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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!

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!

New! Golden Rutilated Quartz Necklace

July 2, 2010 Leave a comment

This gorgeous golden rutilated quartz stone is wire wrapped with 14k gold filled wire and hung from a sparkling 14k gold filled chain. The naturally formed gold inner threads of this quartz stone compliment the wire and chain beautifully. It is one of my absolute favorite stones! 

Rutilated quartz is a type of quartz with needle-like rutile (a titanium dioxide mineral), embedded in it. The rutile needles can be reddish, which is what rutile means in Latin, or they may be golden, silvery, or on very rare occasions, greenish.

Rutilated quartz is found in Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan and the United States.

http://www.JGuildDesigns.etsy.com

Natural Agate Necklace on Gold

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

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The word Agate comes from the Greek “Agateeq” which means happy. It is said to insure good health combined with a long and prosperous life. Often tiny quartz crystals form within the stone and add to the beauty and uniqueness of individual stones. These crystals are called drusy.

Agate is the Ayurvedic Birthstone for May, the Hebrew Birthstone for May, the Roman Birthstone for May, the Arabic Birthstone for June, the Mystical Birthstone for September. It is the accepted gemstone for the 12th and 14th wedding anniversaries.

It is found all over the world including: the Africa, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, and the USA. It can be traced back to the Stone Age man in France 20,000-16,000 BC. The Egyptians used it prior to 3000 BC. Agate was highly valued by ancient civilizations as it was said to render the wearer invisible.

Red Carnelian Necklace with Draping Gold and Copper Chains

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

New Carnelian Necklace- I love the deep red color of this stone!

Carnelian gemstone is believed to cleanse the blood and also improve one’s outlook. The Egyptians believed that it had special powers in afterlife. They also believed that carnelian amulets would help the passage of the soul into the next world. This is the reason why numerous types of carnelian jewelry have been found in the ancient Egyptian tombs. In Europe carnelian jewelry was worn with the belief that, it would provide protection against evil and also ensure continuation of hope, good luck and comforts. This was strongly believed by the Greeks and Romans who used the carnelian gemstone in signet rings and cameos. The Asians in India and Tibet also believed in the special powers of carnelian gems.

Carnelian gemstone is mined in Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, India, U.S, Russia and parts of Africa.

New Amethyst Necklaces

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m very excited about my new amethyst stones just in from Uruguay!

http://www.jguilddesigns.etsy.com