The unique properties of Argentium® silver distinguish it from traditional sterling silver, but despite all the advantages that it offers, many jewelers are hesitant to give it a try. In today’s post, Cynthia Eid –an Argentium® silver master, shares encouragement, tips, and examples of what’s possible with this innovative alloy.
Mark Nelson shows you how to add amazing colors to your creations! Easy-to-use Colores™ is the perfect way to add vibrant color and unique designs to your work. Once the color is mixed, you can add it to a bezel cup or any other concave shape that can contain it.
It is a tremendous time-saver to have the right tools within reach, but how does one sort through so many plier and cutter choices? In this video, Mark Nelson walks us through basic plier and cutter options and then he gets into some of the coolest specialty pliers.
Creating a beautiful jewelry display can be just as challenging as creating the jewelry itself! We talked to a longtime local jewelry shop about the display ideas that keep their foot traffic high year after year.
Bill Fretz has teamed up with Interweave to make a great new set of DVDs that demonstrate his extraordinary skill with jewelry hammers and stakes. check it out!
After I watched last week’s premiere episode of Project Accessory, which challenged contestants to transform junk into wearable art, I was reminded of a totally inspiring project with Mark Nelson, where he uses found objects and unconventional techniques to embellish wood bangles. . .
Have you seen the riveting tool yet? The Crafted Findings Riveting Tool is a great cold connection solution. Check it out!
Take a look at Eddie’s recipe for an excellent natural rubber mold (because “good” isn’t good enough).
Looking for some display tips to grab the attention of your customers and increase your sales? This list of tips gives you practical ideas that will lead to great displays!
Earlier this year I was hearing from all of the above sources, that we needed a better tool to hold onto bracelet mandrels with tangs. Fortunately, we weren’t the only ones who saw the need. At the same time that I was out looking for such a tool, a bay area jeweler was busy inventing one!
In the early 90s I created a line of jewelry which used anticlastic and synclastic shapes made from strips of gold and silver. The need for efficient hammers and stakes inspired me to develop and make a urethane-headed hammer and stakes which would form the shapes I needed. . .
Do you ever wish you had a the skills to drill deep holes, very straight? In this post, Eddie shares a great method he learned from expert machinist and fellow Rio associate, Jeff Zirwas. . .