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5 Useful Tips for Jewelry Artists – Because Creative Blocks Happen.


The front door of Harold Studio



After weeks of productivity and finishing jewelry pieces that make you proud, your river of creative ideas seems to freeze over. You look at your stones, stamped designs and metal patina samples in hope that they may somehow trigger a spark of an idea, or magically convey a concept because you’re making intense eye contact with them. Yet, still nothing comes to mind.

Not to worry! The following are just some ways that can help you get your creative mojo back:

Schedule time for you and Inspiration to meet.
Don’t panic. This won’t necessarily take more time from your packed schedule. You can get inspiration while on a morning walk/run/jog in nature, listening to your playlist of favorite tunes, doodling or sketching, and going to your local art museum or gallery with a friend. Inspiration is happiest to meet you when you are  in relaxed, fun situations.



A student's jewelry bench with tools and metals




Socialize/network with other jewelry designers.
This has a few different benefits to socializing with other designers. One is simply feeling a mutual kinship over the minor tragedies of bezel wire melted and the triumph of successfully finishing a challenging project. Another benefit is sharing tips that could help each other in your designs and being open to receiving constructive criticism so you can improve upon your skills.
Keep sane when working with clients. Allow time for good ideas to develop.
While it’s exciting to have client orders, be sure to allow yourself some time between the initial order and the completion deadline. Why? Working under a time crunch typically creates stress that’s not conducive to creative thinking, risk-taking and solutions.
Make time for daydreaming, and or, meditation
If you must schedule this, please do. Allowing your mind to wonder in the form of daydreaming, or during meditation is how you can access the subconscious. This can be a good time for creative ideas to flow -  when the mind stops pondering your problems.

cabochon stones and jewelry tools: stamps,  steal block, hammer and lace for texture


Try new things and processes!
This could be something as simple as a slight change of schedule. Maybe you work on your project in a different space. Or, maybe you play with mixing other materials you’ve never used before – fabric, or texture, for example.

Are you feeling more hopeful yet? Try one, a few or all of these tips and you’ll soon be in your creative flow again. You can try one of these tips when you take a Harold Studio jewelry class. It’s a great way to meet other jewelry designers! Learn more here.

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Here are a couple charts to use!

chart to use to determine size of band
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compare metal gauge to inches and mm

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Ho Ho Ho

The Christmas Party was a great success!  Fun was had by all and we really appreciate all of your support!  We will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, December 24 - Thursday, January 1.  We will reopen on Friday, January 2.  We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We have lots of classes starting in January.  Take a look:

Jewelry 1:  Mondays 6-9pm, starts January 5
Jewelry 2:  Tuesdays 6-9pm, starts January 6
Jewelry 3:  Wednesdays 6-9pm, starts January 7
Treasure Box:  Sundays 12-3, starts January 11
Stone Setting:  Tuesdays 6-9pm, starts January 20
Cloisonne:  Saturday and Sunday, January 24-25, 9-5
Filigree:  Saturday and Sunday, January 31- February 1, 10-3
Wire Wrap Bracelet:  Tuesday, January 6, 6-9pm
Wire and Sheet Making:  Saturday, January 10th, 1-3
Finishing:  Saturday, January 10th, 3-4:30
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New Treasure Box Classes Starting

The last treasure box class was such a hit that we have added 2 classes to the calendar.  The class is 4 weeks and you will be given the materials at the first class.  You will then design and create a piece of jewelry using the materials we give you.  The class is tons of fun and we keep you guessing about what the materials will be until the start of the class.  Each class uses different materials so if you taken it before this class will be totally different!  Here are a couple of pictures of projects completed in the last treasure box class!

You can sign up for the class here:
http://haroldstudio.com/collections/x-classes/products/treasure-box-4-week-class


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Lots of Jewelry

Some of the great jewelry made at Harold Studio this week.

Wide silver band with texture and patina and narrow silver bands on top
Textured Silver Spinner Rings

Brass and copper pierced and sawed then riveted together with silver wire.
Riveted, pierced pendant in copper and brass.

Brass and copper textured heart with silver wire rivet
Copper and brass riveted, textured heart pendant.

Sterling silver with copper enamel discs cabochon set to make earrings.
Enameled silver earrings.

Harold Studio jewelry display table at the Grand Avenue Festival
Our table at the Grand Ave. Art Festival.

Harold Studio jewelry display table at the Grand Avenue Fall Festival
Lynn, Rebekah, and Valerie working our table.
Square silver wire formed into a circle and tube set
Silver tube set pendant.

Sterling silver balled and soldered to form a ring
Silver bubble ring.

Vintage buttons with silver wires
Vintage button earrings.

Rectangular silver ball ring
Silver ball ring.

sterling silver ring made with silver balls
Silver Ball ring.

brass wire with copper flowers, silver  and orange beads
Brass and copper necklace made in the treasure box class.





Sterling silver rings soldered with purple tube set stones
Silver tube set cuff.

Studio dog
Silly Cody!

Boxes formed with copper and beads riveted in boxes.
Copper box and bead settings.


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Supercalafragalistic Jewelry at Harold Studio

Happy Friday to all our friends!

It has been a super week at the studio!  Classes are keeping busy and creating lots of wonderful jewelry.  

Reminders:

Please remember to wear close toed shoes and to keep your hair pulled back.  I know the temperatures are warming up and it is tempting to put on your favorite flip flops but your feet will not be happy with you if they get cut or burned by a piece of metal.  If you come in with open toed shoes you will not be allowed to work in the studio.  (I know, we are mean, but really we just care about you!)  :)

We will be closed this Sunday for Easter.

Upcoming Classes:

Jewelry 1:
Beginning Friday, April 25 2-5pm
Beginning Sunday, May 18 12-3

Jewelry 2:
Beginning Thursday, April 24 12-3
Beginning Tuesday, May 20 6-9

Tip of the Week
When checking for a gas leak with the torch, you can use water and dish soap.  If you get bubbles, you got a leak.  Turn off tanks and check your hook ups.

Do you have questions for us?  We would love to hear them.  Post them in comments on this blog or on our Facebook page and we will answer them in next weeks blog post!

Have a great week!



Copper flower 3 layer pendant with texture and heat patina
Nina made this fun flower pendant in Jewelry 1 using heat patina, texturing, and rivets
Karen made this great flower pendant in Jewelry 1 using rivets.

Handmade arizona state copper magnet with a pine tree cutout and heart riveted to the top
Love this magnet made by Sara in Jewelry 1.  She did a fantastic job sawing this out and riveting.

Two disc earrings made from copper and silver using a tube rivet to connect and thread the earwires through.
These earrings were made by Stacy using tube rivets.  Love the movement they have.  So pretty hanging on the ears.

Copper turtle with brass textured shell attached by rivets
Sue made this super cute turtle using texture and rivets.

Arizona jasper and Agate cabochons that are partially done
Some beautiful cabs that Louis is in the process of making.  These are Arizona Jasper and Agate!

Brass keychain with sea love stamped on it and a whale tale sweat soldered in copper to the top
Sea Love Pendant made by Sue.  Love her love of the sea!

Sweat soldered brass fleur de lis to copper oval backing

Wide band copper ring with stamped texture and flared out ends
Melanie made this gorgeous copper ring in Graduate Studio!  I love her detail work.  

Jewelry 2 tube riveted works in progress
These tube riveted pendants were made by Steve, Ginger, and Janel in Jewelry 2.  They did a great job!
Jewelry making class for a girls night
Girl's Night!  These ladies had lots of fun on their girl's night at the studio.  They made beautiful Cabochon Rings  (shown below).


Finished cabochon rings made during a night out with the girls in phx


Jewelry 1 sweat soldering project making a dog bone and sweat soldering a heart to it
Abby made this cute dog bone pendant in Jewelry 1!  Cody approves this project!

Danielle made this fun geometric pendant in Jewelry 1.

Will did a great job of making this sun in Jewelry 1.

Cody is once again freely handing out kisses.  Ginger doesn't seem to mind!  

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Get out of the Heat and Make Jewelry

Happy Friday Everyone!  Hope your week was wonderful!  With the temperatures rising, I spent the week inside the nice, coo, comfy studio.  The orange room is taking shape with some new stools and exhaust fan.  Soon we will have a torch or two back there.  

The 3rd Annual Laveen Festival of FIne Arts will be taking place May 16-17, 2014 at South Mountain community College Laveen Center.  You can enter two pieces of art for $20.  For more information you can visit:  www.laveenartleague.org

Tip of the Week:  Use a mixture of alcohol and boric acid when soldering.  Alcohol and boric acid will prevent fire scale and will keep your metal clean so that your solder will flow better and there will be less clean up from oxidation during heating.  Just dip your metal into the mixture before you heat it up.  Repeat each time you solder.

Here is this weeks pictures.  Enjoy!



Laura made these super cool earrings and ring made out of shell casings.

Tuesday night's Jewelry 1 class created these fun pieces with texture and heat patina!



Lisa, Lorina, and Deb made these great tube riveted pieces in Jewelry 2.


Johanna and Danielle working hard to make the stools look fabulous!  Thanks Danielle for all your help!


I rarely post pictures of my own jewelry but I couldn't resist this week.  I made these earrings for my beautiful daughter.  She is going to prom on Saturday night.



Michelle and Danielle had some fun with their masks.



Cody says have a fun and safe weekend!

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Tip of the Week

Happy Friday!  Lot's happening this week at the studio.  We had new Jewelry 1, 2 and 3 classes start and lots of people in during open studio.  I love to see the studio buzzing with activity!  

We are getting ready to add a torch in the back room along with some stools for the benches.  We hope to have the back room ready to go in the next week or two!  

Don't forget to sign in to open studio.  You can find the blue glittery book on top of the water cooler.

Tip of the week:  Put a small scrap of leather in your toolbox.  Leather is great for setting your piece on so that it doesn't get scratched.  If you find your piece of jewelry is getting hot when filing or using the flex shaft, use a piece of leather to hold onto it.  You can also use a tiny piece under a cabochon stone if you find that your stone is too low or is uneven.  We would love to hear your tips.  Comment below with your tips!!!



Love the colors of these enameled pieces created by Vera, Lori and Maria in Jewelry 3!

Deb did a great job die forming these pendants!

Jewelry 1 had a rocking night getting their riveted pendants complete.  Love the shapes!  Great job Will, Danielle, Abby, Erin, and Miriam!

Danielle working hard to get some fabulous pieces created!  Glad to see she is practicing safe jewelry making with her mask!

Had a fun knot ring workshop!  Didn't their rings come out great!

Katie and Nina created these awesome earrings in their first Jewelry 1 class.
Sneak peak at some of Danielle's new pieces.  Love her use of color!  Stay tuned for the finished product.

Cody is super relaxed and says have a chill weekend!







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