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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

JGuildDesigns Blog Feature and Givaway!

October 23, 2010 Leave a comment

JGuildDesigns has been featured in the Belle De Couture Blog!  See the interview and enter to win the Olive Jade necklace giveaway!

http://belledecouture.blogspot.com/2010/10/jguilddesigns-giveaway.html

A little about Jen at Belle De Couture

I was born a fashionista, & I adore anything vintage. I started my blog so I could share my passion and inspire others to break out of their shells. My friends have always said, “How do you wear that?” Truth is, fashion sense is hiding in everyone, just screaming to be let out. Experiment with your style, and have fun with it. Eventually you will pin point your own sense of style, or perhaps you’ll find out you’re a lot like myself, an overwhelming mix of different styles that come out depending on the mood you’re in. My fave outlet: VINTAGE SHOPPING. It’s like the ultimate treasure hunt! You never know what you’re going to find! Vintage clothing inspires me, & the pieces I find help me influence others to try out trends and pieces that they’d otherwise never dream of trying on. I always say, it might not look so fab on the hanger, but try it on and give it a shot. 9 times out of 10 I can assure you that you will be surprised with what you see in the mirror in front of you: Chic, Edgy, Sexy, Hott, Modern, Hip, whatever you’re looking for, it’s in you, so let it out!

Love sparkling druzy as much as I do??!

August 9, 2010 Leave a comment

This lovely pink druzy agate stone is wire wrapped with 14k gold filled wire and hangs on a short delicate 14k gold filled chain. A very unique druzy crystal that glitters like a million diamonds in the sun!

This stone was imported from Brazil and hand selected for its quality and color. It may look delicate, but agate is actually quite hard. I’ve never seen druzy this lovely shade of pink (this stone is completely natural and NOT dyed), making this necklace absolutely ONE OF A KIND!

Love sparkling druzy?! Check out similar necklaces here http://www.jguilddesigns.etsy.com  under shop section Agate/Druzy/Quartz.