| The Bench Combo Kit, a must have.
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.
Three Great Jewelry Trends of 2013 and Beyond!
Posted by Leah on 1/21/2014
The new year is upon us, and 2014 is the perfect time to revisit some of the most popular jewelry trends of the last year. Here are three of our favorites that don’t show any signs of stopping. We’re confident that they’ll keep on trending right through the year.
Almost Forgotten Gemstone Setting Tips for Everyone
Here are some new innovative gemstone setting tips developed from old setting methods:
◾resharpen the high-speed steel setting burr
◾create a diamond receptacle for benches and desktops
◾use the half-round burr for Cabochon bezel frames
◾ remove excess gold beside claws in engagement four-claw settings
◾clean customer’s diamonds with embedded dirt
◾place an oil receptacle permanently on your bench
5 Unique and Simple Men's Jewelry Projects
Posted by Laila on 10/30/2013
It seems at times that women have all the fun in the jewelry world. But there are many projects that can be made for the men's jewelry market, as well. While it may not be the standard necklaces and earrings jewelry makers can still create unique projects by creating tie tacks, cuff links, rings, and pins.
Even in the era of smartphones, many folks still like to wear a watch
Posted by Laila on 10/29/2013
Even in the era of smartphones, many folks still like to wear a watch. Although phones and digital time pieces are just about everywhere, watches still provide a classic look and feel that can’t be found elsewhere. If you interested in home watch repair, know that there are some things that you just won’t be able to do yourself. Jewelers and other professionals (Horologist) are the ones to take your watch to if your gears start faltering or you experience difficulties with the quartz mechanism. On the other hand, if something like your battery goes bad, or you need to install a new strap, you can often take some common household tools and do the job yourself.
Posted by Laila on 10/28/2013
Talented artisans often make fine jewelry to sell at online or brick-and-mortar stores. Specialists create expensive bracelets, earrings and necklaces from rare gemstones including emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Jewelry designers fasten gemstones in attractive settings made of precious metals such as silver, platinum and gold. Many individuals study jewelry making at universities or training schools. Both women and men enjoy wearing jewelry items such as wedding rings. Depending on its style, a jewelry item might be appropriate for everyday wear or special occasions. Anyone interested in being a professional jewelry maker can contact schools about learning this art
Jewelry Pliers: What's the Difference Anyway?
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 Gold Filled Wire? Simple
Posted by Leah on 7/12/2013
Many people are under the impression that soldering gold filled wire is either very
difficult or impossible. With just a few tips you will find that that is simply not true!
Nancy Megan Corwin on her passion for chasing and repousse.
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.