Building Facèré

Posted by Amelia Upton on 8/31/2012 to Students
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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 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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Revisiting Failure

Posted by Leah on 8/9/2012 to By Leah
When I first started soldering, I knew that it would be a breeze. After all you are just sticking two pieces of metal together right? Well guess what! Just heating up the metal with a torch does not necessarily work and I burnt every one of my fingers in the process too! Both my project and I were a mess! I was frustrated and decided that I would “never” learn how to solder. Soldering was tossed by the wayside and I concentrated on other aspects of jewelry making. Fast forward several years, I started to realize just how silly it was for me not to learn this important skill. I was ready to move up to the next level.

Better Living Through Your Flex Shaft!

Posted by Leah Alden Jaswal on 8/2/2012 to By Leah
My Flexshaft changed my life! Well okay, maybe not my “life”, but definitely my bench life!I reach for it more than any other item on my bench.
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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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