Jewelry making for dummies

This post brought to you by Summer of Groupon. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I’m beyond excited to share with you my latest adventure! I’ve forayed into the world of jewelry making, my friends. REAL jewelry making – like with saws, wire, metal, and flames. A female version of how men sit around the campfire and eat cooked meats! One of my closest friends Candie Cooper is a jewelry maker (with a real degree in it), and I’ve always wanted to know what goes into it. So you better believe that when Groupon had a deal for jewelry making at Amalgam Arts Atlanta, I was all over it. Take me to your studio!

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I was surprised to see that a jewelry studio actually looks nothing like I expected. I sort of pictured a bead store with a little table for working at. You know, with bead curtains that you walk through and jewelry in states of being made everywhere. But it looks a lot like a real workshop – and that’s because it is! It was moments into our lesson that I realized what was really required in jewelry making.

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There is sawing on metal, my friends. Pounding with hammers. Lighting things on fire. And all this to make a gorgeous ring:

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(This ring is not mine; it’s the finished piece when we are done with the class and I’m just modeling).

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I brought my friend Maya, and we learned how to use jewelry saws. We even learned how to change the blades!!

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I’m going to be honest, I LOVED learning how to use the tools. Once we sawed the metal, we learned how to bend it, solder it, and turn our ring into a circle. At times, we even got a little punchy:

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But we did great! Our instructor was absolutely amazing. She’s such a talented jewelry maker and a perfect teacher. Plus she let us use a soldering tool. I’ve always wanted to do that!

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Take a peek at the video below to get a summary of what we did on our first night.


Yep, we’re going back!

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Right now our metal bands are complete, and we’re so excited to go back and finish them. After the ring we have two other projects – which is a smokin’ deal for the 50% coupon that we got from Groupon. I can’t wait for next week! Here are some final shots from the night – my shoe/sock combo and the teacher’s dog Rabbit:

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I’m having such an awesome time with my Summer of Groupon adventures. You have to come back and visit in a few days, because the next adventure is going to be so wild that I’m using a video camera to capture it. See you soon, and don’t forget to visit Groupon for the latest additions to their Summer Shop, and exciting adventures and deals in your area!

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