silver cast findings for jewelry making

silver cast findings for jewelry making
Cast Findings

Jewelry classes in phoenix az

Jewelry classes in phoenix az
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Jewelry Tools for the Intermediate to Advanced Metal Jewelry Artist. Harold Studio of Phoenix Has Some Recommendations.

You were excited to see that at least a few of your projects finished in your introductory level jewelry class was successful, now you’re ready to expand what you learned. Here are some tools that will help you add interesting and fun details to your work.

Center Punch – is a simple tool used to do as its name implies – it ‘punches’ or makes an indention in metal. This makes it easier for your drill to stay centered when making a hole in the metal. Since it stabilizes the drill, you’re less likely to damage the metal as you drill. Drilled holes can be a design element in and of themselves. However, they’re often utilized as a connection point for other jewelry parts – like a bail on a necklace, for example.
center punch tool

Rolling Mill – A rolling mill serves multiple purposes. It can flatten/thin out sheet metal and wire. It can also be used to apply texture and designs to your piece. Durston is one of the most respected manufacturers of rolling mills on the market. No matter which brand of rolling mill you purchase, be sure to purchase one made of high-quality hardened steel—this ensures that the mill can not only make quality, even forms but will also work for a long duration that’s worth the investment.
Rolling Mill and Hydraulic Press on work bench
Metal Stamps
Metal stamps make a lasting impression - literally!  They do take practice and finesse to get a nice even design. There are hundreds of stamp patterns, symbols, and design elements you can add to your jewelry creations. A tip - If you hit your stamp multiple times in the same spot, it may result in distorted or double images on the metal.
moon stamp, 2 circle design stamp, ohm stamp

Casting Molds
Making jewelry with a mold is a method used to insure that your jewelry ideas can be accurately recreated again whenever you’d like in the future. Your original mold can be as simple as a ring with no stone, or embellishments or as elaborate as an intricately detailed statement necklace.

If you’ve not yet tried your hand at these tools, Harold Studio in Phoenix offers classes and the option to rent studio time where you’ll be able to practice with metal stamps, center punches, and a rolling mill. While casting classes aren’t currently available, there is a purchase option to have your design cast molded. Learn more about the studio here.

6 Tips to Create a Fair Contract (for Yourself & Your Client) When Taking a Jewelry Production Order

Saguaro earrings, twig shapes, polishing wheels
You were asked to use your jewelry metalsmith skills to make something for someone else’s product line.  It’s exciting!  Such opportunities are a good way to make some regular money for a period of time, get your name out there in a new way and work in collaboration with designers, or entrepreneurs.

However, it’s your first offer of this kind, it can also be a bit overwhelming – especially if you haven’t created anything like the particular design requested of you. You want to be fair to your client, and yourself in regards to your time and the cost of materials. What does that look like?
A contract agreement of some kind? 
Turquoise. notepad, wire, jewelry bench, necklaces and earrings

Here are some essential details Harold Studio recommends considering and including in a contract before you agree to take on the work.

1.     Arrange for a beta production period where you are paid to design and create from their specs a sample of prototypes for approval. This way, you know how long a certain piece takes to make and can also better estimate necessary details. Especially, if you’ve never created this kind of jewelry piece/design before.

2.     Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to have a solid time frame for completing deliverables for a certain number of pieces and can list a solid completion date/time frame to include in the contract.

3.     Once you know your time frame, your production fee (how much you pay yourself hourly) along with the cost of materials can be determined.

4.     Include a non-disclosure clause in your contract. This won’t necessarily guarantee that the pieces you create are fully protected from copycats, but it provides a certain amount of legal protection that sets your expectations if you plan to include 3rd parties in the production process.

5.     Cover your time and expenses, if there are requests for changes of materials, or style applied for another round of prototypes.  Note in the contract that there will be fees incurred for edits, changes to the piece. Be sure to include fees for not just your time and material, but also for any work required by 3rd party service (engraving, for example).

6.     If this piece you’re producing is going to be sold on a continual basis, determine a percentage of your share of each sold piece.  You may need to consider a lower percentage at first, until the salability of a piece is proven and include a clause that says, ‘Upon a certain number, (200, for example) of charms, bracelets, etc. sold in a 4- month time frame, the contract can be revisited for consideration to raise my percentage share of each sale.’

We hope these tips help to put you at ease and feel more confident about taking on production work in the future.  If you need specific tools and workspace to fulfill a production order, Harold Studio offers rental options based on your experience and budget. Learn more here.

Studio with work benches, tools, a polisher and supplies


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.