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022 New JewelryMonk Podcast

New Episode of The JewelryMonk Podcast


Jewelry Maker’s Square in Stainless Steel

FREE VIDEO DEMONSTRATION:

https://youtu.be/bMcFNHiToJk

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…..

BloodWater.org

Clean water is essential to healthy living, and BloodWater.org works to ensure that water is always provided alongside sanitation and hygiene training to maximize its benefits.   They work with their local partners to provide access to clean water through a wide range of technologies. With knowledge of the local people, them and their partners select the technology that will be most effective in the community where they are working based on environmental, cultural, economic, and technological factors to optimize quantity, quality, access, and reliability. In many cases, a combination of technologies is required to achieve these goals.   The best gift this holiday season can’t be found in stockings on the mantle, fit in festively-wrapped boxes, or travel well in a sleigh… For Many, The best gifts, and most common solution is CLEAN WATER, which include wells with hand pumps or mechanized wells, spring protection, rain catching systems, surface catching systems, and household-level filtration and treatment.

Check out BloodWater.org to see how you can make a difference.

Join Them at www.bloodwater.org

https://vimeo.com/100353577


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!


COMING SOON:

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.

ALSO COMING SOON:

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 JewelryMonk.com 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 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

 

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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

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!

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