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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:

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Since 2014, JewelryMonk.com 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!

Doug

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Tool Modification and Soldering Principles (FREE VIDEO)

MORE FREE VIDEO TEACHINGS…..

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.

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Since 2014, JewelryMonk.com 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!

Doug

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Soldering a Thin Piece to a Thick Piece

Over the years I have heard many jewelers express their concerns and struggles of trying to solder a thin loop or earring post to a thicker piece. They either melt the smaller piece, or the solder joint is not very clean or strong.  I am soon going to release a video series on soldering and metal fabrication, and I thought I would share a quick little video that will not be part of the series, but part of one of the promo video teachings. Since most of you reading this have subscribed to JewelryMonk.com I thought I would share it with the JewelryMonk Community.  If you haven’t subscribed to this community, I would do that now, so you don’t miss out on any up coming goodness!

Here is a link to the video:     https://youtu.be/T6tdvFdaNaU

ALSO, Make sure to subscribe to the JewelryMonk YouTube Channel, so you don’t miss out on any of the FREE content there as well.

Keep on the lookout, Because in the NEXT couple weeks, I will be releasing a new Fabricating/Soldering video series that is to date over 35 videos in all. This is going to be VERY EXCITING!

As always, Thanks for being a part of this JewelryMonk Community. The best thing you can do for me is spread the word!

Now, Go Make Something Shiny!

Doug

Together, We can Make the BEST Jewelry of YOUR LIFE!

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JewelryMonk Design Contest #2 is in the Books

Have you ever had a great idea and thought “This will be cool, I can have this knocked out in a few weeks?”  Yeah, that was my idea BACK IN MARCH!  Well, with 2 month long trips out of the country and a LOT of video coverage, the 2nd JewelryMonk Design Contest piece is in the mail and off to Jen Popolis, the winner of the contest.

It is FINALLY going out in the mail today. (she is so patient) I am still editing the video series, but it should be done within the month. This project was all done by metal fabrication and soldering with sterling silver sheet and wire. Then I made a model, a mold, and cast the piece in sterling silver, set the 6x6mm Citrine, and polished it. Jen won her design as a finished piece of jewelry, and she gets the model and mold to do whatever she wishes with, as well as a video series that covers the whole process.

When I am done editing the videos, I will make them available to everyone! There will be about 15 videos covering every step I did from sketch to finished piece, as well as a bonus video to go along with each lesson. So actually over 30 videos that will cover this whole process in HD. Like I said, I get excited doing this.
So, stay tuned here at www.JewelryMonk.com, or better yet, subscribe by clicking -> HERE <- and never miss out on any JewelryMonk goodness.

Here is a quick little video Montage of some of the fun I had:

I have so much fun doing these contests, so stay tuned for the next JewelryMonk Design Contest.

As always, thanks for following me along on this JewelryMonk journey I am on. I try to stay focused, but there are so many facets of jewelry making, it’s like a cornucopia of goodness, and I can get sidetracked. Between this page, the JewelryMonk Podcast, the FaceBook page, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat……. I can sometimes lose focus, but I will be here throwing out stuff for anyone to pick up…… Like Johnny Appleseed of jewelry. haha

Take care,

Now, Go Make Something Shiny!

Doug

Pendant Project Part 3

Pendant Project Part 3

Part 3 of the V-Bezel pendant. Today we will finish soldering the pendant I started a couple of days ago, and I have a couple of clean-up tips for you before I get it ready to set the stone.

First I take the setting base and scribe a center line in the back of the half round bezel with Steel Dividers. This is just a location line so I know where to solder the bail. I picked a bail in the last post that had a diamond setting on it, but decided to cut it off because of strength and aesthetic issues. I used Handy Flux, Medium Solder, and my Mini Torch to solder the bail on. I hold the bail with Soldering Spring Tweezers and secure it with a Third Hand Tweezers.

Pendant 1 Pendant 2

After I solder the bail onto the setting, I clean the back with a Snap on Sanding Disc, make it flush, and add a Sterling Stamp.

Pendant 3 Pendant 4 Pendant 5

I next clean up the edges, making them sharp and crisp. I used a Barrette File, then I wrapped a piece of 600 grit sand paper around the same file and take out the file scratches. I also used a Knife Edge Silicone Wheel and  JoolTool 3M Bristle Brushes. These little babies work amazing for taking out scratches.

Pendant 9 Pendant 10 Pendant 8

Pendant 11 Pendant 12

Now if you have ever wondered how to polish inside places like the inside of a bail, here is a neat trick to get into those hard to get into spots. Get yourself some cotton string, (in different thicknesses) and rub polishing compound on it, now run the string through the bail and tie the other end to your bench. Rub back and forth and it will polish nicely. I use Graystar Compound first, then Red Rouge.

Pendant 6 Pendant 7

I also polish the tip of a burnishing tool on a piece of paper rubbed with Yellow Rouge and use it to polish the inside of the setting, if the setting base is polished, this will help the stone reflect more brilliantly.

Pendant 13 Pendant 14

Now the pendant is ready to set and polish. Stay Tuned.

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Pendant 15

Now go make something Spectacular!

Doug