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
September Logo

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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The Magic of PMC
Posted by Amelia Upton on 8/14/2012 to Students
PMC3Are you looking for something more to add to your work and your repertoire of skills? You may want to give Precious Metal Clay (PMC) a whirl! Precious Metal Clay, most often shortened to PMC is a powdered metal that has been mixed with an organic binder to form a clay-like material.
 
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More than Metal: Interview with Tim McCreight (Part II)
Posted by Amelia Upton on 8/1/2012 to Students
Student Edition by TimThis blog is the 2nd Half of our exclusive interview with the famed and talented metalsmith and teacher, Tim McCreight!
 
In this portion, Tim discusses metal, tools, and advice for students & professionals in the field.
 
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Wax On - Wax Off!
Posted by Amelia Upton on 7/31/2012 to Students

Wax Carving KitAt Seattle Findings, we get a great deal of customers who are self-taught. Some techniques are not as easily learned on one's own, and some require more or less instruction. Wax carving is one such technique, that once you have mastered the basics, you can potentially create anything you can dream, if you only you have enough time and enough wax!

For those of you, who are beginning to explore casting and wax carving, try out these tips and watch your carving skills improve!
 
 
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The 4 C's & CZs
Posted by Amelia Upton on 7/24/2012 to Students
Assorted CZsWedding season is in mid-swing. In honor of this festive season of diamonds, we gathered some key concepts  on diamonds & CZs! Diamond grading is based around the 4 C’s, remember these 4 simple characteristics and you will be more informed as a buyer or a seller.
 
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A Career of Discovery
Posted by Richard Paille on 7/20/2012 to Students
Opal NecklaceThe jewelry business has been my profession for over 40 years. It's been a career full of “new” with adventures, discoveries, interesting friendships & continual learning. I've seen places I'd only read about in books during my school years, met customers who have become life long friends & shared experiences doing what I love with other people who feel the same way...
 
 
 
 
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Exploring New Media!
Posted by Amelia Upton on 7/17/2012 to Students
Found Object PiecesNew Media. Contemporary Media. Mixed Media. What all these and many more terms are trying to describe, is jewelry design that encompasses materials other than metal. As the markets continue to soar, everyone’s pockets seem to get smaller by the day. The state of our economy is making it harder and harder to work in precious metals, so what’s next?
 
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Put the WOW in your Jewelry Photos
Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 7/13/2012 to Hobbyist
Now your jewelry is done, and it looks great! So you take a quick picture, post it and your jewelry will sell itself…..right?
 
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Marketing: YOU!!
Posted by Amelia Upton on 7/11/2012 to Students

Sample Business CardThe number one best way to market your business is to have a memorable business card! You never know when or why you will meet your next client, having clear, memorable business cards on hand will ensure you don’t lose another potential customer.

How do you make a business card memorable? My wallet fills up with cards and brochures, at the end of the week, most of them get dumped in the trash.
 
Click Read More below for 7 simple tricks to save your card from the trash and bring customers to you!
 
 
Presenting: You!
Posted by Amelia Upton on 7/4/2012 to Students
Brand StampAs summer transitions into full bloom, craft fair season is upon us once more! For those of you attending as a guest or as a vendor, creating and branding your business is key.
From business cards to packaging, we know the tricks to help you succeed!
 
 
 
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An Interview with Tim McCreight (Part I)
Posted by Amelia Upton on 7/2/2012 to Students
Brain Bulb LOL GalleryInspiration often appears when you least expect it. When lacking in ideas, many people turn to review their memories, trying to trigger a spark that may lead to a fuller idea or just something slightly more promising. At Seattle Findings, we began brainstorming different ideas that could jump start our new blog project into a positive, creative direction. After several meetings and multiple discussions, I asked myself what I wanted to read about.
Fundamentals of Jewelry and MetalsmithingWhen I took my first metalsmithing class, my first text book was Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing by Tim McCreight. When I first flipped through the glossy pages and saw images of soldering, piercing and a multitude of finished pieces, I couldn't help but feel inspired. I was lucky enough to get that first tingling again when I had the pleasure of interviewing Tim McCreight himself. He has been working in metal since 1970 and is very well known for his books and workshops. In his own words, Tim has always been a half glass full (and that's more than enough for me), type of guy.
 
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Pearls ARE Forever!
Posted by Amelia Upton on 6/27/2012 to Students
 
Bridal Necklace
 
Pearls come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. There are 4 main types of pearls: Tahitian, Cultured, Akoya, South Sea. They have been revered throughout the ages for their lovely luster and rarity. Pearls are very delicate, especially when compared to gem stones and precious metals! But with these  6 simple tips, your pearls will last a life time!
 
 
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Caring For Your Tools
Posted by Lani Dearmin on 6/25/2012 to Students
Jewelry Wire CuttersSo you’ve decided to invest in some jewelry making tools. Hooray! A world of creativity is opening to you. But how do you take care of your tools to keep them in good condition for years to come?
 
  • One easy way to help maintain your tools is to use the right tool for the job. For example, using wire cutters for a thicker gauge of wire than they are rated for can reduce the life of the tool significantly.
 
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10 Ways to “Act” Like a Creative Person
Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 6/22/2012 to Hobbyist
I have posted before about what inspires me to be creative when it comes to designing jewelry; nature, books and time alone. But one very important thing was not covered in that post, one thing that is incredibly inspiring to me. That “thing”? People, creative people!
 
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Get Your Juices Flowing!
Posted by Amelia Upton on 6/20/2012 to Students
Inspiration can be a tricky fellow to find, especially when you try to look for it! However, there are a few tricks that you can use to help get your creative juices flowing.
 
500 SeriesBefore getting out your tools and materials, pull out a few of your favorite books of photos. When I am working on a particular type of jewelry piece, let's say that my goal is to make a ring, and then I will try to look at photos of rings and bracelets. Lark Crafts 500 Series is an excellent reference to keep around, because each book is filled with at least 500 different pieces all of the same types of jewelry. 500 Bracelets is beautiful book and every time I flip through, I feel like I am always finding something new!
 
What if you have exhausted all the books in your library and still nothing seems to pull at your inspirational strings?
 
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Where Do You Find Inspiration?
Posted by Lani Dearmin on 6/18/2012 to Students
It's Inspiration Week here at Seattle Findings! I for one am very interested in hearing about all the places where we can find inspiration for our jewelry designs.
 
Are you like me, inspired by the natural world? Or do urban or industrial settings spark your imagination? Do you get ideas from pictures in books? What about visiting museums and galleries? Do you follow other artists' new work or study the great masters of the past? Or are you a fashionista with your finger on the pulse of the newest trends in fashion?

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The Three E's ~ Easy, Elegant, Texturized Earrings
Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 6/15/2012 to Students
Basic Copper EarringsWe all have to start somewhere so why not at the beginning? I made a pair of these earrings for my very first metal project, in only 1 hour. They are easy, elegant and most importantly FUN to make! We are going to go through step-by-step directions for this project together.
 
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Dreams of Gold
Posted by Amelia Upton on 6/13/2012 to Students
Mary Lee Hu Bracelet
Gold in all of its karats (10K,14K,18K,22K, 24K) is and always has been  a precious material. Even today, gold is a high commodity. Valued  highly all over the world, especially in the world of jewelry. Gold is commonly thought of as being outside of one's budget. Yet many successful artists have found a way to incorporate gold into their jewelry designs while keeping witin a budget. But how do they do it?

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Playing Safe in The Studio
Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 6/8/2012 to Students
Safety First!You have only one body so don’t let something that you love doing cause it harm. Protect and cherish it! Most studio safety issues really aren't from an accident with a tool, rather they are little things that accumulate over time that involve your eyes, ears, skin, breathing and muscles.
 
 
 
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Remember Mr. Yuk!
Posted by Amelia Upton on 6/6/2012 to Students

Mr. YukWorking with metal is exciting and enthralling as a hobby, interest, craft or career. However, many of us get into the rhythm of working and forget about personal safety. As magical as many of the chemicals' results may be, most can pose health risks when not used properly. Product Safety.com has some excellent advice to keep in mind, before you begin working at the bench:

There are several easy steps to take to promote consumer product safety. First, always read all directions and instructions. Before you use an item, make sure you understand the directions and instructions. Second, read and understand all warnings and cautions. Cautions are typically spelled out pretty explicitly, and are usually accompanied with helpful illustrations. Those instructions are always there to be helpful to the consumer, and they should be followed closely. Also, there are many websites that can be helpful about specific items. (http://www.product-safety.com/healthandsafety.html)

Additionally, here are a few metalsmithing specific tips!
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Playing Lost and Found with Time
Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 6/2/2012 to Students

Playing Lost and Found with Time

Time is the one thing that we don’t carry at Seattle Findings, and how I wish we did.Time Working full time, commuting, family responsibilities, all the necessaries in my life take time.  Time I would often rather use to create. Finding time is possible; if you love it create time for it.
 
 
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Your Most Important Tool
Posted by Amelia Upton on 5/31/2012 to Students

To do listOne of the most important tools a metalsmith, jeweler, student or hobbyist can store in their tool box is organization! Without having your priorities, budgets and timelines laid out, you may run into more snags and miss opportunities had you been a tad more organized.

Everyone thinks differently, so everyone organizes differently too! I am a list maker, some people prefer a pocket calendar, you may prefer to use several different methods to help you get your "to do"s done!
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Organizing Your Workspace
Posted by Lani Dearmin on 5/30/2012 to Students

Keeping all your tools and supplies organized at your bench or workspace can be a challenge. All those drill bits, burs, hammers, saw blades, bits of sheet metal, wire, beads, and stones! I spoke to professional organizer Linda Deppa for some tips on keeping it all under control. Give these ideas a try and see how they work for you!

First, keep the things you use most frequently within arm's reach. If you have to go far to put your tools away, you'll be more likely to skip it and leave them in a pile on your bench! A small tool organizer can keep things together on your bench top without taking up a lot of space. Racks or drawers right next to your bench are great for storing tools nearby.

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Learning to SEE; Designing More Creative Jewelry
Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 5/25/2012 to Students

Learning to SEE Designing more Creative Jewelry

I am always looking for jewelry design inspiration, how about you? Do you try to come up with ideas for creating unique jewelry designs, thinking "out of the box"?

One thing that I have learned is that inspiration is EVERYWHERE! It is as easy as learning to open your eyes and really see what is around you.

I ride the bus to work and am constantly looking. The shapes, lines and colors of cars we pass, a raindrop hitting the window, a plant growing up through cement. The juxtaposition of organic and man-made materials is always amazing to me.
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