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?

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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Spooky Inspirations!

Posted by Amelia Upton on 10/24/2012 to Students
Ghost Earrings
Its that spooky time of year again! With Halloween just around the corner, we at Seattle Findings wanted to give your haunted-side a jolt of inspiration! With these great ideas you can create jewelry, augment costumes and create tasty treats for Halloween!
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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”.

Top 5: Facts of Gold

Posted by Amelia Upton on 9/26/2012 to Students
Gold Jewelry AssortmentAt Seattle Findings we are often asked about the various karats of gold. Here are the answers to our top 5 most frequently asked questions about gold! Get informed or refresh your knowledge of this valuable and enchanting material.
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Upcycle Your Life

Posted by Amelia Upton on 9/12/2012 to Students
Upcycled Jewelry ImagesFor many, school is starting, which means that Fall is almost upon us! I've always felt that each school year brings new beginnings and new goals to strive for. Starting this Fall, strive to be greener! One of the most enjoyable ways to start this Earth-loving habit is to practice Upcycling!
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Building Facèré

Posted by Amelia Upton on 8/31/2012 to Students
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We were thrilled to interview the talented owner of the acclaimed Facèré Antique & Art Jewelry Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Karen has owned and operated her own business for over 40 years now! In addition, she is an accomplished and published writer of 4 books and a quarterly magazine. Karen is deeply involved in the Society of North American Goldsmiths and well known for her knowledge of antique and modern jewelry. Karen is a delightful person and tactful gallery owner and operator. Learn more about Karen and her beloved Facèré in the following interview.
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Color, Texture & Casting

Posted by Amelia Upton on 8/29/2012 to Students
Color, Texture & CastingHave you ever gotten stuck when designing jewelry? Feel like you have hit a rut with your design techniques and or style? Design freeze happens to everyone! At many points in one's life, career, and year, inspiration is going to run dry. One of the best ways to get your inspiration back in full force is to increase your exposure to new ideas, experiences and information. 
One of my favorite ways to jog ideas is to go straight to my bookshelf and pick out the first book that catches my eye. Recently, the book I keep coming back to is Carles Codina's Color, Texture & Casting for Jewelers. Codina's book is not simply a technical guide, but a feast for the eyes and stirring for the mind.
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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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Gem Show Prep

Posted by Ana on 8/21/2012 to Students
International Gem ShowThe International Gem and Jewelry Show is this weekend, August 24-26 are you prepared to make your visit there a networking success? How about the other many shows that will be coming up?
Not to worry, here is a handy guide to help with your networking strategy.
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