Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December challenge - "Wires only"

Our December monthly team challenge due to November 30 was ...." Wires only"
Create any item with wires only ! You can add stones, beads etc.....

Earrings - Sterling silver and tiny enameled bells
Brooch -Sterling silver and 14 kt yellow gold

Earrings - Sterling silver and freshwater pearls

Twigs and Heather

 Pendants - Sterling silver


Bracelet - Sterling Silver
 Our January monthly team challenge due to December 31st is ....
January is named after Janus, the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) – January is the door to the year.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Blog Carnival

So you ask, "what is a blog carnival?"
It is group of EtsyMetal members who will collectively write a article on the monthly subject for their blog!

As we move into the pre-holiday season, the subject of business vs. creativity come up, so our topic for November is:
Business Success Secrets: What does it mean to you to be "successful" in business as an artist? How do you walk the line between creativity and profitability? What is the best think you've done for your business?

Here is our blog roll call this month:

Friday, October 29, 2010

And the Final Winner is..... and more Sale Info!

Jill Q! Many Many Congrats to our 4th and final winner!

Today begins the last round of sales as well!!! Many have continued through out the month, but there are several that are just now starting. Make sure to check out the new ones as well as any shops you previously visited as several have added new items or even changed their sales! Happy Shopping and Happy 4th Anniversary EtsyMetal!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cham Swap 6

Last but not least !
Norsola Johnson charms arrived !

We have 20 participants in CS6, each of the 20 participants  created 22 charms - one for each swap member and one to be sold in the Etsymetal shop along with a Necklace (that can be a bracelet) that features all of the charms. 50% of the sale will go to a youth arts organization, yet to be determined.

Thank you all participants!

Friday, October 22, 2010

And the 3rd Winner is..... and more Sale Info!

Janine Moore! Many Congrats Janine!! You should have already received an email with instructions!

and many more shops are starting sales this week. Several have continued from last week as well (or from the beginning of the month) - having a sale is so much fun! Make sure to check them out - there are some really fabulous deals!

RAD Deadline in 3 days!

Mosaic features rings submitted to the Ring a Day Group Pool
Colleen Baran, Danielle Miller, Shannon Conrad,
Dee Malodora, Nina Dinoff, Victoria Takahashi,
Laurie Brown, Andrea Ring and Evelyn Markasky

Here's a quick reminder to all who have participated in the Ring a Day project. The deadline to submit your rings for the SNAG exhibition at PUNCH gallery is Monday, October 25th at midnight PST. To be eligible to submit to the exhibition, you had to have posted a ring to the Flickr Ring a Day group pool prior to October 1, 2010.

It doesn't matter if you only posted one ring or 280 rings. We would like to show the scope of the project to include both the hardcore ring makers who have tirelessly kept on making rings and those who tried it for a few days; professional metalsmiths and novices; traditional and conceptual artists; teachers and students. This project belongs to all of us and in some small way, we have all journeyed along together.

Request an official submission form from

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cham Swap 6

All charm are ready !

Take a look what Experimetal AKA Victoria Takahashi made for the Charm Swap !

Well done Etsy Metal !
Can't wait to have all charms soon !
The Charm Necklace/Bracelet will soon be for sale on Etsy Metal Shop !

Friday, October 15, 2010

And the 2nd Winner is..... and more Sale Info!

Susan Coulman! Many Congrats Susan!! You should have already received an email with instructions!

and many more shops are starting sales this week. Several have continued from last week as well - having a sale is so much fun! Make sure to check them out!

also - if you would like to be our next winner - check out the initial blog post for details!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How to Make Your Own Jewelry Stamps

Sometimes commercial stamps just wont cut it...not everyone makes an = sign, a + sign or a simple circle.
That's why this technique can come in handy!
1. Start by procuring a set of steel nails. I bought hardened steel masonry nails. I should have bought longer ones (Mine are a bit short, but work fine).

2. Get a nice hot torch (I'm using a big acetylene torch). Put your nail on a fire safe surface & surround it with a few soldering blocks to keep the heat in. Turn on the torch & heat up the TIP of the nail only. Once it gets red hot, pull away the heat & let the nail cool slowly.

3. Take a jeweler's saw & saw off the tip of the nail to create a flat surface

4. Now plan out your design. I needed an = stamp, so I'm doing a simple bit of lines. Your stamp is only as good as your carving. For the first one, go with something easy- straight lines are super easy, as are basic circles (polish the outer edge then drill out the center). I did a + sign that was VERY hard to cut, but with the right tools in my flexshaft, it was possible.
5. Start by deciding how big your stamps surface should be. I used a file to taper down the head of the nail to be the square size of my final = sign marks. I then sharpied on the top two lines that I wanted to follow
6. Use a jeweler's saw, metal files, flex shaft bits, drill bits..whatever works to carve in your design. As you go, test out the design by stamping it into soft copper to see how it looks

7. Once you've finished carving, heat the tip of the nail back up, but this time once it's nice & glowing hot, QUENCH IN COLD WATER. This will harden it up
8. Now do some final finishing..I like to buff mine with a polishing compound like Zam. This will smooth out any tool marks & make it stamp cleanly. Then start stamping away!

Friday, October 8, 2010

And the Winner is..... and Sale Info!

The winner is.... Desiree Kloetsch!!! Many many congrats Desiree!
(Desiree - you should have gotten an email already w/ info for using your gift certificate)

Here is the list of shops that are having sales this week!! Make sure to check them all out to see the details:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

4th Anniversary Sale Update

Tomorrow starts our sales! (and our first giveaway!) Each Friday for the rest of the month select shops will be having sales. This is simply a comprehensive list of most of the shops participating - make sure to check back for the details or check out your favorite shops to see when they may be having a sale.

Esther Eve - EveMMetalsmith
Rebekah Meddles - Lunasa Designs
Kathryn Cole
Beth Cyr - bcyrjewelry
Danielle Miller
Catherine Chandler
Sarah Breivis- Juju By Sarah
Mike and Mary Jewelry
Maria Goti - mariagotijoyas
Kathleen Bostick
Rachael Sudlow
Kira Ferrer
mark kaplan
Meg Auth
Cynthia Del Giudice
Ashley Jewelry
Alisa Miller
Sarah Hood
Shannon Conrad - rubygirl
Gecko J

Charm Swap 6

This is so exciting seeing all these gorgeous charms coming together!
This week we have 4 more charms....

"I decided to go with the fn or function key since our function is being a jeweler/metalsmith. All I can think about is the Schoolhouse Rock song though "Conjunction Junction, what's your function?"

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Next Week: Episode 10
There's a Pattern Here
In this episode, the challenge was to design a fabric for their look that was inspired by a moment from their past.
The EtsyMetal Challenge Translation: Create a piece of jewelry inspired by a moment from your past

Due Date: Saturday, October 9, 2010

~Make it work~

**guidelines for guest participants:**
Please read this every week as there may be small updates and changes. The pieces you submit must be pieces that are made specifically for that weeks challenge. Then post a link to your challenge creation in this weeks comment area, they will be retrieved as they come in before the deadline.
We only are accepting guest submissions from our blog comment area at this time, insert your links there. Then please cross-post this to your Blog, Flickr, Etsy, etc. And tag them with "Project Runway Season 8 Episode 10." Currently we will post your name with a link and a picture of your piece on our blog. *The deadline for guest submissions will be Saturday at 12 pm, Pacific Standard Time. The new blog posts and the new challenge will go up the weekend after the new episode airs.
*new deadline

Monday, October 4, 2010

So you ask, "what is a blog carnival?"
It is group of EtsyMetal members who will collectively write a article on the monthly subject for their blog!

EtsyMetal is celebrating its 4th anniversary so this month our blog carnival is devoted to our team: EtsyMetal & Me.

Here is our blog roll call this month:

Friday, October 1, 2010

EtsyMetal's 4th Anniversary!!! - Giveaways and Sales

Ebi's 2nd Birthday

EtsyMetal is having a 4th Anniversary! To celebrate this occasion we will be having 4 $50 gift certificate giveaways the last 4 Fridays of October. You will have 4 chances to enter in to the giveaways, but you only have to do #1.

#1 Sign up for our new email list! It is really easy - see that big button at the top of our blog that says "Subscribe for our Newsletter" - click there!

#2 Blog about it! Write a blog post and leave a comment here with a link to your post.

#3 Tweet about our anniversary linking to this blog post - then comment on this blog post with a link to your tweet or twitter acct to let us know!

#4 Facebook it! Post a link to this blog post on your facebook page and let us know by leaving a comment on this blog post.

Here is the schedule of our drawings:
1 - Oct 8th
2 - Oct 15th
3 - Oct 22nd
4 - Oct 29th

If you sign up for our newsletter the first week, but your name is not chosen - your name will remain in the hat! Each person can have up to 4 entries and depending on when you enter - that could mean 16 chances to win! Each winner will only be able to win once - so there will be 4 different winners. The winner will be contacted directly and will be posted on the blog the Friday morning of the drawing. The gift certificate can be used at any EtsyMetal Member's shop. Specific instructions on using the gift certificate will be emailed directly to the winner.

In addition to each weekly drawing - EtsyMetal members will celebrating by having individual sales! Each Friday blog post will list the shops having sales. The first round of sales will start Friday Oct 8th.

So to recap:
Sign up for our newsletter!
Help us promote!
Buy handmade jewelry and be happy!

Happy Anniversary EtsyMetal! It's been a great 4 years!

Gift Certificates may not be awarded to an EtsyMetal Member. Each person can only win one time. Gift certificates must be used in entirety at one member's shop - no splitting of the $50 will occur. No cash will be 'refunded' to the winner. The winner will work directly with the seller/etsymetal member of their choice. EtsyMetal will transfer the $50 to the seller/member's shop when the transaction has been agreed upon. If the amount is over $50 the winner will be responsible for paying the seller the balance (unless otherwise discussed with the seller). If the amount is under $50, no cash or credit will be given to the winner. There is no technical expiration date, though we encourage winners to shop soon while all our members are sprucing up their shops and putting items on sale!

October Challenge - "Pablo Picasso"

Our October monthly team challenge due to September 30 was ....
"Pablo Picasso"
Pablo Picasso was born on Tuesday, October 25,  in Born in the city of Malaga in the Andalusian region of Spain
He died on Sunday, April 08, 1973, in Mougins, France.


 Our Novenber monthly team challenge due to October 31st is ....
"My EtsyMetal"
EtsyMetal was born 4 years ago
Happy Birthday! 

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cham Swap 6

Charms are flowing in...

"Harvest Moons"
"Sterling silver moons that were plated in 24K, then brushed and plated a second time. Then darkened with diluted silver black and brushed with 0000 steel wool."

"My whole year has been about making rings, so you all get mini ring charms! They are little 12g rings with riveted plastic LEGO flowers."

Ann Jenkins / tuizui 

So gorgeous !!!  Keep follow our charm swap 6 !
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