How to Photograph Your Jewelry: Beyond the Basics

How to Photograph Your Jewelry: Beyond the Basics

Capture your jewelry in its best light!
Move your jewelry photography skills beyond the basics

Join Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist photographer Jim Lawson as he takes your photography to the next level! Build off your basic skills and go beyond with detailed info to help make your photos a true success.

Explore the techniques you need to capture expert images in-depth. From lighting and camera set up, to software and editing techniques, begin taking quality images of your jewelry designs at home.

Build your jewelry photography skills as you:

Learn advanced techniques for directing, diffusing, and reflecting your lighting for maximum rendition.
Play with backgrounds using color and gradation and explore in depth how these effects give your photos different looks and feels.
See tricks for photographing finicky earrings, both hanging free and lying flat.
Get expert tips for staging bracelets, cuffs, necklaces, and rings.
Take full advantage of your editing software with expert tips and tricks for truly dynamic images.
And much more!
Enhance your images for increased success in your jewelry business! No matter what skill level you are, this photography workshop has techniques every professional can use. Grab your camera and start taking your images to the next level!

How to Photograph Your Jewelry: Beyond the Basics

Wirework with DVD An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Wire Wrapping

Wirework with DVD An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Wire Wrapping

Intermediate jewelry artists seeking new design possibilities can learn step-by-step instructions on how to wire-wrap using faceted stones, how to create pendants with any size or shape or faceted stone, how to use several methods of working with and setting faceted stones, plus mixing wire gauges and tempers to create stable and creative pieces. All the basic techniques being used are also demonstrated on the included DVD, giving you a solid base for creating the projects in this book.

In Wirework with DVD, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong showcases her classic jewelry style and shows how to create beautiful custom bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and rings in 18 projects. You’ll learn:

  • how to work with half-hard wire; when to use other tempers and why
  • Dale’s favorite tools and proper tool usage
  • using geometry in wire-jewelry functions; making the “right” right angles; shaping with and without mandrels; using “found” items for shaping; when and how to use snap-set components; choosing the right cabochons and gemstones

Wirework with DVD will challenge artists to be creative, think outside the box, and transform jewelry into their own style.

Wirework with DVD An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Wire Wrapping

Simple Soldering eBook + Digital Download Bundle: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry

Simple Soldering eBook + Digital Download Bundle: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry

Simple Soldering eBook + Digital Download Bundle: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry
You’ve got no excuse to skip soldering! Download this ultimate resource eBook from author and teacher Kate Richbourg.

Metalworking is generally regarded as a skill that takes years of dedication, requires a large studio space, and costs a lot of money. Fortunately, Simple Soldering eBook proves that does not need to be the case. This handy digital download eBook explores of the craft of creating soldered metal jewelry, including tools, techniques, and 20 beautiful projects that beginners and enthusiasts can make at home. Plus, now you can skip the wait time and shipping fees!

Author and teacher Kate Richbourg demystifies basic soldering for any home crafter, showing how to create sophisticated, polished, and professional-looking jewelry pieces through simple soldering techniques. First, she instructs how to set up a jewelry workspace that fits the confines of your budget and living space. Detailed step-by-step instructions walk you through the basic tools and materials you need, plus how to use them. A sample chapter gives a host of introductory exercises that teach solid skills, allowing you to test these techniques on a small scale. Finally, you’ll discover 20 finished projects that include earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, and clasps that may also include bead or wire embellishment.

Kate also demonstrates how to combine and layer techniques. She also examines common mistakes, shows how to correct or adapt them, and gives advice on when it’s time to start over. Most of all, having taught thousands of classes on soldering, Kate has a “you can do it!” attitude that shines through to help even the most reluctant jewelry maker fire up the torch with ease.

Paired with an instructional video download, Kate’s expert teaching skills will help projects come alive, right in your own studio.

With the Simple Soldering eBook + video download, the art of metal working one-of-a-kind jewelry is now at your fingertips and with you wherever you go.

Simple Soldering eBook + Digital Download Bundle: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry

Introduction

Chapter 1: Getting Started
-Setting Up a Workspace
Chapter 2: Materials
Chapter 3: Tools
Chapter 4: Soldering and Fabrication Skills
-Cutting Metal
-Soldering Metal
-Finishing and Polishing Metal
Chapter 5: Creating Your Sampler
Chapter 6: Projects

Appendix
Glossary of Essential Beading and Wire-wrapping Techniques
Helpful Measurements
Glossary of Soldering Terms

Kate Ferrant Richbourg is the former Director of Education for Beaducation and has led classes and workshops around the world and online. She has more than 16 years of experience teaching jewelry techniques, including beading, wirework, and metalsmithing. Simple Soldering is her first book. Kate lives in California.

Simple Soldering eBook + Digital Download Bundle: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry

General Metalsmithing Deluxe Collection

General Metalsmithing Deluxe Collection
Boost your metalsmithing when you add excellent resources and a must-have hammer set to your studio.

Make metal jewelry with this must-have deluxe collection!

Want to make jewelry, but don’t know where to start? This deluxe collection of metalsmithing resources is your answer! You will be a metalsmithing pro in no time with the hours of expert instruction included in this collection. Whether you are a brand-new metalsmith or you are looking to perfect your technique, there is something for everyone!

Bonus: This collection includes a seven-piece hammer set so you can start forming, riveting, and texturing!

You won’t want to miss out on this deluxe collection of metalsmithing must-haves featuring an essential resource book, 2 eBooks, 3 DVDs, and 7 piece hammer set for ONLY $159.00!

Hurry; there are only 50 collections available! General Metalsmithing Deluxe Collection

See what’s inside this must-have metalsmithing collection:

The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques
By Anastasia Young
Hardcover

This is the go-to guide and essential look-it-up resource for both student and professional jewelers of all skill levels and interests. Designer and jeweler Anastasia Young has packed all the essential information you need into one amazing volume, including traditional metalsmithing skills and working with alternative materials.

Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication
with Helen I. Driggs
DVD

Join artist and experienced metalsmith Helen Driggs in 9 watch-and-learn lessons as she shows you step-by-step how to fabricate metal jewelry pieces. Boost your jewelry-making skills with these essential techniques for getting started with metal, including how-tos in sawing, filing, hammering, forging, and much more!

Metalsmith Essentials: Artisan Bails
with Lexi Erickson
DVD

Join Lexi Erickson in this jewelry-making DVD that explores how to make a pendant necklace with perfectly balanced bails. Learn the fundamental considerations for creating functional and beautiful pendant bails for every type of necklace design including chain, cord, bead, and fiber. Go in depth and step-by-step through every process from design to finishing!

Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Jewelry Fold Forming
with Travis Ogden
DVD

Join metalsmith and jewelry artist Travis Ogden in 11 watch-and-learn lessons to expand your metalsmithing knowledge with this jewelry workshop DVD for all things fold forming! Create organic and interesting 3D formed metal shapes from flat metal sheet using simple tools as you master the fold forming technique.

10 Basic Metalsmithing Projects:
The Best of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Project Compilation eBook

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist presents their 10 favorite basic metalsmithing jewelry projects. Create an exciting new wardrobe of silver and stone jewelry while you master the basics of metalsmithing. Boost your jewelry making skills with step-by-step instruction that will open a world of metalsmithing possibilities.

Jewelry Making Tools, Tips, and More, Volume 2
“Cool Tools and Hip Tips” Compilation eBook

Join Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine senior editor Helen I. Driggs for this new compilation eBook featuring two more years of “Cool Tools and Hip Tips.” Explore all of the different facets of metalsmithing with information on maintaining your tools, perfecting basic jewelry making techniques, and making your own steel tools.

Mini TruStrike 7 Piece Hammer Set with Stand
Tools

Add a complete collection of hammers to your studio and keep them all organized in the included wooden stand. This hammer set includes: a wide raising hammer, narrow raising hammer, designer hammer, sharp designer hammer, two embossing hammers, and a planishing hammer.

Want to make jewelry, but don’t know where to start? This deluxe collection of metalsmithing resources is your answer! You will be a metalsmithing pro in no time with the hours of expert instruction included in this collection. Whether you are a brand-new metalsmith or you are looking to perfect your technique, there is something for everyone!

Bonus: This collection includes a seven-piece hammer set so you can start forming, riveting, and texturing!

General Metalsmithing Deluxe Collection

Cheap Tricks – Tips for finding and making chasing tools By Charles Lewton-Brain

Tips for finding and making chasing tools

By Charles Lewton-Brain

In a previous article, I talked about burnishers and their importance at the goldsmith’s bench. One burnishing tool I didn’t discuss was the simple chasing tool. Every chasing tool can be used as a steel burnisher, and all the different face shapes make for a bevy of options, though curved, rounded surfaces work best.

So how do you obtain useful chasing tools? The most obvious way would be to buy a set of commercial chasing tools. Although they are generally not very functional as supplied, they can be improved by beveling all the sharp corners on the shafts and rounding off the faces so they can’t tear and rip into the metal on which they are used. The going price this year seems to be about $6 to $9 per tool.

Nice old tools are getting harder to find and, when found, are more expensive than in the past. There are still occasional caches of antique chasing tools to be found—at auctions in larger cities as the remnants of old factories are liquidated. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on antique tools, you’ll want to grind back any mushrooming that has occurred at the back end before using them. Goldsmiths have been blinded by mushroomed-over metal shrapnel flying off the end of a tool when struck with a hammer.

If you’d like to create your own set, there are a number of odd sources for tools that can be used as chasing punches.

• Concrete nails are very hard, allowing the nail head to be easily ground, sanded, and polished to make reasonable chasing tool faces, rounded forming tools, planishing tools, and other types of useful tools. Heat and air cool the back end of the tool to avoid any dangerous brittle spots.

• Some jewelers make punches and stamps from valve stems and other kinds of hard steel. I once had access to broken fencing foils and made some great chasing tools from them. The foils were made of air-hardening steel, and simply letting them cool after heating and forging hardened them up beautifully.

• Door hinge pins with round terminals can serve as medium size dapping tools. If a more oval shape is needed, they are easy to regrind and polish.

• Carriage bolts, with their large, rounded low-domed ends, can be polished as punches. Since the bolts come with the shaft fully or partially threaded, it is a good idea to smooth off the threading on both types. I usually forge the bolts square with a heavy hammer, making them more comfortable to use.

• One of the most useful tools for forming metal while chasing is a rounded oval shape. Because it requires good hot forging skills, this tool is normally difficult to make by hand. However, carriage bolts can be quickly ground and shaped into an oval.

• Staking sets are sets of round stock punched used in a special jig to install and remove gears and parts in mechanical watches. Considered obsolete by jewelers and others, these sets of 70 to 150 tools can be found on eBay for about $30. (If you bought an equivalent set of “real” chasing tools on eBay, it would likely cost you more than $300.) A number of them have rounded ends like pearl punches, and the rest can be reshaped or carved with separating dies to become chasing tools and punches.

• Available in hardware and sheel metal stores, transfer punch sets contain approximately 30 hardened round steel rods in graduated sizes. Sets can cost as little as $7—a bargain for so many steel punches. The steel is good and the ends of the rods can be shaped and rounded. Heat the back end of the rod to anneal it.

• Screwdriver sets from China are remarkably cheap, as low as $8 for up to 24 screwdrivers. Cut them up and you have a pile of tools. The slot head kind make great lining tools and tracers after minimal grinding and polishing.

• Nail sets used for pushing finishing nails into wood so they can be covered up with putty are great for jewelers. You can find them at your local dollar store. The punches have concave round ends that make circular marks in metal. However, if you grind off one-third of the end, they become curved lining tools that are ideal for making fish scales or snakeskin textures.

Source: Cheap Tricks | Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America