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Keum Boo – fusing 24k gold to fine silver

by francine on Jun.16, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry

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Milwaukee

I recently attended the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee, WI. I learned the technique of Keum Boo.

Keum Boo is an ancient technique which fuses 24k gold to fine silver.  It is an ancient Korean gilding technique.  Pure precious metals like gold and silver have similar anatomic structures and, therefore, can be bonded.

The fine silver or sterling silver which has been depleted creating a layer of fine silver, must be heated up to 500-700 degrees fahrenheit for the gold to create a bond.  Then you burnish the gold to the silver to create a complete bond.

The piece in the picture was oxidized to allow for even more contrast but it is equally as pretty without the oxidation.

Keum boo is a great way to add value and depth to your silver pieces.

Francine Ruth

www.jewelrybyfrancine.com

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Stamping – Creating personalized gifts

by francine on Apr.21, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

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Hand stamping is such a wonderful way to create unique, personalized gifts. There are endless styles of stamp choices for everyone’s style. There are also fun stamps like hearts, babies feet and even dog bones.

It is not that difficult to learn how to stamp but I would test it out first on scrap copper so you can test out the spacing and how hard you need to hammer. The great think about hand stamping is that part of the charm is that it is not perfect :)

So if you are looking for that wonderful personalized gift which will last a lifetime, a hand stamped, sterling silver gift is perfect!

Check a few on our shop – www.jewelrybyfrancine.com

Personalized Sterling Silver Treasures!


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Pearl, pearls and more pearls!

by francine on Apr.09, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry

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Sunset

Sunset

If you are like me, you have pearls all over the place, including the floor. As you know, pearls come in many different sizes and shapes. They are all beautiful and add that something special to a piece of jewelry.

I recently collected up all of my stray pearls from the floor of my studio and decided to create something with them.

Since I did not have enough for an entire necklace and there were too many different sizes to create a bracelet where they were simply string on beading wire, I decided to drill larger holes in them and knot them on linen.

While drilling pearls is not overly difficult, it is very dusty project and you MUST wear a mask to avoid breathing in all of that dust.

After the pearls were drilled, they were strung and knotted on black linen. The clasp is actually a button and works quite well on this piece as it breaks up the color and adds some shine.

This project will work with any color or shapes of pearls. So check out your stash of loose pearls and let’s see what you come up with!

You can check more of my creations here – http://jewelrybyfrancine.com/

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