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Arizona Artist Series: Crystal Cleveland - Skye Silver Q & A

Sterling Silver Rings with Turquoise and Onyx Cabochons


How did you get into metalsmithing?


I’ve been into collecting jewelry since high school, when I inherited a bit of my grandmas native turquoise jewelry collection. Then after collecting and searching for stuff that I like or that fits for years, I just decided I wanted to try to make things that I couldn’t find and things that fit me. I have a couple good friends who are also into metalsmithing, lapidary and collecting that also really helped me get into silversmithing. I took the 8 week jewelry 1 class at the Harold Studio and really took off from there!


Sterling silver rings with Turquoise and Silver Accents



What inspires you?

Everything! I live for 40s/50s Fred Harvey era silver. Turquoise! The desert! Stones! Stones, probably more than anything, they really make every piece so special.


Sterling silver Rings with Turquoise and Moonstone Cabochons


What is your design process?

I don’t know if I really have a process really. I doodle designs a lot, but my drawing is terrible. I usually just lay out some stones and it really just comes to me from there. Ill start moving elements around on my bench, playing around until a design is laid out. I do a lot of the designing at my home and then head to the Harold Studio to finish up the pieces.


Cabochon Bolo Ties


What is your favorite tool and why?

 My favorite tool is the polisher. Polishing, patina and cleaning up pieces and getting to the final step makes me really happy.

Various Jewelry Components and Tools


What is on your bench right now?

I probably have 10 or so ideas on my bench right now. A lot of rings, a couple bolo ties. I’m thinking about attempting my first bracelet!

Sterling Silver Hoops with Turquoise and White Buffalo Cabochons


Where can we find your work?

Instagram- @SkyeSilversmithing
Etsy- https://www.etsy.com/shop/SkyeSilversmithing


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Arizona Artist Series: Stefanie Dicker of Bezel and Brass Q & A

Sterling Silver Botswana Necklace

How did you get into metalsmithing?

Years ago, my grandma gave me her wedding ring and told me that I could reset the stones, if I wanted to do so. I felt that the best way to honor her, would be to learn how to reset the stones myself. Ironically, I no longer want to reset the stones. I cherish the memories that I have of her wearing that ring. I want to preserve the ring and the memories.

Sterling Silver and Brass Geometrical Earrings

What inspires you?

I'm very inspired by other cultures. Specifically, Native American and Hispanic cultures. I love the story, the spirit, the richness and the detail.



Bezel and Brass Silver Hoops with Brass Dangles

What is your design process?

 I tend to be a more methodical person, so, I'm not one to "wing it".  I almost always have a plan before I start working on a piece. Usually, I end up deviating or modifying somewhere along the way. That's the part of the process that I have a tricky relationship with. I don't like uncertainty, although, uncertainty can be our best teacher.

Bezel and Brass Silver Jasper Ring

What is your favorite tool and why?

 My favorite tool changes, depending on the pieces that I'm working on. Consistently, though, I love my rotary tool. The finishing process is cathartic for me.


Bezel and Brass Work Bench with various tools


What is on your bench right now?

I'm finishing up some chrysoprase earrings and starting a collection for a salon in Minnesota.

Bezel and Brass Silver Varasite Ring




Where can we find your work?
-Local Nomad on Camelback and Central, localnomadshop.com
-late spring/early summer at Mérite House of Beauty in Minnetonka, MN
-Etsy, bezelandbrass.etsy.com


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Upcoming Classes

We have some great classes scheduled to start in the next couple weeks!  Click on the class to register or for more information.

Also, the studio will be closed this Wednesday, January 21 and will be open on Thursday from 12-3pm.



Make jewelry in spinner ring jewelry class
Spinner Ring - Saturday January 17th 1-4pm

Learn to cabochon, tube, and flush setting
Stone Setting - Tuesday 6-9pm - Begins January 20th
Learn to solder, saw, pierce, rivet, texture, patina, and set stones
Jewelry 1 - Friday's 12-3pm - Begins January 23rd
Learn the jewelry enamel technique of Cloisonne
Cloisonne - Saturday and Sunday January 24 and 25,  9-5pm









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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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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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Geometry, Clean Lines, Modern, and Industrial Equate to Some Cool Jewelry

It has been another beautiful week in the studio!  Of course, when you are surrounded by fun people, amazing jewelry, and doing what you love how can it not be great!!  I am attaching a link to a cool exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum.  It is a collection of pins that were worn by Madeleine Albright.  It runs through April 20 and admission is free on Wednesday afternoon/evening. 


Here is this weeks collection of jewelry!  I love seeing all the different designs that students come up with after taking Jewelry 1 and 2.



Copper textured earrings made in Jewelry 1.

Super fun copper cuff bracelet made by Danielle, one of our key renters.

Danielle modeling her cuff.

Love this pendant made by a Jewelry 1 student by soldering and stamping!

Keum-boo pendant.  Love the geometrical shapes!


Beautiful Keum-boo earrings made by Lynn, one of our part-time studio renters.  

Nellie did a great job on her pebble ring in Jewelry 1.

Great set of jewelry made by Ann.  These pieces have clean lines and are super cool!

Super funky bracelet made by Wenda in open studio.  Love the industrial look.

Diana from Jewelry 1 brought in another horse bridle that she attached a turquoise cabochon to.

Diana did a great job on her pebble ring!

Love this leather, copper, and silver riveted bracelet made by Stacy!
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With the start of the New Year came the start of a new round of Jewelry I, II, and III classes!  Here are some great projects from this past week!

Jewelry I:  We are in week three of class and have learned sawing, piercing, riveting, textures, and patinas.  Below are some great projects made by combining some of the skills they have learned.  It is hard to believe they have only been making jewelry for a few weeks!
Fabulous pendant made by Kylie in Jewelry I using texturing, patinas and riveting!

Awesome earrings made by Emily in Jewelry 1using textures, patinas, and riveting!
Love this birdcage made by Tricia in Jewelry 1 using texturing, stamping, and riveting!
 Jewelry II:  Students in Jewelry II have been learning techniques to merge metals including lamination and solder inlay.  Below is a project demonstrating this technique.

Super fun key chain made by a student in Jewelry II using solder inlay to combine sliver and copper!

Other happenings with Harold Studio!  We have completed the new work stations in the back!  They are covered with pictures of lots of the jewelry made here in the studio.  Come on by and see if you can spot one of your pieces you made!

New work stations!

New work stations!


Great idea for a locket!  This was made by Lynn one of our part-time renters!
Deb made these great earrings by stamping and soldering!  Can't you just picture them dangling from your ears?
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