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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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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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 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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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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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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