METALSMITH SOCIETY BLOG

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO MAKE YOUR OWN AMERICAN MINED TURQUOISE RING FROM RIO GRANDE

Posted by Corkie Bolton on

Whether you are a beginner or have been creating jewelry for awhile, a bezel set ring is a wonderful project that will allow you to practice a variety of skill sets. I've put this tutorial together to walk you through creating this ring which features a gorgeous American Mined™ BlueBird Turquoise from Rio Grande. This particular project also incorporates gallery wire instead of traditional bezel wire and decorative wire for the ring shank. So before we get started these are the materials you will need for this project, and there are also recommended tools linked throughout the article! Materials American Mined™ BlueBird Turquoise™ 10...

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METALSMITH SOCIETY'S GUIDE TO ORDERING METAL FOR JEWELRY MAKING

Posted by Corkie Bolton on

When it comes to ordering metal for jewelry making all the different options can often become overwhelming. So I partnered with Rio Grande to provide a guide with some helpful tips and considerations for confidently buying materials for your next project!  SHEET METAL Here are some tips for purchasing silver SHEET METAL from Rio Grande. All the choices can be overwhelming, so I thought I’d break down what some of the options are and how they differ. The most common is sterling silver (.925) It is stronger than fine silver, more prone to fire scale and tarnishes more easily. The...

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PEPETOOLS ROLLING MILL MINI SERIES

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Here is a recap of the @pepetools_usa Rolling Mill Mini Series! When I received this mill I hadn't used one regularly since college (2004- 2007), so I thought I should do a deep dive into all the benefits and uses.  Intro to the rolling mill This first post was about the proper securing and care of my @pepetools_usa 130MM Single Combo Rolling Mill #189.20A    You must bolt your rolling mill to a secure surface! You want to bolt at least one hole on each side! I placed my mill at the end of a sturdy table, marked with a pencil where I...

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HOW TO FEEL CONFIDENT YOU ARE SAFELY USING YOUR JEWELERS TORCH

Posted by Corkie Bolton In Collaboration With Creative Side Jewelry on

Something I constantly hear amongst beginners, students and people within our Instagram community is that they are nervous to operate and store a jewelers torch (especially at home.) So here are some tips and considerations to help empower you to feel comfortable. Huge thank you to our friends at Creative Side Jewelry for collaborating with me on this article! 1:  Soapy Water Test One of the biggest concerns is a leak so one way you can feel confident you don't have one is to make sure to check the connection where the regulator screws on to the tank every time you...

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WHY I SWITCHED MY E-COMMERCE FROM SQUARESPACE TO SHOPIFY

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I have to start this article by stating that I am not a tech reviewer, nor am I even particularly tech savvy. If you are looking for the perfect, technical juxtaposition between Squarespace and Shopify this will probably disappoint. My goal is to simply explain my reasons for switching from Squarespace to Shopify for my business Corkie Bolton Jewelry. When I started Metalsmith Society and decided to launch a website I started researching Shopify. Many experienced peers in jewelry industry had told me to switch, which got my attention. I had been using Squarespace for my jewelry for years and...

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