New Year's is coming. It's time for resolutions! I'm working on making a fancy new website for my wholesale collections. Part of that is blogging.
I've migrated my old blog here:
I'm working on a heart charm and pyramid bangle... Pointy!
Melting Down a Client's Ring to Repurpose into Wedding Rings
I sawed the ring into small pieces so it will melt easier.
I made a rough mold of wire in sand and poured in the liquid gold to get a rough wire.
My rolling mill. I begin making the wire smooth and thinner to get the right size wire to fabricate the new rings.
Eventually, the wire is too small for my rolling mill. I have to pull the wire through successively smaller holes in a steel drawplate to get it small enough to make the new rings.
I finished my CAD class, part two, last week. It was pretty intense, but I've learned a lot and can make plenty of great designs now. I plan to keep my CAD-produced line separate from my hand-fabricated line. My CAD line is called Emily Wiser Jewelry Modern. Here's a picture of some of our CAD homework. The software we're using is 3Design.
Melting 14k Gold for a Ring
Melting Silver Granules
Soldering a Bezel Tutorial
Diamond Grading at the Gemological Institute of America
View from my lab bench at the GIA.
Last week I traveled to Carlsbad, California to take a week-long diamond grading laboratory at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). GIA is the leading diamond grading lab in the world, and their headquarters are in Carlsbad.
I graded diamonds all week long, and I definitely have a better appreciation for diamonds' rarity, value, and beauty. I also learned about colored diamonds, including fancy black and fancy white diamonds.
Fancy white diamonds are gorgeous. They look like ice with a little opalescent shimmer to it. I'm absolutely fascinated with them.
I've finally designed a symbol for my studio, called a "maker's mark." Makers' marks are symbols stamped on jewelry handmade by a specific studio. Makers' marks have a rich history, stretching as far back as the Middle Ages.
My mark is inspired by an ocean wave, a crescent moon, the lotus form, and my initials EW.
There’s nothing like art to inspire. Last month, I toured the Art Institute of Chicago and found tons of inspiration by looking at the shapes, colors, and forms of sculpture, architecture, prints, and (of course) jewelry.
I love the pattern of swirls on the stonework outside the museum. It’s a perfect texture for wide metal bangles.
I love the repetition of motif in these animal figurines and the character their rough forms convey – inspiration for creating ancient looking jewelry.