METALSMITH SOCIETY BLOG

JEWELRY POLISHING TOOLS TO TREAT YOURSELF TO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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With the holidays upon us I wanted to take the opportunity to recap some of the awesome sanding and polishing products discussed during #tooltalktuesday on Instagram available from Rio Grande to add to your wishlist! You can drop the hint to a loved one in need of some stocking stuffers or treat yourself with some of that hard-earned holiday income! SUNSHINE CLOTH BUFFS Sunshine Cloth Buffs will help you achieve a mirror finish using your flexshaft! These inexpensive buffs (based off of the popular cloths) are impregnated with polishing compound so you use them as is! They give off very...

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METALSMITH SOCIETY VISITS THE WILD PINE

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Laura and I met on a sidewalk in downtown Dedham, MA and immediately hugged it out. She has a super friendly and open personality much like my own and I knew we would be fast friends. With my son Dean and her beautiful husky Minka in tow we made our way through the gorgeous Boston General Store and into the basement where her studio is located. As soon as we entered her space I felt somehow like I'd been transported to a cabin in the woods. Her studio compliments her jewelry collections perfectly, which are inspired by her outdoor adventures....

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HOW TO CREATE THE RIGHT SIZE BEZEL FOR YOUR STONE

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While there is no absolute formula or answer to what size bezel is needed (because there are so many uniquely cut stones) our friend Jessica (  @rosyrevolver ) put together this little step-by-step guide. It includes considerations and techniques which should help you determine the right height for your stone and assure a great fit! 1. Measure the thickness of the stone’s edge. (Digital calipers recommended). 2. Select a commercially available bezel wire with a width that is no more than one millimeter more than the height of your stone’s edge. If commercially unavailable, you can sand down your bezel...

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TOP TIPS FOR USING YOUR JEWELRY TUMBLER

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This month, I received a Lortone Tumbler from @seattlefindings (an awesome jewelry supply company, check them out! ) After having the opportunity to play with this awesome rotary tumbler, I wanted to share our community's top tips!  This is the Lortone 3A Rotary Tumbler. Prior to using my tumbler I prepped the barrel with flat Coca Cola. PRIOR TO USING YOUR TUMBLER, PREP IT WITH FLAT COCA COLA! If you purchase a tumbler with a rubber barrel, this tip can help prevent the rubber barrel from leaching rubber onto your pieces. Take flat Coca Cola and tumble with your steel...

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METALSMITH SOCIETY VISITS SINEAD CLEARY JEWELRY

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Metalsmith Society Visits Sinead Cleary Jewelry While on my recent vacation in New Hampshire I was able to meet Sinead Cleary and visit her lovely lakefront home where her studio is located. Sinead specializes in designs that are simplistic and incorporate gorgeous hand fabricated stone settings. In addition to working on her own collection she is the Jewelry Coordinator and a teacher at the Littleton Studio School. She is also a regular contributor of her techniques, experiences and recommendations within our Instagram community. We unfortunately forgot to take a selfie, but here is Sinead in her beautiful studio. All of...

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