Here are a few incredible pieces made this weekend from our 4-hour ring making class. Check out future ring making classes here.
When learning to make jewelry, it’s so fun to be able to wear your own pieces as your learning this new craft. But what’s even more incredible is being able to give someone you love one of your new handmade treasures. Check out these beautiful pieces made in one of our recent one-day ring making intensives by some really awesome couples.
Check out all of our 4-hour ring making classes coming up here
We just added the Winter / Spring 2014 catalog to the website and our so excited about a new year and new season of classes, workshops and new ideas to begin. Check it out!
This past Thursday we had the opening of our 4th annual Student Show and it was so fantastic! If you missed it, take a look at the incredible work of our participating artists….
What is your current occupation? Assistant jewelry designer at Satya Jewelry
What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Wax Carving I
How does jewelry fit into your life? I would say that jewelry pretty much consumes my life. If I am not at work I am taking classes or creating on my own.
Where do you draw your inspiration? Mostly the places I visit and places I have created in my mind that may not really exists.
What is your current occupation? Mental Health Counselor
What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Ring making intensive
How does jewelry fit into your life? As a form of communication and expression
Where do you draw your inspiration? symbols, mysticism, organic process
Occupation: Office/Project Manager for construction company
What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Intro to Silversmithing
How does jewelry fit into your life? The biggest part of “heart” is “art”. The Muse speaks, I obey.
Where do you draw your inspiration? I think maybe my Native American roots give me a sense of what’s in the slab before me, of which stones will harmonize, which will create a dissonance. While none of these particular pieces are for sale, similar ones can be created in your choice of a large variety of stones. Others can be seen on my Facebook page, “Eclectic Omega.”
What is your current occupation? Student
Where do you draw your inspiration? Myth, Native American Art and Spiritualism, Indian Art, geometrical designs, art deco
Occupation: Professional makeup artist for TV, film and print.
How does jewelry fit into your life? I like creating designs with color and shapes, not necessarily symmetrical, but aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Which, to me, is an extension of what I do as a makeup artist.
Where do you draw your inspiration? The color wheel and nature.
What’s your current occupation? unemployed
How does jewelry fit into your life? Hobby, possible career interest
Where do you draw your inspiration? organic objects, ancient artwork, geometric shapes
What’s your current occupation? Interactive Producer
What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Intro to Silversmithing
How does jewelry fit into your life? It is a wonderfully meticulous medium where most (if not all) of the creative output is manifested from my imagination.
Where do you draw your inspiration? Currently, most of my inspiration comes from nature and organic shapes.
How does jewelry fit into your life? It is a drive for me! It’s like my happy pill, takes me from one place to the next one, always exploring and learning non-stop.
Where do you draw your inspiration? It really varies, it can start by looking at a stone – it’s color, or shape. Looking at patterns in nature is a very rich source of inspiration for me, and as well as I really take pleasure in looking at reflections or glimpses of light and I try to translate that into my work. Other great unexpected inspirational moments happen in the studio during the design and production processes, where mistakes become a starting point for a new idea or even become an actual piece themselves.
What’s your current occupation? Jewelry Production Assistant / Marketing
How does jewelry fit into your life? Jewelry’s place in my life has evolved greatly since I took my first class at Liloveve. It started out as a much needed creative outlet, and for the past six months it has been the focus of my work life. My pursuit of learning more about design and production has led me to some of the most unexpected and fulfilling experiences of my life.
Where do you draw your inspiration? Architecture, modern design and the utilization of negative space.
The show is up through Sunday, September 22 from Noon – 5pm.
photo source: The Why Files
Best known for its use in things like surgical tools, building supports, electrical appliances, and hot water heaters, steel is often used to create objects where strength and safety are of utmost importance. However, despite its industrial reputation, it can also be used to create delicate and intricate jewelry.
There are several types of steel used in jewelry-making, the two most popular being stainless steel and mild steel. Stainless steel is an alloy of steel that contains at least 10% chromium, which combines with oxygen to create a thin, invisible layer of chrome-containing oxide. This protective layer is what makes it “stainless”, however despite its title, stainless steel is not actually “stainless” but just extremely resistant to corrosion. Mild steel, or “carbon steel” is an alloy of steel that has no more than 2% carbon and no other appreciable alloying element, it differs from stainless steel because it is not resistant to corrosion and is more easily weldable.
Steel can be a great alternative to non- ferrous metals in jewelry making, as it is relatively inexpensive and lightweight. It is extremely strong and resilient and though it takes a little more strength than other base metals to bend and form, steel will retain its shape and durability much longer. Stainless steel can be an excellent alternative to metals that can cause sensitivities and allergies such as copper and brass as it is considered hypoallergenic. Carbon steel exhibits ferromagnetism (meaning its magnetic), which can make for some interesting jewelry design solutions. Because of its low price tag and lightweight and durable qualities, steel is also a great medium for larger scale pieces.
According to the Worth Global Style Network, this modest metal is gaining in popularity, through industrial and urban-inspired trends and is appearing more and more in both fashion and jewelry. Looking to jump on the steel jewelry bandwagon? We have an upcoming Steel Fabrication class that explores the many possibilities that this metal has to offer. Check it out and join us for a fun, informative six week course!
Brooch by instructor Brice Garrett
We had a great time this weekend at our Filigree workshop. It was so much fun and the students created some really amazing work.
We’re so excited to announce our 4th annual Student Show coming up in September of 2013. This Student Show is intended to highlight different explorations of the jewelry medium – showing a range of work selected from classroom studies to original artistic works to pieces created as part of a larger design project for another artist or to present in a professional workplace. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 19 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm.
We welcome all of our past and present students to apply to this juried show. To apply, please submit up to 3 pieces of original jewelry work by August 25, 2013. Please include at least 1 low res image of each piece submitted, name of work, dimensions, medium, and year created. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions & submissions with Subject: Student Show 2013.
A few weeks ago in our Intermediate Wax Carving class we were lucky enough to get a visit from Daniel Baez, the owner of Taba Casting in the Jewelry District.
Daniel gave our students a lesson in mold making- the practice of using a model to create negative space within a rubber form. Molds are essentially what makes the jewelry production world go ’round. Knowing how the process works is essential to anyone interested in producing their pieces on a large scale.
Molds can be made from any number of things- anywhere from a finished piece of metal jewelry, to natural forms like tree bark or animal bones. Basically anything than can withstand the heat of melted rubber can be used to make a mold.
In order to create a rubber mold, the model is covered in layers of raw rubber and placed inside a vulcanization machine. This machine heats the rubber up to 375 degrees and melts the layers around the model to create a solid mold. Once the rubber is melted around the model, it is cut open to reveal the negative space inside, which is an exact replica of the original piece. Here Daniel cuts open a silicon mold.
After the mold is cut, a special type of wax is injected into the mold to create a wax version of the original model. This process can be repeated over and over to create any number of wax models which are then cast into metal to create multiples.
There are so many kinds of molds! Interested in learning more about mold making creating multiples of your pieces? Check out our upcoming Mold Making workshop on August 10th and 11th!
One of metal’s unique qualities is its ability to be shaped and formed without breaking – its malleability. The hollow ring project demonstrates the fabrication of a shell structure which can only be fabricated using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Join us for our next session of Intro to Silversmithing to learn this technique!