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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

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