Author Archive | Doug Napier

NEW Soldering and Fabrication Video Course NOW AVAILABLE

INTRODUCING a New Video Course:

(for a very limited time)


Have YOU ever been Overwhelmed by all the seemingly complicated processes that go into jewelry making? How to tackle all the concepts used in the craft? How do you get your design or idea from your mind into jewelry….

There’s Fabricating and Soldering – Casting – Model and Mold Making –  Soldering – Stone Setting – Polishing –  just to name a few…… and The List Goes On.

Have YOU ever wanted to take a design that is in your head and create a piece of jewelry from it, one that is repeatable? How much time could you save if you could reproduce one of your handmade designs, over and over, with the same results every time, without recreating the whole piece from scratch?

Are you like me? Do you learn better by examples, rather that books or magazines?

What if someone could show you a Jewelry Creation Method, A Process, A System, ……Step by Step, ….. Every Detail, Every Concept, and WALK WITH YOU THROUGH IT ALL ALONG THE WAY…..

Would that revolutionize your Jewelry Making Experience? If I could Show you how to make your jewelry ideas a reality? Would it open up new opportunities?  Where do you see your Jewelry Making Skills 1 Month from now….1 Year from now?

This Step by Step Fabricating and Soldering Video Course is Focused on:  EDUCATION, EQUIPPING, and ENCOURAGING

These Soldering and Fabrication Video Lessons consist of:

1 Image Sizing Video

3 Videos on Setting Building

1 Video on Metal Assembly

1 Video on Metal Shaping

2 Videos on Metal Trimming

9 Videos on Soldering Techiques

1 Mold Making and Casting Video

1 Video on Stone Setting and Polishing

and plenty of bonus material…….PLENTY! (17 MORE Videos)

I walk you through every process with 4 camera video perspective

I explain exactly what I am doing, the whole time, and why I am doing it.

And in many cases, show you zoomed in photography of the example, so you completely grasp the concept.

I’ll show you how to master, and understand all these concepts and skills, in your own time.

The bottom line is that we’re going to cover a lot of ground together, and you’re going to come out the other end with a complete understanding of the whole Jewelry Creation Method.

SO, If you’re ready to Take your Jewelry Making Skills to the next level, then your next step is clear click the BUY NOW button above and get registered for the Fabricated Pendant Video Course.

You have a big decision to make. I can’t make it for you… the only thing I can do is tell you that this Fabrication and Soldering Video Course works.

I promise:    It is not always going to be easy, change and growth never is

But I also promise:     The opportunity to change is always worth the effort.

Click the BUY NOW button, and I’ll see you in the program…

…… Get Ready to MAKE the BEST Jewelry of Your LIFE…..TOGETHER


Overcome Fear and Gain Confidence in Soldering (FREE VIDEO)

3rd FREE VIDEO this week:

Overcome Fear and Gain Confidence in Soldering

Let me tell you another quick story:

A man was on vacation, and as he was walking, he saw some the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. There were no chains, no cages, just a small rope. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not……

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”      The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?  Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

In this 3rd Video in a Series I have released this week, I will deal with FEAR and CONFIDENCE in our jewelry making.

FEAR and Lack of Confidence doesn’t have to keep you from pursuing your dreams?

The tools are just that….TOOLS, and with a little safety, practice, and a little education….. They can be mastered instead of letting them master your dreams.   If you OWN THE Experience, You Have the Power to Transform, You have the The Mastery of Knowledge!

So in this latest video, I do just that, tackle some of those issues that KEEP US FROM GROWING:



Since 2014, has been focused on Educating and Encouraging people in all aspects of jewelry making, and I will continue to do so through any and all means I can. Either through this page, the JewelryMonk FaceBook page, The JewelryMonk Podcast, or any other way I can find, my mission is to pass along this jewelry knowledge I have.

So come along this Journey with me and

Together, We Can Make The Best Jewelry Of Your Life!

As Always, Thanks for stopping by, Share this with a Friend, and get out there and Make Something Shiny!


Tool Modification and Soldering Principles (FREE VIDEO)


But first, a story.

Three years ago, I was laying in a hospital bed, healing from surgery, and wondering about my future, what would it look like, would I even have much of a future? Encouragement was my friend, and I needed plenty of it, but you know what, I was the one who ended up being the “Encourager” to my friends and family. I could see the worry in their faces, but I was there to tell them “I got this, It’s ALL GOOD!” My nature is like that, it is my “default” and I get energy from it.

Fast Forward a few years, I am still like that. I am all healed up, Doctors say 3 years “C”-Free and I am moving forward to a brighter future. I don’t dwell on the past, but I don’t forget the lessons the past has taught me, and I am better for it.

All this to say, I am still am Encourager, and I have focused that energy into my Jewelry Education.

This week I am releasing a few videos that hopefully tries to get across this message of Education and Encouragement, and today is the 2nd in a series of FREE Videos. This FREE video will show how and why I Modify My Tools, and also will give a simple, but important Soldering Principle.


Since 2014, has been focused on Educating and Encouraging people in all aspects of jewelry making, and I will continue to do so through any and all means I can. Either through this page, the JewelryMonk FaceBook page, The JewelryMonk Podcast, or any other way I can find, my mission is to pass along this jewelry knowledge I have.

So come along this Journey with me and

Together, We Can Make The Best Jewelry Of Your Life!

As Always, Thanks for stopping by, Share this with a Friend, and get out there and Make Something Shiny!


Overview Video of Jewelry Concepts Method

Would You Like to LEARN Jewelry Making,

or Enhance Your Jewelry Making Skills?

I have created a few FREE VIDEOS to help you, and to give you Tips, and Continued Encouragement. Over the next week, I am going to be releasing these FREE VIDEOS to do just that.

This is the FIRST of them,

Click on the Video Button:

Ask yourself:

Have you ever wanted to take your jewelry skills to the next level?

Have you ever wanted to make jewelry or Advance your skills, but thought it was too complicated?

Where do you see your jewelry skills going in the next year?

Stay tuned over the next week, and I will be talking and teaching about some jewelry concepts including:

Fabricating, Soldering, Tool Modification, Safety, As well as some other encouraging topics.

SO do me a favor…….

After the video, Scroll Down and Leave a Comment.

I want to know if it was helpful and what your thoughts are.

As always, Take Care…..


Now….. Go Make Something Shiny

022 New JewelryMonk Podcast

New Episode of The JewelryMonk Podcast

Jewelry Maker’s Square in Stainless Steel


Limited Quantities:

I have used one of these for over 20 years, and have not seen them anywhere. I built my first one, and so I made a number of others, because I am sure I am not the only one who has wanted to use one over the years.
If you do not lose it, it will last you a lifetime.
Good for marking 90 degree angles, making square settings and square pieces, marking straight lines, etc.
I keep mine handy, and use it many times a week.

It measures 32mm long, 21mm tall, and it is made out of 20 Gauge Stainless Steel (0.65mm)
Includes FREE Shipping.

I have a limited supply, so when they are gone…. they are gone, and I don’t know if I will make any more. I DO NOT want to be in the tool making/selling business.

OK, Time to highlight some who are doing it right…..

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Check out to see how you can make a difference.

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Time to talk about your health:

OK, Trust me on this one……. Take 2-3 Minutes and do these things, and you WILL feel better!


I just finished up with my Next Video Course which I am calling The Fabricated Pendant Project, a Video Course focused on Fabrication and Soldering. It is a Video Series that Takes you Step by Step, from drawing all the way through, to a finished piece of reproducible jewelry.


The JewelryMonk Studio and Training Center, which I plan on opening at the beginning of 2018   I have hinted at this on social media,  But in a nutshell, I live in a beautiful part of the country, and I want to create a place where people can get away from their hectic, stressful daily routine, and learn a specific craft ………..and at the same time, see an interesting part of the country.  I will release my plans soon, but it will be focused on teaching beginner and intermediate classes on Fabricating, Soldering, Stone Setting, and possibly some advanced teachings later on, like Casting, Mold Making, and Model Making, CAD. I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota, this is where the Studio and Training Center will be located. I will soon be creating and announcing 1-2 week courses teaching in small groups, but will set aside time to check out the beautiful area I live in, like Mount Rushmore, Crazy House Mountain, Deadwood, and The Badlands National Park. Also there are many events in the downtown area in the evenings with local bands, microbreweries, eclectic shopping and an interesting art scene. Again, Follow for details.

As Always, Thanks for stopping by and 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 Website (link in the upper right corner of  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!