The Care and Feeding of Customers

Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 6/29/2012 to By Leah
Selling/BuyingCustomers are the most important part of your jewelry business, care for them and watch your business grow!
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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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Hi-yo, Silver!

Posted by Lani Dearmin on 6/11/2012 to Students
It’s “Juneuary” in Seattle again! June is off to a cloudy and rainy start. Good thing there are so many creative things to be made indoors. They say every cloud has a silver lining, and I can sure see a lot of clouds out the window. What better time to talk about working with silver?

sterling silver sheetsStudents often ask about the difference between sterling silver and fine silver. Here’s a little about both types and some pros and cons of each as they pertain to jewelry making.
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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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