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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

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!

Gemstones with a mix of silver and gold

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Today I came across ErinJaneDesigns etsy shop and instantly fell in love with her designs! Her work is simple and elegant, yet her pieces have some weight to them (I’m a sucker for a sparkling chunky ring!).  She also mixes gold and silver which is unconventional and contemporary.  Check her work out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/erinjanedesigns

Sparkling Jade, a new favorite!

August 18, 2010 Leave a comment

 

I never realized how beautiful jade is until I came across some lovely large Jade gemstones in different shades!  This stone has a lot of depth and rich color, and when faceted and cut, shines beautifully.   

 

Jade is a stone valued for its beauty and utility. Jadeite (one of the two varieties of jade which includes yellow jade) can be found in Japan, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Guatemala, and in California and Alaska within the United States. Although jade is most often considered a green stone, the variety of jade known as jadeite comes in a variety of colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, lilac, pink, black, white, and brown.   Jade is the considered the mystical birthstone for March, and the astrological birthstone for Virgo. Jade is the anniversary gemstone for the 12th, 30th and 35th year of marriage.   

See these and other at http://www.jguilddesigns.etsy.com

Another twist on feather jewelry!

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Still Tree at etsy.com runs out of the UK, selling handmade jewellery and accessories, with a focus on wool, feathers and natural materials. They source all of our materials from ethical outlets and try to keep things as eco-friendly as possible.

I love their unique style, and their wire wrapping is immaculate! Check them out on etsy.com at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Stilltreejewellery !!

NOEMIAH on etsy – fabulous feather jewelry!

August 9, 2010 1 comment

NOEMIAH has been one of my favorite jewelry designers for a while now.  Her pieces are very unique and feminine, and the design and quality is exceptional.  All of her designs are created from a single feather, and she is inspired by color, texture, shape, length etc.. Then she plays with asymmetry, line and color contrasts.  She works mainly with quality feathers, plated chains, metal pieces, beads and semi-precious stones.
Check her shop out on etsy.com   http://www.etsy.com/shop/noemiah !

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