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The Blog — handmade jewelry

Clearing out older work

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Clearing out older work

As much as I love most of the older pieces I've created, at a certain point, I want to clear them out if they haven't sold. That helps make way for new work. At the end of the day, I don't want to have too much inventory. To that end, I've got a Sale section on my website with a good assortment of items, all of them top quality. It's a great opportunity for you to save 30% on all kinds of my handmade jewelry. You don't even need a code - the discount is applied automatically at checkout. You DO...

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A circuitous route to jewelry-making

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A circuitous route to jewelry-making

You might not know that I only became a full-time jewelry-maker when I was 51. At 18, I took a course and was seriously bitten by the metalsmithing bug. Then I did an apprenticeship with a local jeweler one summer. I got sidetracked into journalism and ended up writing and editing for about 30 years, which worked well when I had my kids. But I'd always hoped to get back to jewelry. I finally took a refresher course when I was 50 and that was it! I started with a tiny studio in a little porch in Toronto. And more courses. Then came my online shop. About...

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Always seeking alternative materials

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Always seeking alternative materials

Here, at Le Chien Noir Jewelry, I try to work with recycled metals as much as possible. I melt my scraps into ingots that I can roll out and reuse in my jewelry. I also seek out and use some really wonderful recycled materials. Some of the alternatives I've discovered and love include: Leland blue - cut from beautiful antique slag, a waste product from the smelting process used in the late 1800s by the Leland Lake Superior Iron Company. Here's an example from my shop.  Fordite - cut from built-up layers of dried paint used in painting cars in factories. It becomes colorful...

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Why buy handmade jewelry?

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Why buy handmade jewelry?

There are so many reasons to choose handmade jewelry over mass-produced. Here are a few reasons to opt for handmade: 1) They're made by a jeweler's or artisan's actual hands, meaning they're going to be unique! 2) Jewelry makers are highly likely to choose more sustainable, ethically sourced  materials, making handmade jewelry a greener purchase. 3) When jewelry is handmade, it's often more likely to be made from better quality materials, and the final product is more likely to be better quality. 4) Small studios are better able to create exactly what they want to create, so chances are good you'll...

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How to care for your jewelry

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How to care for your jewelry

Treat your jewelry with respect and it'll be with you forever!

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