Goldsmith Hammer Review: You Need One!

Posted by Leah on 9/12/2014 to Students
Hammers are not a commonly reviewed item, which I really don't understand. Like most metal workers I am a hammer junkie and have a collection of them.  I recently added our new Goldsmiths Hammer to my arsenal and it has quickly become my favorite.

The Bench Combo Kit, a must have.

Posted by Leah on 7/30/2014 to Students
Every now and then you come across something that you wonder how you ever did without. The Bench Combo Kit is one such item and one is now happily living on my bench. At Seattle Findings we call it “one of the best investments you can have” and this is so true! I am really happy with it.

Jewelry Pliers: What's the Difference Anyway?

Posted by Leah on 8/7/2013 to Hobbyist
Jewelry pliers come in a great variety of shapes and sizes. Each set of pliers has been designed to accomplish a different job.
Chain Nose, Flat Nose, Round Nose, Bent nose . . . what's the difference anyway?

Nancy Megan Corwin on her passion for chasing and repousse.

Posted by Leah on 6/5/2013 to Students
Nancy Megan Corwin

Nancy Megan Corwin, Megan to her friends, is an artist in the truest sense of the word. She has worked as a bench jeweler with her own line. She has also taught in Arts centers, colleges and universities for over 30 years. She was an adjunct instructor at Cabrillo College and Monterey Peninsula College in California since 1984. Nancy was head of the jewelry and metals program for the University of Oregon from 1989 until 1994. For the past 15 years she has traveled across the United States teaching short courses in an impressive list of schools. Including Penland school of crafts in North Carolina, Haystack Mountain school of crafts in Maine, the Glassell school in Houston Texas, the University of New Mexico at El Paso, Pratt Fine Arts Ctr., Danica design,as well as various other programs all across the United States.

Soldering, Stone Setting, Lost Wax and More with Anat and Joe Silvera

Posted by Leah on 11/6/2012 to Students

Joe and Anat Silvera are metalsmiths and teachers who currently hail from Berkley, California where they run a small school for jewelry making. They also teach around the Bay area and at bead shops and various festivals around the country. They are well known for their hands on teaching style with a focus on good technique, as well as their use of equipment that is affordable and very home friendly.
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“Home of the Rainbows” Rainbow Fluorite

Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 10/19/2012 to By Leah

A semi-precious gemstone, Rainbow Fluorite is famous for its beautiful bands of color, often seen side by side creating a stunning striped look. These bands, called zones are most often seen in purple and green. Less commonly seen are yellow, pink, reddish-orange, blue, black, brown or colorless stones. Because of the colors and its beauty, Rainbow Fluorite (also called fluorspar) is often called "the most colorful mineral in the word."

Interview with Andy Cooperman: A Master Maker

Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 10/4/2012 to Students

Since 1984, Andy Cooperman metalsmith, writer and teacher has lived and worked in Seattle where he makes jewelry and small art objects for museum exhibitions, galleries, as well as commission works for private clients. His work has been featured in many publications, including Penland Book of Jewelry and the new book Humor in Craft and is held in private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Central College in Pella Iowa and the Tacoma Art Museum. Andy teaches and lectures nationally and also taught in the metals program at the University of Washington. In the following interview, Andy discusses his transition from an English major student to metalsmith, conceptual aspects of his art, recommendations for students, and discusses what it means to be a “Zengineer”.

The Myth and Lore of Seattle Findings Stones - Part I

Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 8/24/2012 to Students
Labradorite OrbIn the ancient world, many stone were considered as valuable as gold. The deeper you delve into stones, the more lore you can uncover. You will also find contrasting and even conflicting beliefs. There is really no single definitive power, symbolism, or quality for any type of stone.
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The International Gem and Jewelry Show is back in Seattle!

Posted by Leah on 8/16/2012 to Materials
Once again the International Gem and Jewelry show is coming to Seattle! I dont know about you but I look forward to this one every year. This year there are over 85 Exhibitors attending and there will be free beading workshops (with purchase of a materials kit) all weekend too. August 24-26,2012 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.
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Revisiting Failure

Posted by Leah on 8/9/2012 to By Leah
When I first started soldering, I knew that it would be a breeze. After all you are just sticking two pieces of metal together right? Well guess what! Just heating up the metal with a torch does not necessarily work and I burnt every one of my fingers in the process too! Both my project and I were a mess! I was frustrated and decided that I would “never” learn how to solder. Soldering was tossed by the wayside and I concentrated on other aspects of jewelry making. Fast forward several years, I started to realize just how silly it was for me not to learn this important skill. I was ready to move up to the next level.
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