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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I make real jewelry? on: March 18, 2008 04:23:25 PM
oh i definitly prefer making mine to buying them too, but depending on where you live it's can sometimes be a HUGE investment to buy equipment or even take classes. if you are not lucky enough to live somewhere that you could take classes then get yourself a really good book, i like Tim McCreight's. those books are usually laid out in the order that you would learn your basic skills in a class room. so start from the beginning and work your way through. most hardware stores sell the basic stuff or you could order a kit, but those are pricey. have fun and be proud of everything that you make.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to Make a Jewelry Portfolio on: March 18, 2008 04:13:43 PM
 i reccomend taking photos of the work on a light grey paper with a good light source. print out the pictures large enough to fill the entire page so detail is visable and compile those with a cover letter, Resume, and artist statement. sometimes if you are taking your work somewhere it will be resold it is a good idea to take some time to figure out how much money you would like to recieve for certain pieces that way in the excitement of the moment you do not undersell yourself. when you walk into to a shop or something with such an organized protfolio it really impresses and shows that you are organized and dedicated. my portfolio is in a large black leatherish book, but if that's too spendy for what you do then just try to pick out something that looks more professional than a folder with tumbling kitties on it. if you are at all nervous about the resume/ cover letter/ artist statement then just look them up online there are so many websites designed to help people create these things it is unbelieveable. Shaboom is a really great online source for help with those things. i bet you could do the entire thing in an evening or so. best of luck
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me make these rings! on: February 24, 2008 08:01:43 PM
when i have a fire scale problem i just put my piece on a hot plate and heat it until it looks very tarnished then i quench it in pickel and repeat until the piece no longer tarnishes on hot hot plate. This process brings up the fine silver so you have to be sure that you have NO filing or sanding left to do. you can definitly polish and wax after you do this though. best of luck, band rings are really quick and easy after you get the hang of it but sometimes it takes a while. the most important part is that the butt joint where you solder the ring together are as close to 90 as you can get them.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I make real jewelry? on: February 24, 2008 07:48:23 PM
you can order a wide array of shapes and sizes of bezel cups from Rio Grande or Fire Mountain Gems. be careful of the quality on the prefab bezel cups, you really get what you pay for with those. silversmithing is a lot of fun and there are things you can learn to do that require only a small torch and a few tools.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for Interesting Jewelry Magazines... on: September 30, 2007 01:45:15 PM
Metalsmith is my absolute fav, but Ornament is really good too, and has a lot more beading in it also american craft has some really neat stuff. also almost any public/college library has at least one of those publications to save you the costly expense of buying them yourself
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Uncurling Spider Legs on: August 31, 2007 07:55:49 PM
this sounds kinda gross but i think i heard one time that you could steam them very briefly to make their bodies plyable again, if you have a bunch of spider carcases try it with just one and see how it works out
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: my newest bag for summer on: May 22, 2007 05:03:42 PM
no, i didn't follow a pattern i just kinda made it up as i went
if anybody wants i can post a tute.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my newest bag for summer added tute on: May 22, 2007 11:29:06 AM
so my mother gave me these old curtains that she got somewhere and i always just loved the print but could not think of anything to do with them. as curtains they were terrible but as my new bag they are fabulous. this bag cost me nothing except electricity to make.

Okay so here is the really bad tute so let me know if you have any questions cause well i'm sure that you will. also i mad my bag from piecing together an old curtain but i wrote this as thought you're starting from a whole piece of material.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with jump rings on: May 02, 2007 11:50:26 AM
what anna mentioned is work hardening, it's amazing. also when you close the jumpring push the 2 ends past each other side to side then put them back together. after a few failed tries you will be a jumpring hero and they should stay together
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Handcutting shapes from copper or silver sheet? Help! on: May 02, 2007 11:45:23 AM
a jewelers saw would do you wonders, sometimes bead stores or hardware stores also have jewelry supplies. espically copper and half hard brass. as far as saw blades go, purchase many, you will use them. a good way to estimate the size blades you will need is to allow for at least 2 teeth for the thickness of the metal. i tend to prefer 2/o as they are less fragile than the much hated 4/o.
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