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Fear and Confidence with Your Torch and Soldering

A couple of weeks ago I asked the question here at JewelryMonk.com:

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?

There was an overwhelming response, and quite a few of the answers had to do with Soldering and Torch Set-up.

Well, over the past weeks, I have been putting together a few FREE VIDEOS to help you understand a little bit more about different aspects of jewelry making, and THIS video is my way of combatting FEARS and CONFIDENCE around soldering and FIRE!

I will show you how I set up my torch, and give you a couple of quick soldering examples.

Check it out HERE,

This is the 3rd video in a series, and if you missed the first 2, make sure you go back and check them out.

When you subscribed to JewelryMonk.com, you wanted to get updated with new content and info from the website. BUT, I also want to learn from you what you would like to see my end……

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…..

Doug

Now….. Go Make Something Shiny

JewelryMonk Design Contest Final Update

1st JewelryMonk Design Contest is in the books!


I am finishing up on all the videos, and will make them available soon. There are 19 Main Videos, 19 Bonus Videos, and tons of other content, WHAT A PROJECT!  I had a ton of fun, and look forward to the next contest, Which will be a project all on metal fabrication and soldering. But first, I need a break…. Stay Tuned

NOW….. Go make something shiny!

Doug

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

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Now, Go make something shiny……

Doug

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:

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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.
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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