METALSMITH SOCIETY BLOG

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

Posted by Corkie Bolton on

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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WHAT TOOLS TO BUY TO GET STARTED MAKING JEWELRY

Posted by Corkie Bolton on

WHAT TOOLS TO BUY TO GET STARTED MAKING JEWELRY Since Metalsmith Society's creation in early 2018 I have received regular messages from aspiring jewelers who want to know what tools they need to buy to get started. This is a challenging question to answer if I overthink it, so I won't! I will merely make some recommendations to help get your bench set up and hopefully it will help since there are an overwhelming amount of tools out there! These are just suggestions and for every tool I recommend another ten could also be appropriate. All jewelers acquire their tools...

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TOP NINE JEWELRY MAKING TIPS OF 2018

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AS THE NEW YEAR APPROACHES I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN TO RECAP THE TOP NINE POSTS OF 2018 ON METALSMITH SOCIETY! 1. FLUSH SETTING TIP FROM @LUCYWALKERJEWELLERY View this post on Instagram Here is some fantastic advice regarding flush setting (this month’s #metalsmithchallenge just sayin 😏) from @lucywalkerjewellery - “Flush setting 101: IF YOU NEED GLASSES WEAR THEM – if you can’t see what you’re doing, you are most likely going to suck. Drill a hole Use a ball bur (or several) to open the hole to ¾ the size of the stone. Next use a bud bur to open...

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TIPS FOR ATTENDING THE TUCSON GEM SHOW

Posted by Corkie Bolton on

It's funny how many of my blog articles start with a disclaimer, but I've never personally attended the Tucson Gem Show (#goals). I credit this entire article to members of the Metalsmith Society community who reached out to share their experiences! PLANNING AHEAD What people call the Tucson Gem show is actually more than 45 different Gem, Mineral, and Fossil shows The best online resource for all the shows is https://xpopress.com/ These are each run by different businesses, and are in different locations, although many are adjacent to each other. An individual show might have hundreds or possibly thousands of vendors,...

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