These days you need written words for almost every aspect of your business: to tell the story of why you started making jewelry on your website, to share the inspiration for a new bracelet, to articulate your design philosophy, to craft a post on Facebook, to pen descriptions on Etsy, and the list goes on and on. In this latest Business Know-How post, Marlene Richey explains that improving your writing skills just a little can have big payoffs.
What place does hand-rendering your designs have in a jeweler’s process? Can putting pencil to paper really benefit a jeweler in the digital age? Jewelry designer Rémy Rotenier believes that hand-drawn designs help jewelers and designers connect with clients, plot out new designs, and encourage sales in retail settings. He has taught the art of hand-rendering jewelry for years and now, thanks to his new two-course instructional DVD series, you can learn from him too!
Today’s “Influencers in Jewelry Design” post continues a series by Marlene Richey that celebrates the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. This time, Marlene spotlights metalsmith, master enamelist, and renaissance woman Linda Darty. Linda has played a pivotal role in advocating on behalf of the integrity and versatility of the art form of enameling. Take a look at her story and then tell us how Linda’s work has influenced you. Join the conversation—we want to hear your jewelry Influencer stories!
Swanstrom’s resident tool master Tim Sheriff is gearing up for a one-of-a-kind classroom experience at Rio: He will tag-team with talented designer/instructor Lauren Tobey for a Winter Workshop class that will take disc cutters and pliers to the limits of students’ imaginations. In this edition of The Studio, read about Tim’s journey from Iowa farmhand to jewelry-making rock star, and pick up a few of his invaluable nuggets along the way.
Today marks our final “What Are You Working on Now” contest with a big, fat “thank you” to all of you for sharing what’s on your bench month after month! Take a look at today’s contest winner, Kristen Baird, whose gorgeous work is the perfect way to finish our peek onto jewelry benches all over the globe over the past three years.
Jayne Redman’s new class at Rio Grande’s 2015 Winter Workshop, held January 25–30, is Making Multiples: Blanking Dies and Pattern Development. During the class, Jayne will teach students the process of making and using a blanking die from start to finish, in the process teaching them how to save countless precious hours they would otherwise spend individually sawing components.
Each year we look back over the landscape of articles we wrote and try to pinpoint five of our readers’ favorites: The ones that drew the most eyes, the ones you spent the most time with, the ones that generated the most interest on social media. And each year, after Google has finished crunching the numbers for us, we are surprised and delighted to discover the five that made the cut. Here they are, Studio readers, your top five posts of 2014!
Have you signed up for Rio’s annual Winter Workshop yet? Get to know John Sartin, who will be teaching a two-day intensive on textures and treatments that will enrich your designs and expand your conceptions of jewelry. This class is a must for beginning metalsmiths!
Today’s “Influencers in Jewelry Design” post continues a series by Marlene Richey that celebrates the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. This time, Marlene spotlights the extraordinary talent and groundbreaking contributions of George Sawyer. George was the first to bring gold mokumé gane to the market as jewelry and the first to use precious metals in his patterning. How has George’s work influenced you? Join the conversation—we want to hear your jewelry Influencer stories!
A jeweler in West Africa will typically own a hammer, pliers or tweezers, and a few other odds and ends that they keep in a hand-made toolbox. Since The Studio’s initial post about the Toolbox Initiative—a project that aims to provide West African jewelers with commercial tools and materials that are rarely available to them—Tim McCreight and Matthieu Cheminée have received donations of hundreds of tools and several ounces of silver to support the project. Read on to learn a little more about these skilled metalsmiths and to make a donation to this fantastic project.