creative process

Jewelry Fix: What to do if Your Sterling Silver is Turning Black, Grey, White!

By Erin L / October 4, 2015 / 61 Comments

Silver will naturally turn colours or ‘tarnish’ over time. But here’s how to clean is safely and easily.

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It’s DONE! Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 6: The Finishing

By Erin L / July 4, 2013 / 4 Comments

This is where the rubber meets the road in the jewelry-making process. Finishing can make or break a piece. With casting, if care is taken with the wax (ie. making sure the wax if very smooth, free of nicks and scratches, and nice and even) then your finished piece will be that much easier to…

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Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 5: Casting Part 2

By Erin L / July 3, 2013 / Comments Off on Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 5: Casting Part 2

So last night we made the moulds (see Part one of the casting blog for that).   Tonight we’re liquefying gold and turning it into rings. If we’ve done a good job at the spruing, investment, and kiln drying; this is the fun and easy part. First steps; prep the equipment. We’re using a centrifugal…

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Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 4: Casting Part 1

By Erin L / July 1, 2013 / Comments Off on Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 4: Casting Part 1

Now the action begins. Casting is a 2-day process and it starts with prepping the wax rings by attaching sprues; essentially little hoses, which will attach to a wee wax funnel where the molten metal will flow in. The sprues are attached using a drop of hot wax. Once that’s done, they’re fitted into the…

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Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 3: The Wax Carving

By Erin L / May 16, 2013 / 2 Comments

Making wax models of the pair of wedding bands I’m working on for my brother’s upcoming wedding this summer is both easy and requires skilled hands.  The wax is like a soft plastic, so it’s durable and can take hard work and tools.  But working in 3-D has never been something I’ve been adept with.…

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Jewelry Blog: Making My Brothers Wedding Rings, Part 1

By Erin L / March 25, 2013 / 5 Comments

It’s a daunting (by special) request as a hobby silversmith; can you please make our wedding rings? My brother and his wife-to-be have requested I venture out of my almost exclusively silver-working, and create matching wedding bands for them in gold. To Match My Mom’s Ring This is no ordinary task either; the band is…

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Journalism: How to Pitch Your Story to the News

By Erin L / February 26, 2013 / 1 Comment

So why does some news get covered and some doesn’t? That’s a whole blog post in and of itself.  But I can say with certainty that getting a story–any story–covered starts with a good pitch. Got a big event happening and want to invite the news?  Grandparents celebrating their 60th Anniversary and you think it…

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What the Modelling Industry Taught Me

By Erin L / February 17, 2013 / 3 Comments

Sitting in an office beside my mother, I was nervous.  I’d been called in by my small town local modelling agency to meet a big city scout. A steady stream of girls were going in and coming out of the office she’d comandeered to pore over us and judge our fitness in the “real world”…

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Food & Drink: Just ONE Bite

By Erin L / February 11, 2013 / 3 Comments

Kids don’t like a lot of things. Knowing that, I don’t get why people allow their kids turn their noses up at whatever’s on their plate. I know parents who don’t even feed their kids vegetables AT ALL, since they figure if junior isn’t going to eat them, why bother? Here’s the problem with that.…

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