Jennifer Williams

Jewelry Information Archives - Jennifer Williams

Smith Little Torch Counterfeit

I bought a great new torch! Always being on the lookout for good deals, I have been occasionally checking Craigslist and ebay for a well priced torch. Finally, I picked up a “new in-box” Smith […]

Apr, 14

New Place, New Studio Space

In the last month, we’ve moved from Savannah, GA to Lexington, KY, and I have started a new full-time job as a repair jeweler. Having so much newness in my life is pretty exhausting, so […]

Sep, 29

Casting a Ring, Part III: Finishing

A newly cast ring still requires a lot of work before it is ready to wear. I began by carving a wax model, (see Part I) which I invested and cast (see Part II). Now […]

Aug, 10

Casting a Ring, Part II: Investing and Casting

In Part I of this series, I showed how a wax model of a ring is made while Part III covers finishing a cast ring. In this installment, I demonstrate how a wax model becomes […]

Aug, 04

Casting a Ring, Part I: Wax Model

There is so much to love about lost wax casting! Since a great deal of jewelry is cast, I thought it would be fun to share the process with you. Lost wax casting starts with […]

Jul, 25

Dapping Punches

Dapping punch sets make great gifts for jewelry makers! I received one off my wishlist as a Christmas gift. Since I didn’t have my own and every studio jeweler needs one, I figured the Jumbo […]

Jul, 18

Rawhide Mallets

A Shiny New Rawhide Mallet I love new tools… Except a new rawhide mallet. Sometimes a beat up old tool is better than a new one. A new mallet has a really hard surface and […]

Jul, 16

How to fix a dented hammer

Despite our best efforts, hammers get dented from time to time. Goldsmith, planishing, and forging hammers all require smooth, polished faces to work as intended. These types of hammers can be very expensive to replace, […]

Apr, 13

SCAD jewelry at The Limited

Wow, it was so exciting to see this on The Limited’s website. Everyone who took this class worked really hard and it was so great to see our pieces in person, and featured online! These […]

Sep, 23

Customizing an automatic center punch

Creating a small divot on your metal before drilling a hole makes the task much easier. The indentation prevents your drill bit from dancing around the surface of your piece, causing unsightly scratches. Traditionally, this […]

Aug, 20

Removing Rust

Working in humid climates is tough on steel tools. Despite checking for rust and oiling tools once a week, some tools still end up with light surface rust. Frequent handling, damp metal, and pickle splashes […]

Jul, 27

Fixing Dents on Steel Stakes

Working as a metals and jewelry shop monitor at an educational institution means frequently fixing damaged tools. Inexperienced students, as expected, often make mistakes that result in damaged tools and equipment. The items that require […]

Jul, 26


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