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Class Spotlight: Perfect Pendants!

Stand out from the crowd with a truly unique custom pendant of your very own design!

Saturday + Sunday | July  16 + 17 | 11am-5:00pm | $240 | Register Now!

In this weekend workshop we’ll be exploring different styles and techniques to create your Perfect Pendant.  Learn to construct bezel settings for cabochon, faceted gemstones, and fancy shaped stones.  Working with sterling silver, we use hammer and stamps, as well as high polish, and oxidized finishes to accentuate textures and highlight designs. Students may bring their own stones or purchase from the tutor’s collection. Materials are provided.

Check out some of our students amazing work!!!

 

 

Class Spotlight: Business For Designers + Jewelry Production Workshops

This weekend!

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So you’ve taken a few jewelry making classes, have a fabulous idea for a jewelry collection and have began making samples, but wait! Have you thought about marketing? How about how to set up a business in New York? How to apply for a sales tax certificate, and when to collect it?

Running a Jewelry Business is more than designing and making jewelry.  In fact, there are many more aspects to business that most designers aren’t aware of when they try to launch a new jewelry line. But don’t fret – we’ve got two classes coming up covering these topics among other valuable practical knowledge for starting and running a successful jewelry business.

Business for Designers (April 3 | Sunday | $120 | 11am-5pm) is all about learning how to start a jewelry business. You’ll learn about different types of businesses from sole proprietorship to a corporation, different laws and taxes you’ll need to know, as well as building a web presence and marketing your work.

Jewelry Production (April 3 | $120 | Saturday | 11am-5pm) is all about developing a coherent line for production, production techniques, selling retail vs. wholesale, and much more. You’ll also have an opportunity to bring in a few samples, and to discuss individual questions in a one-on-one setting with the instructor.

Take them together, and you’ll set yourself up for a successful business launch!

 

 

Class Spotlight! The Amazing World of Wax Carving

Spring classes are starting soon!  Intro to Wax Carving is a fantastic class to get your feet wet in this versatile medium!

You may ask What is Wax Carving?

Well, the art of wax carving dates back all the way to 3500 BCE!  Probably even earlier!  Ancient civilizations used the beeswax that had been leftover from harvesting honey to sculpt interesting forms, mostly depictions of animals and gods.  Today we have many different types of jewelers carving wax, each kind having its own special properties.  Carving wax is a wonderful technique for creating jewelry. Intricate details can be created in wax that you can’t achieve in metal. We are essentially making mini-sculptures, using  additive and / or subtractive techniques.

In this 6-week class we explore how to build up wax, carve and file it away at it to reveal a design.  Wax is extremely forgiving & versatile and can be used to make rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings or any other small object.  You’ll start off by making a ring for the first project and then a pendant for the second.  Students are encouraged to explore the wax as a medium as well as be challenged as designers by the instructor.   You can design, experiment, play, and create with the inexpensive wax until you get your piece just right.

We include a tour of the jewelry district and a complete list of trade references and supplier resources to provide the new student with a full introduction to the jewelry industry. Small class sizes are perfect for both beginners or those looking to refresh their wax carving skills. You don’t need any jewelry knowledge to take this class – absolute beginners welcome!

for all the class details check it out here!

Mar 23rd – May 4th  (no class 3/30) | $450 | Wednesdays| 6-9pm | wax included + tool list | Register Now!

here’s a fun slide show of our last classes finished projects, get inspired!

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Class Spotlight: Business For Designers + Jewelry Production Workshops

 

photo (17)

So you’ve taken a few jewelry making classes, have a fabulous idea for a jewelry collection and have began making samples, but wait! Have you thought about marketing? How about how to set up a business in New York? How to apply for a sales tax certificate, and when to collect it?

Running a Jewelry Business is more than designing and making jewelry.  In fact, there are many more aspects to business that most designers aren’t aware of when they try to launch a new jewelry line. But don’t fret – we’ve got two classes coming up covering these topics among other valuable practical knowledge for starting and running a successful jewelry business.

Business for Designers (October 18 | Sunday | $120 | 11am-5:30pm) is all about learning how to start a jewelry business. You’ll learn about different types of businesses from sole proprietorship to a corporation, different laws and taxes you’ll need to know, as well as building a web presence and marketing your work.

Jewelry Production (October 17 | $120 | Saturday | 11am-5:30pm) is all about developing a coherent line for production, production techniques, selling retail vs. wholesale, and much more. You’ll also have an opportunity to bring in a few samples, and to discuss individual questions in a one-on-one setting with the instructor.

Take them together, and you’ll set yourself up for a successful business launch!

 

 

SPRING 2015 : We Dream in Silver

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Like what you see?! We love the geometric shapes and dramatic proportions of these pieces and can’t wait to put the inspiration to good use! Spring ’15 runway jewels (images clockwise from Edun, Narciso Rodriguez, and Hermes) have us wishing for longer, warmer days AND for the start of our next Intro to Silversmithing class so we can take these ideas to the bench!

Our Spring session of Intro to Silversmithing begins March 18th with just three spots left! Register here to join us.  And as always, 5% discount for full payment at the time of registration.

In this course, you’ll make both a ring and a pendant of your own design in sterling silver and learn to saw, file, solder, size a ring, polish it, and set a stone in the process.

(images from harpersbazaar.com and edun.com)

Design + Technique Inspiration

Our Intermediate level silversmithing: design and technique class is coming up next week (starts November 6th!), so naturally we’ve been browsing pinterest for some inspiration. Check out the pictures below for some techniques that we will be going over in class, such as braiding and twisting wires, stone setting, piercework/design using the sawframe, and surface texturization using hammers, stamps and burs. This is a really great class for anyone looking to expand and develop their design skills and technical repertoire.

To the pics!

Oxidized finish with bezel set druzy by Untamed Menagerie

Oxidized finish with bezel set druzy by Untamed Menagerie

The Jewelry Girls Place

Twists and braids by The Jewelry Girls Place 

A contemporary band with an opal bezel by Artulia

A contemporary band with an opal bezel by Artulia

Capucinne Rings

A modern horse shoe style band by Capucinne Rings 

Aleksandra Vali

Scorched and burned – the look of reticulation demonstrated by Aleksandra Vali 

Praxis Jewelry

Beautiful texture and an antique inspired bezel by Praxis Jewelry 

Art deco (1933) by Jakob Bengel

Art deco (1933) by Jakob Bengel

Gorgeous notching and wire work by Pinking Edge Design

Gorgeous notching and wire work by Pinking Edge Design

For more inspiration check out our pinterest page!

Student Spotlight: Susan Alexandra

When did you first start making jewelry?

I started making jewelry when I was like…9. But my first proper metal working class was in 2012. And as Drake says, nothing was the same…

What class did you take at Liloveve?

I took the wax carving class with Emilie!

Baby Hold on Ring | ring created in Wax Carving I class

Baby Hold on Ring | ring created in Wax Carving I class

Fortune Teller Necklace | pendant created in Wax Carving I class

Fortune Teller Necklace | pendant created in Wax Carving I class

 

Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?

My inspiration is a mix of things that have shaped my aesthetic. Paintings by Frida Kahlo and Jan Bruegel, floral print scarves from Oilily, the gardens of Marie Antoinette and Instragram. I am also very influenced by my current emotional and mental state. A lot of my jewelry is meant to be saviors in the midst of chaos.Frida Kahlo oilily jan brueghel marie ant gardens

Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

I sell through my site www.susanalexandra.com, retailers in the United States and Japan.

Have you been featured in any press?

Elle.com, March 2014

Elle.com, March 2014

Nylon Magazine, April 2014

Nylon Magazine, April 2014

What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

Eye See Bracelet

Eye See Bracelet

Eye See Bracelet

Eye See Bracelet

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Paris in the 1920’s, England in Medieval times where I was a princess in a castle, current times to Columbus, Oh to eat tuna noodle casserole made by my mama.

If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?

Rihanna or Frida Kahlo. Or my brilliant best friend and artist Matthew Sabato of Measuring the Marigold.

Rihanna

Rihanna

 

What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?

Working for myself! Creating what is purely my thoughts and feelings. Creating in general!

Where can we see your work?

OR my instragram, susan_alexandra

Check out Susan’s work on her website or follow her in instagram.