Sealing Everything from Stones to Bones to Protect Them While Electroforming

Sealing Everything from Stones to Bones to Protect Them While Electroforming

I get asked a lot about what stones, fossils, bones and shells need to be sealed with a protective coating before putting it into the copper electroforming bath. Also, what is the best way to seal these things so they don't get etched, dissolve or contaminate our bath?

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The Branding Series || Logos

The Branding Series || Logos

So, today's lesson will be creating our logos. It depends on your graphic design know-how and how elaborate or simple you can go, or want to go. Since this is a DIY series I'm going to walk you through how I created my logo for my jewelry business, which is a bit more elaborate, and also my plans for my Maker Monologues logo.

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How To Get An Accurate Size Reading On Electroformed Rings

How To Get An Accurate Size Reading On Electroformed Rings

One of my biggest issues when I started electroforming was trying to find out the true size of my ring. Often, the epoxy would create a lump on the inside of the ring behind the stone leaving huge gaps when I put the ring on my ring mandrel to find out the size.

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The Branding Series || Patterns + Textures

The Branding Series || Patterns + Textures

You might be thinking "what does texture and pattern have to do with branding? We're not picking out a sofa here." Like choosing graphic elements it's an optional choice. But before you decide to not choose these things let's take a look at some brands that I think are excelling in this department.

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What Are These Blue Crystals At The Bottom Of My Bath?

What Are These Blue Crystals At The Bottom Of My Bath?

Copper electroforming solution is made with a blue crystal called copper sulfate, among other ingredients such as sulfuric acid and brightener if you use the Midas Bright from Rio Grande. As you use your solution the other ingredients start to dry up when you don't replenish your solution with distilled water.

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3 Easy Patina Finishes For Your Copper Jewelry

3 Easy Patina Finishes For Your Copper Jewelry

Giving your jewelry a nice end finish can make or break the look of a piece. Sometimes a nice patina can bring out the texture, especially in an electroformed piece. Other times all you need is a nice high polish to really let that copper color come out.

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The Branding Series | Fonts

The Branding Series | Fonts

Welcome to the world of fonts! Having Creative Market in my toolbox throughout The Branding Series is a life savor. I'm certain they'll have the perfect font for your business. Pairing the right fonts can make your branding eligible and professional, but choosing the wrong font can make your brand seem confusing and a strain to read.

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Maker Roundup: 10 Creative Instagram Accounts I'm Loving Right Now

Maker Roundup: 10 Creative Instagram Accounts I'm Loving Right Now

There’s no shortage of creativity in the world and it’s proven if you just explore the feed of any creative’s Instagram account. I like to seek out the lesser known artists and support them and put the spotlight on them. I come across so many beautiful, talented, curated artistic accounts multiple times a day on Instagram and it truly is a battle on who I should follow. 

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The Branding Series | The Full Picture

The Branding Series | The Full Picture

Hey Makers + DIYers! Welcome to the first post in The Branding Series. I’m partnering with Creative Market to take you along on a journey of branding my blog! Branding has always been one of the funnest parts of building an online business (I often wonder why someone would hire something this fun out to someone else?! But I know not everyone enjoys this as much as I do, so for those who do, you’re in for a real treat)

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Basic Silversmithing: How To Make A Silver Ring Band

Basic Silversmithing: How To Make A Silver Ring Band

Last week I wrote a supplies guide leading up to this basic silversmithing tutorial ‘How To Make A Silver Ring Band.’ In my opinion, if you’re wanting to get into silversmithing then the easiest thing to learn is how to make a simple ring band. So if you haven’t yet seen that then go check that out first. But, if you already have your supplies then let’s get into the tutorial! 

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The Branding Series

The Branding Series

Welcome to my new series where I'll be taking you on a journey with me. A journey to branding Maker Monologues. I have partnered with Creative Market, a fun online marketplace for anything digital. I've started a few online businesses and one thing I've learned is to not brand right away. Especially if you're a small, organically grown business.

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Basic Silversmithing: What You Need To Get Started

Basic Silversmithing: What You Need To Get Started

In this guide I'm going to list the basic tools and materials you'll need to just get started with silversmithing. Since I started jewelry making using silver and joined the metalsmithing Facebook groups I've done my fair share of asking what tools other's use and scouring the internet comparing tools and prices. I'm going to share only what I've found to be popular within the community or use myself.

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