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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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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Best Black Patina

Posted by Amelia Upton on 5/24/2012 to Materials
      liver of sufur cuff
  Liver of sulfur can be a tricky material to work with, it's never quite the same twice, yet every metalsmith swears by it. So, what's the secret to this smelly gel and crumbling rock?
The secret lies in the application. The first step in working with any type of liver of sulfur is to clean whatever area you plan to patina. Grease and oils can create a pocket that could later led to chipped patina and your hard work wasted. A little degreasing agent (my favorite is Dawn dish soap) and a 3M scrubby pad work wonders on grease.
            Next, in a well ventilated area, fill an open glass or metal container with hot water. Or place the container on a Bunsen burner or other gentle, yet warm heat source. While wearing gloves, goggles and a respirator, you add a small amount of liver of sulfur to your heated water. If you are using the rocks, then a few small chunks or one chunk less than the size of your smallest finger tip will be plenty for any container about the size of a large soup pot. If you are using the gel, use no more than enough to coat a nickel, unless you plan to paint with it. ... 
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