Friday, October 29, 2010

Vampires & Dark Romance

Dark Romance Ring. Amethyst & Sterling Silver. Ring & Photo by Emily Wiser.
I'm writing a vampire novel. I'm really into vampires after seeing the Twilight movies and True Blood. Inspired by the genre, I've started a line of Dark Romance jewelry. Dark Romance features contrasts of dark and light colors, representing light and dark, good and evil, the innocent heroine and the worldly vampire.

Oxidized Copper Toggle Necklace & Cultured Freshwater Pearl. Photo & Necklace by Emily Wiser.

Oxidized Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings. Hoops & Photo by Emily Wiser.

Dark Romance Stacking Ring Set. White Moonstone, Black Onyx, Sterling Silver. Rings & Photo by Emily Wiser.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Life Of A Studio Cat

Here's a photo of my cat sitting my sweeps drawer. The sweeps drawer holds all your gold and silver dust from your sawing, filing, and sanding. When it's full, you send your dust to a refiner who pays you for it. No waste, no want! And it helps the environment! You work on the bench pin (the wood block), and the dust falls from your workspace into the drawer. My little cat walked out with my gold and silver dust on his fur. I was seriously thinking about nabbing him and shaving off his fur to get my gold and silver dust back!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What is White Palladium Gold?

Traditionally, gold has been "whitened" by alloying gold with nickel. Because many people are allergic to nickel, it's good to find a white gold alloy that's nickel-free. White palladium gold uses palladium (instead of nickel) to mask gold's yellow color. Palladium is a member of the platinum family--a precious metal in its own right.

Monday, October 11, 2010

In The Studio: Engraving Copper Plates

Above: Gravers, India Stone (for sharpening gravers). Photo & gravers by Emily Wiser

I recently took an engraving class, where we learned to engrave copper plates by hand. It's great practice for my engraved book and for learning to hand-engrave jewelry. You can also set stones with gravers. We had to make our own gravers. Here's some photos of my engraving tools. my copper plate, and the print I made from it.

Above: Engraved Copper Plates. I engraved them by hand with the gravers shown above. Photo & plates by Emily Wiser.

Above: A block print from the engraved copper plate. I inked it by hand, wet paper, and pressed it down on the engraved plate.
Photo & print by Emily Wiser.