Quick Question

Hey there:

Doug Napier here with JewelryMonk.com. I will be finishing up a long awaited video series very soon, and I REALLY want to make sure I have everything covered, but first I need to ask you a favor.

  • If you could remember back to when you first started making jewelry, (for some of you it might not be that far back) what were some of the fears you had about making jewelry, that kept you from moving forward?

  • If you could scroll down and leave a comment on this blog-post, I would REALLY, really appreciate it, and I might even use your comments on some upcoming content.

That is all I got for now.

Thank you all for continuing to follow along and support my efforts here at JewelryMonk.com

Now…… go make something shiny!

Doug

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017 JewelryMonk Podcast Update, Contest, Trip,

JewelryMonk Podcast Episode 17

Here is what’s new and what I have been up to in the past couple of months:

  • In November I had to take a trip to China for some work, I had a great time and got to see and eat things that invigorated my senses.

  • Right before I left on my trip, I resigned from my position with the company I was employed with, and started my own journey…… Upon returning from overseas, I launched my personal website devoted to consulting and training in Jewelry Manufacturers. I have been working in Jewelry factories for over 32 years, some of the largest in the world, and have a wealth of info to share., DougNapier.com was launched to enhance the JewelryMonk Industries family. (Image)   I have been doing CAD work on the side as well, to keep the lights on.

The JewelryMonk Design Contest, was launched just before I left on my trip, and in early December, the winner was chosen. Jillian Logue’s design was picked, and I created a piece of jewelry from her design. I recorded the whole process from sketch, to finished piece, creating a model and a mold. She will receive her finished piece of jewelry, the model, the mold, and a video series that captures the whole process.

A Video Series will soon be available for sale that covers the whole process from drawing and wax carving, through casting, stone setting and polishing.

Prelude1

Prelude2

In this episode, I covered a Health Tip

from TheAbundanceProject.com

“3 Ways You Can Reduce the Stress in your Life and Find Happiness, Peace, and Abundance” by Kyle Hunt

Covering how to:

  • Alter your perception: If you truly want to reduce stress, you have to become the master of your mental and emotional state.”
  • Communicate your thoughts: If you have things in your personal relationships that are bothering you, be honest with people and relieve some of the burden.”
  • Exercise Regularly: Even though it’s a short amount of time to spare, staying consistent with exercise will allow you to clear your head, refocus on your priorities, and relieve the tension that stress adds to your life.”

 

Jewelry Tips:

  • Cotton Balls, Q-Tips, Aspirin Cotton
  • Red Rouge
  • Gray Compound
  • Valve Grinding Compound

I also added a fun story because it is not good to be serious all the time………

Cool Tool of the Week:

3D Digital Microscope QX800 HD High Resolution

 

As Always,  if you find value in this content, or if you like to keep up to date on the goings-on here, make sure to  Subscribe to the JewelryMonk Blog Via Email (link in the upper right corner of www.JewelryMonk.com)  also if you know someone who makes jewelry, tell them about this site or The JewelryMonk Podcast.  That means the world to me!

You can also follow JewelryMonk on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat,…. we are all over the place.

Now go make something shiny!

Doug

Quick Ultrasonic Tip for Today

Quick Ultrasonic Tip for Today and Update

Hey everyone!

I have been so busy lately producing content for the first JewelryMonk Design Contest, I have lost vision for a bit. I do that, I get tunnel-vision when I am working on a project, and don’t look up till it is finished. I apologize for that, not that I am ever going to get better, but it seems like the thing to do. I am almost finished with the design, and with the videos that go along with this project. My plan is releasing a video series on how I took this design from the drawing stage, all the way through till the finished product. I have been video recording every step with 4 different cameras, and doing some fun editing. I have 16 videos finished already, and a few more to do till completion. All that said I will get back to producing tips, tricks, and podcasts very soon.

Until then, here is a quick lil’ video I made today.

Click Here to Follow Along on this Project

Now…… Go make something Shiny…..

Doug

 

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Progress on the JewelryMonk Design Contest Part 2

Progress on the JewelryMonk Design Contest Part 2

I trust everyone had a great Christmas and New Years. Now it is time to get back into the “Groove” of the 2017 year. I have been busy creating this piece of jewelry, and recording and editing videos for this project, which Jillian, the winner will get. I will also make them available to the public soon thereafter for purchase. Follow along with the progress by subscribing here at JewelryMonk.com

I will also get back into the studio soon and make more JewelryMonk Podcast episodes. Also, after this project is done, I will be adding content, more free tips and tricks, here at JewelryMonk.com

Click Here to Follow Along on this Project

Now, Go make something shiny……

Doug

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Update on the JewelryMonk Design Contest

Update on the JewelryMonk Design Contest

Here is a quick video of the progress so far on Jillian Logue’s winning design:

Jillian Logue won the JewelryMonk Design Contest, and along with a finished piece of jewelry (her design) she also gets a completed model, mold, and a set of videos of the whole process of making her design. Here is the current progress.

Here is her submitted design, and the stone being used:

Click Here to Follow Along on this Project

 

JewelryMonk Design Contest Winner Announced

JewelryMonk Design Contest Winner Announced

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The winner of the 1st JewelryMonk Design Contest is Jillian Logue. Jillian will receive A finished piece in silver of her design set with the peridot stone seen above. Also the model and mold of her design to do with what she wants. Lastly a series of videos of the whole process from beginning to end.

(You might want to follow along with the updates along the process)

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Again, Congratulations Jillian !

I will keep y’all updated on the progress. Remember to follow along at www.JewelryMonk.com for updates.  I will be starting the progress this week.
Doug

JewelryMonk Design Contest Info

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Alright, the First JewelryMonk Design Contest Info:

(You might want to follow along with this Blog Contest)

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In a nutshell, here are the details:

I have chosen 5 stones for you to use in a RING design. Your job is to select one of these stones (there is a Pear Shaped, an Emerald Cut Stone, a Marquise Shape, a Trillion Shaped Stone, and an Oval Shaped stone. (Pictured below)

  • You design a SILVER RING with one of these stone.
  • You have a until November 27th at Midnight to submit your design to Doug@JewelryMonk.com
  • The deadline will be Sunday, November 27th 2016 at Midnight EST.
  • My team and I will select 1 winner and announce it December 4th.  The winner will get their design created by myself. During this process, I will create videos of the whole process from:  Design – The Layout – Wax Carving and Cleanup – Casting – Metal Clean up – Rubber Mold Making – Wax Sizing – Casting the Production Piece – Grinding – Tumbling – Pre-Polishing – Stone Setting – and Final Polishing.

I will make this video series available for purchase when it is finished, BUT the winner will receive the series for free.

BUT WAIT!!!! There’s More!!! (I have always wanted to say that….. sorry….. )

The winner will also receive the finished design model, the mold, and the finished piece to own. This design and finished piece is theirs to do with whatever they want.

Also you all have MY PROMISE, that any design that is not selected, I will not use, create, sell, or produce. It will never see the light of day unless you request me to do so. It is your intellectual property, and I will respect that.

Now, don’t feel like you are not “Qualified” to submit a design. You do not have to be a designer to enter. If you can do a CAD drawing, a pencil sketch, or just a crayon sketch, that is all I need.  My career has been creating jewelry from complex designs, or “chicken scratch”. I have an eye for this. We will not make our decision on the design sketch quality, but criteria set up by our team for this project. So this contest is for EVERYONE!

Here are the stones to design from:

Marquise Blue Topaz: 12x6mm and 4mm Deep

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Oval Citrine: 9x7mm 4.5mm Deep

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Emerald Cut Amethyst 8x6mm 4mm Deep

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Trillion Cut Garnet 8x8mm 4.75mm Deep

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Pear Shaped Peridot 5x7mm 3.25mm Deep

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So I have 3 things for you to do:

First, Look at the stones you have to work with and choose 1 stone to design a ring with. Take your time and think about it for a bit. REMEMBER, The deadline will be Sunday, November 27th 2016 at Midnight EST. And you only get 1 design to submit…..period (choose wisely my friend)

Second…. Create a design as simple or as complex as you want and email it to Doug@JewelryMonk.com I will print out all these entries submitted and my team and I will choose a winner by December 4th, 2016.

Third and most importantly….. Suscribe for email updates! Along this process I will be releasing videos to highlight certain aspects of the creative process and I wouldn’t want you to miss out.
Click Here to Subscribe

Also, Leave a comment on the website. Let me know you are out there, let me know what you think, and most importantly…. encourage one another. Also check out www.facebook.com/JewelryMonk and do the same there. Encourage one another. Don’t post your designs there…. You would be giving away your secrets, but say HI!, hang out a bit, and most importantly…..HAVE FUN!

There ya have it, the First JewelryMonk Design Contest/Video training series Contest Rules.

I am excited for me, but more importantly, I am excited for YOU ALL. I really look forward to seeing what you all are going to create.

Now…… go create something award winning!

Doug

JewelryMonk Design Contest

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Hey everyone! I have a great, fun RING DESIGN CONTEST coming up! I will launch it soon, so start thinking about this, and spread the word. SHARE THIS!
YOU will submit YOUR DESIGN using a stone I select, then I will create a finished piece from that design! I will record every step along the way from: Design – Layout – Wax Carving – Casting – Clean up – Mold Making – Wax Sizing – Casting again – Tumbling – Prepolish – Stone Setting – Final Polishing.
You get the piece, AND the mold for manufacturing, it is your design! Keep watching here and at www.JewelryMonk.com
SHARE THIS and get the word out.

Make sure to subscribe to this blog so you are kept up to date on this cool contest.

How to Make a Sizing Gauge

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Hey all,

Most of you know, I am a tool and gadget junkie. I like things that make my jobs quicker and easier. In the next few posts, I am going to cover ring sizing, both sizing up and sizing down. If you have been making jewelry for any amount of time, you have friends and family that bring you their jewelry that is broken, bent, bruised, dirty, or that doesn’t fit correctly.

So in the next few blog posts, I will show you an example of sizing a ring down first, then sizing up. First though, I am going to show you how to make a quick tool that will make this job a little easier. We are going to make a sizing gauge that you will make once, mount on your bench, and have and use forever.

I have mentioned to you before, I don’t really work in sheet metal gauge, I work in mm.  People ask me all the time “What gauge sheet or wire did you use on this”….. well, I broke down and purchased a Sheet Metal Gauge so I can reference the thickness from time to time for you.

I started this project with a 0.8mm (20 gauge) piece of brass that I had laying around. Feel free to use whatever metal you like.

General gauge Sizing Gauge-1

Next, cut and file to size, in this example, I used a piece that is about 1.25 inches (31.75mm) x 0.5 inches (12.75mm). I filed the pieces and sanded the edges a bit, just because I like things that are finished looking.

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The next step I did was to trace a line down the center of the piece with a Fine Sharpie and a 6″ Steel Rule, because I want this to look nice and even since I am going to have this on my bench for a long time.

Sizing Gauge-5

Starting from the center of the brass piece, I scribe a point at the center mark with a Scribe or Awl, and along the one edge, then joined the dots with my scribe.  With a 3 Inch Divider I measure the distance of the opening of the dividers at 2.5mm, and make a series of marks (dimples) along the center line and along the edge. 2.5mm is the measurement for 1 ring size. I am going to scribe a line in the brass from the center points to the edge points. I could scribe all the way across from the top to the bottom, but that isn’t necessary, I like the look this way.

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 Now what I did next was to scribe another line, half the length, in between the scribed lines. This is for 1/2 sizes. You will be dealing a lot with 1/2 sizes and even 1/4 sizes (but I don’t find 1/4 size marks necessary)

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The last thing I did was to drill 2 small holes into the gauge and mounted it to the front of my bench. Oh, I also rubbed the surface with 600 Wet-Or-Dry Sandpaper to give it a satin look, and give a contrast between the face of the brass and the scribed lines.

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Many Ring Mandrel have a sizing gauge engraved into them, but most of them don’t, so if you make one of these handy dandy gauges you will have it for years and it will always be right in front of you. In the next blogpost, I will show you what to do with this.

As Always,  if you find value in this content, or if you like to keep up to date on the goings-on here, make sure to  Subscribe to the JewelryMonk Blog Via Email (link in the upper right corner of www.JewelryMonk.com)  also if you know someone who makes jewelry, tell them about this site or The JewelryMonk Podcast.  That means the world to me!

You can also follow JewelryMonk on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat,…. we are all over the place.

Now go make something useful!

Doug

015 Jewelry Back Health Soldering Mini Saw Frame

JewelryMonk Podcast #15

Podcast 15

In todays episode, we cover my work-life balance struggles, back injury and back health, soldering techniques, and I introduce a new tool I use.

Harney Peak

Harney Peak, is the highest natural point in South Dakota and the Black Hills and the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains at over 7200 ft.

I am trying to find that balance between Work – Health – Family life

Evaluating my day,….. not by productivity, but by Soul-care and “Health-care, both physically and mentally.

Learning….. When I say yes to something, I also have to say NO to something else.

Health

One quick tip is the 25/5 rule, have a timer. If you have an apple watch, smart phone, or just an egg timer, while you are at the bench, set it for every 25 minutes, have something blink or beep at you and say, “Hey, get up and do something.” Do at least ten reps of something: walk around, stretch, get some water, run to the bathroom, take a five-minute break and then go back.

That means you have ten minutes of break every hour which keeps you moving and flowing. You can do lunges, do squats, or if you get a resistance band…. Keep it at your bench, and every 25 minutes, work on your back muscles, because of the posture we have as we sit at the bench, we tend to “Hunch” over the bench pin.

Cool Tool of the Week

Mini Saw Frame

Anderson Mini Saw Frames

Links for tools:

Rio Grande:

Contenti:

Ottofrei:

Deskercize: Upper Back Stretches

Written by Ron Evans

Here are four simple upper back muscle stretches that can be done just about anywhere you find yourself seated — in the office, on an airplane, or even at the kitchen table. Just remember to take it slow whenever you begin a new exercise routine.

Neck Rolls

Begin by sitting upright, relaxing your shoulders, and placing your hands on your lap. Carefully lean your right ear over your right shoulder. Slowly move your chin down and let it drop toward your chest while keeping your back straight. Bring your head up until your left ear is over your left shoulder. Gently roll your head back and around to your right shoulder once more.

Even out the rhythm, keep your breathing calm and smooth, and repeat five to 10 times in each direction.

Shoulder Shrugs

Think of these as something akin to pushups for your shoulders. With your feet flat on the ground, straighten your back and allow your arms to hang down at your sides. Inhale and hold your breath while bringing your shoulders straight up as high as possible, then squeeze them tight for about two seconds. Breathe out and just let your arms drop back down. Do about eight to 10 shrugs per set.

For a bit more of a challenge, consider adding some lightweight dumbbells to the mix.

Shoulder Rolls

This one starts out like a shoulder shrug. But after pulling your shoulders up to your ears, move them back and down in a circle. Repeat the same movement in the forward direction as well. Five rolls both toward the back and front should do the trick.

Butterfly Wings

This stretch makes a nice compliment to neck rolls and helps to strengthen the rhomboid and pectoral muscles. Sit up straight and touch your fingertips to your shoulders with your elbows pointed out to the side. Keeping your fingers in place, exhale and slowly pull your elbows together in front of you until they touch. Breathe in and allow your arms move to their original position.

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I have been a little active on Facebook, SnapChat, Pinterest, Twitter,….I have been using them as an opportunity for me to add a little Entertainment, some Character, and Life lessons as well. Some of these platforms let you get a glimpse into my life outside jewelrymaking, and see me and my “Quirkyness” sometimes.

Leave you with a Quote

“Everything New will kill you.” Author….. Fear

So that is the 15th episode of The Jewelry Monk Podcast

If you find value in this podcast, tell a friend about it and the JewelryMonk.com website. That means way more to me than an iTunes review or anything. But if you go to itunes and leave me a review, I will be grateful. The more people hear about it, and the larger the community becomes.    And make sure to leave a comment on the website, I always respond.

Take Care of yourself,

Doug