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020 Podcast Cleaning your Files, Pin Vises, Jewelers For Children

JewelryMonk Podcast Episode 21

In this Episode I talk about Educating, Equipping, and Encouraging, The 3 E’s that keep me going

Our Featured Artist of the Week is Jewelers For Children. Here is a quick video highlighting some of their work. You can also check them out at www.jewelersforchildren.org

The Jewelry Tip of the Week is all about Cleaning Files. I described 2 ways I do this, and I made a quick video how I clean my needle files with a Crimped Wire Steel Cup Brush. Here is a link to the brushes, and a short video:

ALSO a FREE Downloadable CAD Volume to Metal Conversion Worksheet!

CLICK HERE

I also talked about my Cool Tool Pick of the Week, Pin Vises. Here are a couple of the ones I use, as well as a link to the same ones I use. They are pretty inexpensive, and well worth the price.

Single Ended Pin Vise

Double Ended Pin Vise

ALSO, I Talked About the A to Z Design to Finished Jewelry Video Course 

http://jewelrymonk-llc.thinkific.com/courses/AtoZ

The A to Z Design to Finished Jewelry Course is a 10 lesson, 22 video series that takes you through creation a piece of jewelry, from concept and drawing, all the way to the completed piece of reproducible jewelry. The videos cover, in real time, all the processes from transferring your design onto a wax blank, preparing and carving the wax. Casting that wax into silver, and cleaning up the silver into a model that will be molded. Injecting wax into the mold and casting those waxes into silver. Preparing those castings with tumbling media and polishing the castings. Finally, the piece will be set with a pear shaped stone in a prong/bezel setting, and the piece of jewelry will be final polished and cleaned, ready to ship. Link on the right side of this page, or above.

Plus lots more in the podcast……

Now, Let’s Make something Shiny, Together.

Doug

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FREE 3D Volume to Metal Conversion Worksheet

Little different content today, but I created this FREE WORKSHEET and wanted to share.

Have you ever created a 3D CAD file and wondered how much it would weigh in different metals?

For those of you who create or dabble in the digital world, I created a worksheet that converts 3D models (volume) into weights of different types of metal based on the metals specific gravity. Just enter the volume number from your 3D Program into the space associated with the metal you want, and it will magically give you your metal weight……. ok, more math than magic, but it is quick and easy.

CLICK HERE

For those of you who don’t know, I also have a website www.DougNapier.com, which is an extension of JewelryMonk.com that focuses on Providing CAD, Model Making, and Product Development to the Jewelry Manufacturing Community, as well as Consulting and Training Jewelers in a Manufacturing setting.

Between traveling a bit and focusing on building this site, that is where I have been for the past couple of months. I am not going anywhere, and will be back to creating more free content very soon…… oh, and will get back to more podcasts as well.

Thanks for stopping by, now go make something…….digital?

Doug

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“Time Sensitive” Design Contest Details

JewelryMonk Design Contest


Have you ever had a jewelry design in your head, that you thought would be so cool, but were unsure how to get it from your head to a finished piece of jewelry? Well YOU ARE IN LUCK! …….really…….

Hey Everyone, Doug here.  I am so excited to start the 2nd JewelryMonk Design Contest! I had so much fun with the first one a few months back, that I am going to keep this going.

The first contest was all about wax carving, BUT THIS ONE IS ALL ABOUT SOLDERING AND METAL FABRICATION!  So here is what’s up with this Design Contest:

  • You design a silver piece of jewelry from the stones I suggest in the FREE Downloadable PDF
  • Keep in mind this is all about Metal Fabrication and Soldering
  • You have until March 31st, 2017, at Midnight to submit your design to Doug@JewelryMonk.com.
  • If You Win, You Get Design Created as a Finished Piece of Jewelry! FREE
  • If You Win, You ALSO Get a Model and a Mold so you can reproduce your design if you want. FREE
  • If You Win, You ALSO Get and a Video Series that shows you STEP-BY-STEP how the piece was created. FREE
    • Video Series will cover: Design – The Layout – Metal Fabrication and Cleanup – Rubber Mold Making – Wax Sizing – Casting the Production Piece – Grinding – Tumbling – Pre-Polishing – Stone Setting – and Final Polishing. The Theme of this video series will be Metal Fabrication and Soldering, using the winning design as an example.
  • Make sure to Subscribe, so you can follow along the process. I will be releasing videos and tips along the way!
  • Share with your friends…….

So here is what you do.

Click the Download button below and get the Design Rules, Stones, and all the Details.  After that, come up with a design and send it to me at Doug@JewelryMonk.com.

That Simple. My team and I will select 1 winner and announce it soon after the deadline of March 31st.

Now, don’t feel like you are not “Qualified” to submit a design. You do not have to be a jewelry 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 designs, everything from complex computer designs, to “scratch paper and napkin designs”. 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!

You have a little time, but not much!

Are you READY?  Together We Can Make the BEST Jewelry of Your LIFE!

See you in the Contest!

Doug

020 Podcast – JewelryMonk Design Contest Kickoff

JewelryMonk Podcast Episode 20

JewelryMonk Design Contest Kickoff

In this episode The Kickoff for the JewelryMonk’s 2nd Design Contest!

Your Mission…… If you choose to accept it:  

Download the PDF with Rules and Stone choices

click here —->>>  RULES AND INFORMATION <—- click here

  • Design a SILVER design around one of these stone.
  • You have until March 31st, 2017, at Midnight to submit your design to Doug@JewelryMonk.com.
  • My team and I will select 1 winner and announce it soon thereafter.  The winner will get their design created by myself.  During this process, I will create a video series of the whole process from:  Design – The Layout – Metal Fabrication and Cleanup – Rubber Mold Making – Wax Sizing – Casting the Production Piece – Grinding – Tumbling – Pre-Polishing – Stone Setting – and Final Polishing. The Theme of this video series will be Metal Fabrication and Soldering, using the winning design as an example.
  • I will make this video series, Focused on METAL FABRICATION AND SOLDERING 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 model, the mold, and the finished piece to own. This design and finished piece is theirs to do with whatever they want, it will be ready to go into production if they so desire.


ALSO, I introduced the A to Z Design to Finished Jewelry Video Course 

http://jewelrymonk-llc.thinkific.com/courses/AtoZ

  • The A to Z Design to Finished Jewelry Course is a 10 lesson, 22 video series that takes you through creation a piece of jewelry, from concept and drawing, all the way to the completed piece of reproducible jewelry. The videos cover, in real time, all the processes from transferring your design onto a wax blank, preparing and carving the wax. Casting that wax into silver, and cleaning up the silver into a model that will be molded. Injecting wax into the mold and casting those waxes into silver. Preparing those castings with tumbling media and polishing the castings. Finally, the piece will be set with a pear shaped stone in a prong/bezel setting, and the piece of jewelry will be final polished and cleaned, ready to ship.  (link below)

Featured Artist of this episode is www.BethBobbittDesigns.com

  • Hand Crafted Jewelry, Handcrafted for Unique Individuals

Jewelry Tip: has to do with Mineral Oil used with Polishing Compound


Cool Tool of the Week is a Degree Gauge:

Plus lots more in the podcast……

Now, Let’s Make something Shiny, Together.

Doug

019 Episode, Purpose Jewelry, Wax Repair, Conversion Chart

JewelryMonk Podcast Episode 19

Kicking off a New Segment: Featured Artist

Purpose Jewelry 

www.purposejewelry.org

  • PURPOSE Jewelry is a social enterprise that provides professional opportunities to young women rescued from sex trafficking.  Something as simple as jewelry making offers young women a fresh start, and the ability to accomplish their dreams.

  • Focus of JewelryMonk Industries:    3 E’s of Growth– Educating, Equipping, and Encouraging.   So that is what the JewelryMonk.com site and the JewelryMonk Podcast is all about.   There is all kinds of “negativity” out there, and whether we focus on that, or focus on the positive things in our world……. GUESS WHAT, We are going to be changed either way!

  • Jewelry Tip :  I have been doing a bit of wax carving this week, and helping some of the people who purchased the Jewelry Creation Method Course with some of their projects. So I put together a video about how to fix a ring When (not if) you break your wax while wax carving, here is a quick tip on how to repair a ring that is in pieces.

 


  • Cool Tool of the Week:  Have you ever started making a ring project, and were unsure how long to cut the wire or shank, so your piece is just the right size, with no waste?  Today I have put together a quick tutorial on how I make my ring shanks just the right size every time, and have added a FREE Downloadable Spreadsheet for you to have, to print out, and keep by your workbench.
  • CLICK HERE for FREE Downloadable Spreadsheet:

Leave you with a Quote

“All new things lead to our death” Author….Fear

Now, Let’s make something shiny….. TOGETHER!