October is the spooky month of Halloween, pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls. So what a perfect excuse to roundup all the Halloween themed jewelry I’ve been eyeing so we can all get in the spirit of ghoulish celebration!Read More
I began this project months ago, I was initially just going to make some simple double circle ear jackets. So I made the silver circles and they just sat in my studio. The other day I found them and got re-inspired to step up the initial design. And, I just really wanted to play with some gemstones!Read More
I’ve gathered so many tips and tricks over the year in the jewelry industry so I wanted to share some of these life saving tricks! Also, if you pass these tips onto your customer they will love your forever and you’ll be their number one jeweler! (Hopefully, we can dream big, right?)Read More
Embellishments can elevate the look of your jewelry designs! My favorite silver embellishment, though, is the silver sphere (can you tell I’m trying to not use the phrase “silver balls”?). This is probably the easiest thing you make. It literally takes less than a minute to make and only 4 steps!Read More
When it’s cold outside, the last thing you want to put against your skin is cold metal. And your big chunky scarves and coats are going to hide your pretty, dainty jewelry. So things like statement rings and long mala necklaces are going to be your go-to for layering.Read More
One of my few loves in life, aside from jewelry making, is home decor and organization. I love creating collages of dream rooms with photos of furniture, plants, fabrics, etc. Today I’m going to do just that but for your jewelry studio.Read More
Copper electroforming can be very confusing, we just want to make pretty jewelry without becoming chemical scientists. Which is why I’m sure that when you were researching electroforming and figuring out all the supplies and tools you needed, you, at one point or another, ran into the dilemma of “which power supply should I buy?”Read More
Learn how to seal rough opal and opal cabochons to use them for copper electroformed jewelry. Opals are very delicate and soft stones so they need lots of care in sealing them so the copper sulphate solution does not touch the crystal’s surface.Read More
In this post I teach you how to saw out any shape out of sheet metal. You’ll need to print out a template of the shape you want. Then glue it to your sheet metal so you can saw it out with a jewelers saw. I tell you the best glue to use and saw blades so you can get the best results!Read More
Silversmithing can become very technical and involve math and science but once you get started soldering it can become like second nature. I ran a poll to see what you all wanted to learn and “soldering basics” was on that list.Read More
Running an online business is tough, that's for sure. You have to know your numbers and know what your visitors, readers and customers want to see on your site in order to convert browsers into long time customers.Read More
I've been wanting to create this tutorial for a while and I've finally got around to it. If you're new to silversmithing then I highly suggest you check out my other tutorials; How to Make A Silver Ring Band and How To Make A Bezel Setting first because prong settings, although they look easier to make, are actually quite difficult.Read More
Find answers to questions such as:
- How often do you change the bath?
- Am I able to electroform with metals other than copper? Specifically gold or silver? Or would it be better to gold/silver plate over a copper electroformed piece?
- Since I'm just starting out should I invest in a 5-amp rectifier or get a 3-amp one?
- I am getting a kind of putty-ish salmon color. What's wrong?
- What would you recommend sealing opals with?
There are some valid safety concerns about copper elctroforming in your home, especially in a small space or a space with children and fur-babies. I get asked a lot about the safety precautions you all should take while working in this medium so I'm going to go over as much as possible in this guide.Read More
I've gotten a few questions about my process of sealing finished copper electroformed jewelry so I thought it was time to tackle this. This post is for beginning electroformers who are just getting started in this medium.Read More
I keep seeing a lot of questions in Facebook groups and forums about which website service provider they should go with; Squarespace or Shopify? I've done business with both platforms' eCommerce capabilities and have come to my own solid conclusion which I'm going to share with you today.Read More
Spring cleaning season is upon us and I'm feeling the need to get organized! We all know how to organize our homes, our offices, linen closets, kitchens, etc. There are a plethora of videos, blogs and books online teaching you how to get more organized in your life. But what you don't see often is how to organize your digital life. I don't think there's a KonMari method of how to organize your product photos on your computer (actually, I wouldn't know because I haven't read the book, but it wouldn't surprise me if she did. If you know, tell me in the comments below!).Read More
When I first started silversmithing I thought for sure a prong setting would be easier to tackle before trying to make a bezel setting. I was told over and over by my smithing friends that I should master bezel making before attempting a prong setting.Read More
So, how are we going to write our story in a way that makes people want to care? You start out about how your story is going to impact your customer. I'm talking about your About page. I've put in many hours learning about human psychology and how I can write my About page in a way that makes my customers care and want to keep reading.Read More