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Class Spotlight: Bezel Setting!

Join us this weekend for a great foundation class in stone setting!

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This Saturday and Sunday, Dec 12 + 13,  11am-5:30pm Register Now!

The bezel setting is the earliest method for setting gemstones into jewelry – and hasn’t changed much over the last few thousands years. To create a bezel, you take a piece of metal and fabricate it to the size and shape of the outside of the stone. You then place the stone inside the bezel and push the metal over the top the stone.

Bezels are a simple, clean and secure approach to setting gemstones. They keep your gem safe and clean from dirt and don’t catch clothing.

 

Student Spotlight: Aster + Antics

We met Juliana a couple of years ago when she started taking lessons with us. We’ve seen her work progress to the point of the launch of her jewelry line, Aster & Antics, and we couldn’t be more proud! Learn more about Juliana and her work below.

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-When did you first start making jewelry? 

I’ve been experimenting with beads, braiding, and knotting techniques for as long as I can remember. Growing up near the water, I would also make a lot of wire wrapped seaglass into pendants and earrings for myself and as gifts, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I got into metalwork.

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-What class(es) have you taken at Liloveve?

I’ve taken Intro to Silver, Wax Carving I, Flush Setting, Bezel Setting, and a few one day workshops.

-Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work? 

Much of my inspiration comes from the natural beauty of the earth and sea. I like taking an element that occurs naturally and re-imagining it into a design that’s new and unique, but that still maintains an obvious nod to nature. I’m also inspired by memories and past experiences, taking something so personal and turning it into something that other people can create their own meanings for.

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-Where do you exhibit / sell your work? 

I just launched my website and first complete collection! www.asterandantics.com

-Have you been featured in any press? 

Not yet! 😉


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

Favorite is hard, but a piece that’s close to my heart is my Barnacle Cluster Ring, which was the first piece I ever made in wax. I got so many compliments on it from people that I decided to refine it a bit and turned it into an extended group of designs in my collection.

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-If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? 

I’ve always wanted to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef!

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

I would love to collaborate with someone like the artist Aurel Schmidt- she makes kind of dark, super intricate work that gets you thinking and errs on the bizarre. Also, the late MC Escher- I think the fluid, interconnected, maze-like patterns of his work would translate beautifully to jewelry.

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

Definitely being able to take the jumble of thoughts and ideas in my head and turn them into tangible, wearable pieces of art.

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-Where can we see your work?

asterandantics.com

@asterandanticsjewelry

facebook.com/asterandantics

Student Spotlight: Karoline Bolt

When did you first start making jewelry?

2011

What classes have you taken at Liloveve?

Wax Carving I, Intermediate Wax Carving + intro to silversmithing

Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing your work?

Museums, art + architecture

Where do you sell your work?

Online at KarolineBoltJewelry.com

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

The Kenner Necklace

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If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

India

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

Joseph Cornell. Sadly he is no longer with us but he is my favorite artist and I believe he had a way of showing really meaning through simple arrangements of objects

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

Seeing people wear something you’ve created!

Where can we see your work?

website: KarolineBoltJewelry.com

instagram: @KarolineBolt

twitter: @KBoltJewelry

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facebook.com/KarolineBoltJewelry

Student Spotlight: Angie Colombo

When did you first start making jewelry?

I started making jewelry about 20 years ago.

What classes have you taken at Liloveve?

Intermediate Silversmithing, Tube Setting, Flush Setting, Rose Cut Diamond.

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Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?

I draw inspiration from nature and from architecture. I also draw inspiration from people that I make connections with.

Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

Market NYC, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Hester Street, Atlantic Antic, Crafts in Chelsea, Museum School Fair.

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Have you been featured in any press?

Not yet, but I will be in a blog for the Y Life coming soon.

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

My favorite piece that I’ve ever made was a pair of cuff links.  I unfortunately don’t have a photo of them. They were 14mm blue topaz, cushion cut stones set in a sterling silver bezel.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would like to go to Italy, any part.

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

 Michelle Chang, beautifully simple with lots of animal references.

I’m also interested in collaborating with PatrickIrlaJewelry and Arrok Jewelry.

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

I get to create things.

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Where can we see your work?

You can find me on Etsy.

Student Spotlight: Amy Madden

When did you first start making jewelry?

As a teenager, I was obsessed with making jewelry. I went to art school with the intention of majoring in jewelry/metals, but ended up focusing on painting and printmaking instead. About 6 years ago, the jewelry bug bit me again.

What classes have you taken at Liloveve?

I’ve taken silversmithing, wax carving, tube setting, flush setting, rose cut diamond, business for designers and I’m currently taking a gold alloying class.

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Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?

Although I’m drawn to textiles and other intricate patterns, I tend to keep my jewelry designs very simple. From time to time, I will add a decorative motif or two, although I have a stack of sketches of more baroque pieces I’d like to try out.

Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

I have a website  and I used to participate in a lot of local markets and craft fairs. However, most people find me through my Etsy shop these days.

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

This ring was one of my first experiments in wax carving. I love the sculptural qualities of wax and feel that there are so many possibilities to explore in this medium, if only given the time!

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If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

India—it has a reputation for being a total sensory overload, with both positive and negative aspects. I love the art, the bright colors, and the fragrant spices. Of course, I’m also fantasizing about finding sparkling piles of rubies and sapphires.

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

I think I’d learn a lot collaborating with Alexander Calder, and I imagine he would be very playful. While he’s well known for his whimsical mobiles, I once came across a book about his jewelry creations. It can be a real challenge to get jewelry to hang right, especially if you want to incorporate asymmetry.

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

Working with my hands is a true pleasure. This is a good thing, as jewelry making often requires a lot more time fabricating than designing.

Where can we see your work?

My website and etsy page.

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#BenchTipTuesday – resize a ring

Join us every Tuesday for bench tips + tricks

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How to resize a ring is probably one of the most frequent questions that I get. Resizing the original piece can be a lot easier than creating it again from scratch.

A general rule is each ring size is 2mm. To size a ring down, cut out a portion of the material from the back of the ring. If the ring is a size 8 and being sized down to a 6, cut out 4mm.File both ends parallel and use a half round plier to join them back together. There should be no gap between the two ends. Use a jeweler’s saw frame with a metal blade to saw through the seam to get all of the nooks and crannies out. Keep sawing through the seam until there are no gaps and it looks perfect. Solder the seam back together and finish.

You can achieve the same thing while working in wax.

To size a ring up, you can anneal your ring and quench in water. Using a metal ring mandrel and plastic mallet, hammer the ring further down the ring mandrel. Flip the ring and hammer the other side. If hammering the ring to the correct size won’t work, saw through the ring and add a portion of the material to create the size larger. There should be no gap between the ends. Use a jeweler’s saw frame and blade to saw through the seams to get all of the nooks and crannies out. Keep sawing through the seams until there are no gaps and it looks perfect. Solder the seam back together and finish. You can achieve the same thing while working in wax.

Tips for Marketing your Jewelry

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We all love to make pretty things, but how to we get the world to see them? Here are our tips for getting your work out there:

“Social Media is free and is a great way show your brand to the world! Facebook Page, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr / Blog – all of these are free, fun and easy and you can do everything from your smartphone. Show your fans behind-the-scenes shots of how your work is created, where your inspiration comes from, and the finished product! Don’t forget to tell them where to purchase.”

“stay in touch with your clients by using free platforms such as Mailchimp or Constant Contact – these services allow you to send email updates to your various networks.”

-Emilie, Program Director 

“A super easy way to get your designs out into the world is to loan some jewelry to your friends. Make sure you give them business cards to pass out as well. It also helps to go to stores and see what other jewelry is out there, or whats trendy at the moment. For example, I was talking to a local clothing store owner and she said people are really into ear cuffs right now, so I’m experimenting with different types of ear jewelry.”

-Kate, Program Assistant

“Know your audience and how to appeal to them.”

-Jillian, Director of Communications

If you’re interested in more tips, I came across an article on Launch Grow Joy, a blog dedicated to entrepreneurs, that lists more than 50 tips from jewelry designers all over the country. Below are some tips that grabbed my attention, as well as a link to the full article.

“Every person you meet is a potential customer. Wear a piece of your jewelry every day, every where you go.  Be friendly, positive and smile to everyone you see. When people compliment you on your jewelry, say thank you, hand them your business card, and say, since you like these earrings or this ring, bracelet, necklace or whatever it may be, please visit my website to look at my other jewelry. The person will happily take your business card and you now have a new potential customer.”  – Diane Batoff from Micassileo Jewelry

“Participate fully in shows and events. By this I mean taking the time to set up a professional booth with a consistent look. And, put down your cell phone…people want to shop with an artist who is present in the moment.” – Sherry Trammel-Schauls from Balsamroot Ranch Jewelry

“Create a look, word or color that is distinctively yours. When people see your work and marketing material, your name should pop in their head.” – Lauren Sigman from Lauren Sigman Jewelry

“When you post on Facebook or Pinterest, it needs to be VISUAL and done CONSISTENTLY.  I take some time at the beginning of the week to gather some photos, quotes, product shots, and get them ready to go for use that week. I also find material to share from other sources that fit with my brand (blogs, products I like, photos that inspire, quotes).  Then each day I get up before my kids and schedule the Facebook posts.  I often do several days at a time, but it’s important to stay engaged and make sure you’re responding to posts.  Of course you can hire someone to do this for you, but I enjoy connecting to my customers in such a personal medium as Facebook.  This doesn’t mean you have to be online constantly.  Just schedule your posts in bulk and it’s really pretty easy.” – Sarah Jane Nelson from Life is Rosey: Jewelry that Speaks

Have any tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments section!

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. 

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.

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.

Tips for Photographing your Jewelry

Creating jewelry is such an incredible journey, although capturing the finished piece in a photograph can sometimes be difficult. Most jewelry is hard to photograph because trying to capture details on small objects is difficult, and light tends to bounce off the metal to create glare. In the spirit of education, I asked everyone around Liloveve, as well as some professional photographers for tips about taking great photos of  your jewelry.

“Use natural light. You can also try smartphone apps like VSOcam or pho-to-lab.”

-Jillian, Director of Communication, Liloveve

“Take a ton of pictures. You’re bound to end up with one good one!”

-Caroline, Principal Designer & Instructor, Liloveve

“Always use a tripod. For taking product shots measure the distance of your camera to the piece so you can get the same distance every time.”

-Emilie, Program Director & Instructor, Liloveve

Some tips from the pros:

“Have a nice consistent source of natural light, and style the pieces with other neutral elements. I’m always a fan of using crystals or stones!”

-Diggy Lloyd, Photographer

“Lighting is everything. A good lens, bright lights, a model with good skin. I’d also say that the key, especially with gemstones or crystals, is to catch the shine with the light.”

-Laura Cartagena, Photographer, Founder of Create / Collect

“Three tips: 1. if your piece is shiny try not to get your reflection in the shot. 2. make sure your lights aren’t creating hot spots on the item. 3. using a light box helps get full light coverage over the entire object.”

-Frank Bowles, Photographer

“Lighting is key honestly. I’ve also found that photographing the pieces on people is helpful. If not possible, make a light box using a white matte board or poster board. Position two lights coming in the sides (45 degrees-ish) to completely light the piece. The right camera lens is also important as you want to be close enough to really show the details. 50 mm lenses work the best because of their depth of field.”

-Sarah MK Moody, Photographer, Co-Founder of  Create / Collect

If you’re looking to up your Instagram game or refresh the pictures on your Etsy page, check out these lenses that you can clip on your phone to increase your image quality. It’s a good investment if you don’t want to spend $1000 on a high quality camera right away.

-The Ollo Clip (iPhone 5/5s/5c and 4/4s only) will run you about $59.99-129.99. All of their lenses can take wide angle, fish eye, and macro shots, and their four in one lens allows you to take 10x as well as 15x macro shots. The Ollo Clip is designed to complement the iPhone 5s’s 8 megapixel camera, but the image quality works for the 4 as well – see example below.

This is the new Four in One Lense from Ollo Clip. It will run you $69.99

This is the new Four in One Lens from Ollo Clip. It will run you $69.99.

Customer photo shot on iPhone 4S using Ollo Clip

Actual Ollo Clip customer photo shot on iPhone 4S

-The Sony QX10 and QX100 lenses are compatible with iPhone and Android devices. These lenses will run you about $250 for the QX10 (18 megapixels) and $500 for the QX100 (20.2 megapixels and a Carl Zeiss lens, a leader in the optical industry). They snap onto your smartphone and can connect with your phone over wifi or you can use a memory chip. Customer reviews note that these lenses are best used for close up shots, not action shots.

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From left to right: Sony QX10 and QX100

Actual customer photo shot using the QX10

Actual QX10 customer photo

There are less expensive options that work on pretty much any type of smartphone available on Amazon and Ebay that will run you about $18-39, but you may sacrifice quality.

We hope these tips were helpful, and wish you luck with your photography adventures moving forward!