that great fuzzy background, and I was told it was also more likely to create those “bokeh” sun spots.   I’m far from an expert at this point, but it’s been fun to experiment with backdrops and different light for my model photos.  Check out some of the results and let me know what you think!

Loving Labradorite!

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Recently I’ve started using Labradorite in my jewelry, and I’ve fallen madly in love! The shimmering greens and blues are like no other stone, and it has a naturally luxe quality.  It is a mineral whose charm is not fully noticed and may be overlooked if not viewed from the proper position. It might be seen generally as a dull, dark looking mineral, until the colorful shiller is observed glowing on the surface. Labradorite can produce a colorful play of light across cleavage planes and in sliced sections called labradorescence. The usually intense colors range from the typical blues and violets through greens, yellows and oranges. Some rare specimens display all these colors simultaneously.

The color display is from lamellar intergrowths inside the crystal. These intergrowths result from compatible chemistries at high temperatures becoming incompatible at lower temperatures and thus a separating and layering of these two phases. The resulting color effect is caused by a ray of light entering a layer and being refracted back and forth by deeper layers. This refracted ray is slowed by the extra travel through the layers and mixes with other rays to produce a light ray coming out that has a different wavelength than when it went in.

See these and others at http://jguilddesigns.etsy.com!

Taylor Moseley jewelry “Holiday Sale”

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Taylor Moseley jewelry “Holiday Sale”

Taylor Moseley is having a sale! Get your gorgeous gemstone pieces at amazing prices before this sale is over!!

A great supplies shop on Etsy- Pointy Paws!

November 18, 2010 2 comments

Recently, someone recommended Nita at PointyPaws to me, and I quickly learned that she creates some wonderful supplies for jewelry makers!  She has given me lots of pointers on soldering and using tumblers, and her ring blanks are well made and extremely reasonable.  To top it off, 100% of the revenue from her sales goes to rescue and shelter discarded, stray and broken animals! Check out her shop at

 

 

http://www.PointyPaws.etsy.com

JGuildDesigns Feature in Glimmeringgems-favorites!

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

http://paper.li/glimmeringgems/glimmeringgems-favorites

I’m flattered to be included in Glimmeringgems favorites for today! Featured is my Emerald Jade Necklace!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/46703626/emerald-green-jade-necklace-on-14k-gold

Thank you GG!