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Ringing in the New Year with our One Day Intensives

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.

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Check out all of our 4-hour ring making classes coming up here

Student Show 2013: Exhibition Opening

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….

Jennifer Salta

Uprooted Silver, Turquoise 2013

Uprooted
Silver, Turquoise, Wax Carving I Class
2013

King Brass 2013

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Brass
2013, Wac Carving I Class

Hand crafted Brass 2013, Wax Carving I Class

Hand crafted
Brass
2013, Wax Carving I Class

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.

Ryan Swearingen

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacker Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline 2013

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacker
Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline
2013

 

Stamped Hexagon Silver, Brass 2013

Stamped Hexagon
Silver, Brass
2013

 

Orange Agate double ring Silver, Agate 2013

Orange Agate double ring
Silver, Agate
2013

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

Skip LaTronica

Buffalo Turquoise, Howlith, Silver set in Cocobolo 2013

Buffalo
Turquoise, Howlith, Silver set in Cocobolo
2013

 

Sea Turtle Green Jasper, Silver, Jade, Garnet, Labradorite, Sunstone, Prehnite, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Citrine, Fluorite, Leather 2012

Sea Turtle
Green Jasper, Silver, Jade, Garnet, Labradorite, Sunstone, Prehnite, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Citrine, Fluorite, Leather
2012

 

Hug Hand-dyed Soapstone, Black Fire Agate, Botswana Agate, Carnelian, Leather 2012

Hug
Hand-dyed Soapstone, Black Fire Agate, Botswana Agate, Carnelian, Leather
2012

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.”

Cindy Horrigan

Vertex Ring Brass 2013, Wax Carving I

Vertex Ring
Brass
2013, Wax Carving I

 

Lunar Pendant Sterling Silver 2013, Wax Carving I

Lunar Pendant
Sterling Silver
2013, Wax Carving I

 

Hudsucker Ring Sterling Silver 2012

Hudsucker Ring
Sterling Silver
2012

Sue Keown

Kokopelli Flute Player PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, Oxidized 2013, PMC Workshop

Kokopelli Flute Player
PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, Oxidized
2013, PMC Workshop

 

Silver Wings Amulet PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, neoprene, Oxidized  2012, PMC Workshop

Silver Wings Amulet
PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, neoprene, Oxidized
2012, PMC Workshop

 

Mayan Priest Lost Wax Casting, Bronze, Greek Leather Cord, Oxidized  2013, Wax Carving II Class

Mayan Priest
Lost Wax Casting, Bronze, Greek Leather Cord, Oxidized
2013, Wax Carving II Class

What is your current occupation? Student

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Silversmithing, Wax Carving, Stone setting, chain making, & PMC (precious metal clay)

Where do you draw your inspiration? Myth, Native American Art and Spiritualism, Indian Art, geometrical designs, art deco

Rosanne Puchal

Antique Copper Wire Crocheted Bracelet Wire, Turquoise, Pearls, Brass Beads 2013

Antique Copper Wire Crocheted Bracelet
Wire, Turquoise, Pearls, Brass Beads
2013

 

Silver and Purpless Crocheted Bracelet Silver Wire, Silver Beads, Amethyst and Agate Beads 2013

Silver and Purpless Crocheted Bracelet
Silver Wire, Silver Beads, Amethyst and Agate Beads
2013

Occupation: Professional makeup artist for TV, film and print.

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Wire crochet workshop, Viking knit workshop, earrings intensive

 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.

Erica Ffolliott

Filigree Ring Sterling Silver, Aquamarine 2013, Filigree Workshop

Filigree Ring
Sterling Silver, Aquamarine
2013, Filigree Workshop

 

Erica Ffolliot_Filigree Ring back

What’s your current occupation? unemployed

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Intro to Silversmithing, wax carving, chain making, Ring design, filigree, tube setting, flush setting.

How does jewelry fit into your life? Hobby, possible career interest

Where do you draw your inspiration? organic objects, ancient artwork, geometric shapes

Mary Feng

Leaves in Flame Silver 2013, Intro to Silversmithing

Leaves in Flame
Silver
2013, Intro to Silversmithing

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.

Monica Ruzansky

Sun rise necklace 14K Gold & 2 pt. diamond 2012

Sun rise necklace
14K Gold & 2 pt. diamond
2012

 

Drop diamond necklace 14K Yellow with 13 white diamonds 2013

Drop diamond necklace
14K Yellow with 13 black diamonds
2013

 

Square diamond necklace 14K Gold and 9 white diamonds 2013

Square diamond necklace
14K Gold and 9 white diamonds
2013

 

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What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Rose Cut Diamond Ring, Gold Alloying, Stackable Rings and Flush Setting

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.

Jane Durand

Power Ring Brass 2013, Wax Carving I

Power Ring
Brass
2013, Wax Carving I

What’s your current occupation? Jewelry Production Assistant / Marketing

How does jewelry fit into your life? Intro to Silversmithing and Wax carving

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.

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The show is up through Sunday, September 22 from Noon – 5pm.

 

 

Alternative Metalsmithing: Steel

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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.

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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.

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steel, plastic, and silver jewelry by artist Brice Garrett.

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!CIMG9703

Brooch by instructor Brice Garrett

Filigree Workshop

We had a great time this weekend at our Filigree workshop. It was so much fun and the students created some really amazing work.

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Michelle Chong’s elegant earrings.Erica_FfolliettErica Ffolliett created this gorgeous ring. Love the center set stone!Deirdre-Bialo-PadinWe love these stunning earrings by Dierdre Padin. Amazing and intricate detail work!

Check out some of our upcoming Weekend Workshops, including Flush Setting, Wire Crochet, and Tube Setting, and get the chance to make a unique and original piece of your own!

4th Annual Student Show: Apply Now!

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 studio@liloveve.com with questions & submissions with Subject: Student Show 2013.

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Studio Visit: Daniel Baez from Taba Casting

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Architecture of a Ring

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!

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