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Photography for Jewelers – Learning the Basics

Lights, camera, action … right?!

If only it were that easy. Photographing jewelry takes an appreciation for light, color, and focus and can be difficult to master let alone learn on one’s own.

Choosing the right background to make your piece pop, natural vs. studio light, props and garnishes – all of these things matter when trying to make your piece stand out.

We’re running a great four hour intensive on Sunday, September 11th with Photographer Nick Papadakis, a NYC based artist with extensive product photography experience.

Using your own jewelry and your own phone, you’ll learn how to utilize common objects and light sources to showcase your pieces in the best possible way without the use of a fancy (and expensive) professional camera.

Here are some beautiful shots from last year’s session… and yes these were taken by a smartphone! We only have 2 spots left – can’t wait for you to join us!

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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!!!

 

 

#Benchtip Tuesday! Resizing Rings with our New Ring Stretcher

When you’re in the business of producing handmade jewelry, time is just as valuable as money. Because of this we get really really excited about new tools that will reduce the amount of time it takes to do something. Like REALLY excited.
We recently picked up a ring stretcher/reducer and it has definitely lived up to the hype. It’s not the most inexpensive tool, however if you factor in the time you save, it’ll start paying for itself pretty quickly.
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Working with the Ring Resizer is pretty intuitive, however here are some tips to help you get up to speed.
-This tool only works with plain bands, such as wedding bands with no gemstones
-Always anneal your piece before stretching/reducing! You’ll want to fire coat your piece to protect the finish: brush on flux and heat the piece with a low soft flame until it starts to anneal or glow slightly red. Quench and pickle to remove the boric acid coating
-Don’t stretch or reduce too quickly – you may crack the metal
-always anneal between sessions
For reducing:
-place the ring in the circle that’s just slightly too small – the ring should sit slightly above. Push on the arm to squish it down, turn over the ring and repeat the process
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For enlarging
-Layering a piece of paper on the inside of the band prior to putting it on the enlarging mandrel helps to reduce the stretching marks on the inside of the ring. Saves you time during clean up.

Student Spotlight: Lotanna Amina Egwuatu of Mina Stones

LJS: What’s your background? How did you get into jewelry making, and when?

LAE:  I am Nigerian. Born and raised in the Northern parts of Nigeria. I have a Bachelors in Engineering from Nigeria and Master in Business and Innovation from Lancaster, UK and a Diploma in Gemstones from GIA. It has always been about the gemstones for me. They inspire me to create. I started collecting stones at a very young age and only started creating pieces with them in university/ college.

LJS: Describe your process, from inspiration to final product. Do you draw a design first or do you just start creating? Is it different everytime?

LAE:  Inspiration for me comes mainly from gemstones. I am also inspired by where I come from and nature

LJS: Do you ever hit creative road blocks? How do you remedy that?

LAE:  Yes I do. I just take short trips if I can or visit my favorite nature tumblr blogs.

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

LAE:  It has to be the clustered pendant neck-pieces,

LJS: What class(es) have you taken at Liloveve?

LAE:  The Gold Workshop

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

LAE:  I don’t know too many designers but I recently saw Hampley Design online. I would work with them because they have unique style and a similar inspiration to mine.

LJS: Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

LAE: I have exhibited in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Washington DC. I plan to do more shows locally and internationally. They will be listed on my blog – myminastones.blogspot.com. I currently sell online at http://www.myminastones.com

LJS: Have you been featured in any press?

http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/gemstone-expo-slated-for-abuja/113440.html http://nannewsnigeria.com/jewellery-dealer-calls-establishment-gemstone-laboratory

Website:  http://www.myminastones.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myminastones 

https://twitter.com/minastones

https://www.instagram.com/mina_stones/ myminastones.blogspot.com

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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.

 

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!