Mar 28, 2015

Metal Stamping Classes April 18th 2015 in Peoria

Metal Stamping Class
Adults and Children

Students will learn to use metal stamps to create 
original pieces of Food Safe Aluminum Jewelry

Class Fee $20

Max 10 Students



Saturday, April 18, 2015

10:30am - 12pm

***All supplies are included.

All Classes Held in Lower Studio 
820 SW Adams St 
Peoria, IL 61602
***Enter through back.

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Jan 8, 2015

Rolling Mill Texture Embossing Plate

Ear in the Envelope Inc now carries a variety of Rolling Mill Texture Embossing Plates.

You can find these Rolling Mill Texture Embossing Plates in our Etsy shop at: 


A Rolling Mill is a GREAT jewelry making tool.

A Rolling Mill combined with a Rolling Mill plate can create amazing texture patterns in your metal jewelry.

A Rolling Mill is a heavy manual machine with two hardened steel rollers, a tension adjustment and a crank that moves the metal and a texture plate through the rollers.  The pressure created by the rolling motion presses the design from the Rolling mill plate into the metal.  Adjusting to a tighter tension will create a deeper impression.

Durston is my favorite brand of Rolling Mill.  Their quality is amazing and they accept the thicker Rolling Mill Texture Embossing Plates.

Here’s a link to the Rolling Mill we use at Ear in the  Envelope Inc:


Rolling Mill Texture Embossing Plates - are placed on a piece of dead soft metal and rolled through the rolling mill which creates a beautiful impressions in the metal.

Until now there were a limited number of designs available.  I don’t know about you, but I need variety.



HERE's a Video on How to Line Up Your Blanks on the Celtic Rolling Mill Plate

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So we took on the challenge of creating a good variety of Rolling Mill plates for our customers.  A group of fantastic artists have been working to create some amazing designs.  We will also accept custom requests for rolling mill texture embossing plates.

These plates measure 3” x 6” with a thickness of just about 1/16” (actual .053”).

***WARNING - Our Rolling Mill plates will NOT work on the Eurotool Rolling Mill.  The rollers will not extend far enough to for the thickness of our stainless plates.  

I recommend using a Durston Rolling Mill.  Make sure that your rolling mill can accept a width of 3”.

Our current list of designs are:
- Puzzle
- Wavey Leaves
- Van Gogh Swirls

*****PLEASE let us know what designs you would like?

Enjoy creating,
Liz :-)




Ear in the Envelope Inc.


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These are a few of the most helpful links on my blog:


**WHAT SUPPLIES DO I NEED TO GET STARTED METAL STAMPING

INSTRUCTIONS FOR METAL STAMPING
HOW TO SIZE A CUFF

RING SIZING INFORMATION

**Video: HOW TO USE A WRAP 'N TAP (Ring Bending Tool)

**Video: HOW TO USE A BRACELET BENDER

TWO SIDE METAL STAMPING
http://pendantfusion.blogspot.com/2014/07/metal-stamping-on-two-sides.html
HOW TO CREATE CONTRAST IN YOUR ALUMINUM STAMPED PROJECTS

**Video: HOW TO ATTACH RIVETS AND EYELETS

HOW TO MAKE A WRAP RING
http://pendantfusion.blogspot.com/2014/03/wrap-rings-how-to-make.html

HOW TO BEND A TIE BAR OR MONEY CLIP

MONEY CLIP DETAILS - CREATING THE SNAP

HOW TO CREATE TEXTURE WITH A ROLLING MILL

TUMBLING YOUR OWN ALUMINUM BLANKS

HOW TO PUNCH HOLES IN YOUR HEART CHARMS VIDEO


Oct 16, 2014

Our TEAM at Ear in the Envelope Inc

Ear in the Envelope is the name of our business.

Gottagettadeal is the name of our ETSY shop.

www.foodsafemetal is our blog

Watch this great video about our business and our team.

video


It takes an amazing TEAM of people to cut, corner and polish blanks for our customers.  

Each employee is hard working, dedicated and has an eye for detail.

We currently have 9 employees:

Lizz Barnes – Owner and Artist
Clint Kehlert – Manager, Artist and Musician
Liz Guerrero – Studio Assistant, Custom Orders and Musician
Peter Kennel – Studio Assistant, Chef, Tool Maintenance, Artist and Musician
Zachary Leachman – Studio Assistant, Tumbling Manager, Artist and Musician
Jordan Delgadillo – Metal Cutting, Refunds, Artist
Chris Smith – Studio Assistant, Musician
Kavante Barnett – Studio Assistant and People Care
Jessica Peterson – Sublimation and Printing Services, Photography, Artist


******Order your metal stamping blanks and supplies****** 
from our ETSY shop gottagettadeal






  

Thanks for your business!  

Enjoy being CREATIVE!!!!
Lizz and the TEAM

Ear in the Envelope Inc

Metal Stamping Supplies Blanks and Tools

Check out our ETSY shop gottagettadeal


Food Safe Aluminum Stamping Blanks, Sterling Metal Stamping Blanks, Brass Metal Stamping Blanks, Copper Metal Stamping Blanks, Metal Stamping Tools, Polishing Cloths

**********Proud to Carry Food Safe Metal - Safe for Your Skin!!!!****************





Sep 12, 2014

Setting Rapid Rivets in Leather Cuffs

Setting Rivets in Leather can be a challenge.  
But with a few tips you can succeed!



You'll need a Leather Cuff and an ID Tag with 2 holes.
The leather cuff I am using is 1/8" thick and the ID Tag is .063" thick.


Step One:  Flip the cuff over so you can make marks on the back.
Find the center of the leather cuff.






Step 2:  Center the Blank on the back of the leather cuff.



Step 3: Use a pen to mark the location of the holes.



Step 4: Use the smallest hole on a leather punch.  
Punch holes in the marked locations.



Step 5: Flip the cuff over to the front.  
Place the blank in the correct position making sure to line up the holes.
Place the post half of the Rapid Rivets through the hole.


***I use Mini Rapid Rivets for this project because the holes 
on the oval tag are about 1.5mm.  Because this is just barely long enough 
for the thickness of the metal, you will not be able to use a setter 
or the regular recommended process.


Step 6: Flip the cuff over and attache the rivet caps.  
Hammer the cap until you are sure that the two pieces are attached.
Make sure to use a hard steel hammer.


Step 7: At this time you can flip your cuff and over so the ID tag shows.
Use the large curved end of a chasing hammer to smooth the shape
of your rivet.  

****You will notice that the rivet will be flat or
may dome inward.  The is because we are not able to use the domed setter.
Since the rivet we are using is so short, we're trying to
squeeze every but of length out of the post.



******You will notice that your blank is very flat.  
You can add a cure to the ID tag by using a curving block.


Step 8:  Flip the bracelet face down into the curve of the block.


Place the block on top of the cuff and hammer.
Double check to make sure that your rivets are still secure.


Voila!!!!  You have a beautiful ID Cuff!!!

All of these supplies are available in our ETSY Shop
click above to go to our shop


Enjoy creating!
Lizz Barnes 
Ear in the Envelope Inc


Aug 27, 2014

Ring Sizing Information

Ring Sizing can be a headache, but with some simple tools you can be successful.

You'll need a ring sizer.  There are a few different styles in paper, plastic or metal.













Blue Nile has a great link to a PDF and specific size measurements.
http://www.bluenile.com/find-ring-size?click_id=618313088&gclid=CjwKEAjwg_afBRD3rpChlqiKt1ESJACwY6NkxWGU

Remember that we at Ear in the Envelope use the US sizes.

Here is the sizing for the Ear in the Envelope ring blanks:

REGULAR

Small - Size 5-6...... 2"

Medium - Size 6-8...... 2-1/4"

Large - Size 8-10...... 2-1/2"

XL - Size 10-12...... 2-3/4"


WRAPS

Regular Wrap - Size 5-1/2 - 7... 3"

XL Wrap - Size 7-9... 3-1/4"


2XL Wrap - Size 10-12... 3-1/2"

Just a note, the gauge of the blank can add a bit of variation to the sizing.  The more you work with the blanks, the easier estimating sizing will become.

Hope this helps,


Lizz

FALL 2014 CLASSES at Ear in the Envelope Inc

FALL 2014 CLASSES
820 SW Adams, Peoria, IL 61602
309-550-3518
820adams@gmail.com
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John Selburg

DRAWING FOR ADULTS 14+
Class Fee $120 
Mondays - 6-8pm

SESSION I
September 8 - October 20
***NO CLASS October 13

SESSION 2
November 3 - December 15
***NO CLASS November 24

***Drop in for one class    
$20 per class
Students will be challenged and guided through a variety of styles and media, including graphite, pen, and charcoal.
All skill levels are welcome.
***Students will need an 8 x 10 or larger Sketchbook a white eraser and a #2 pencil.  All other supplies are included.
Classes Held in Upper Studio 
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Kids Metal Stamping Classes
Age 7-13

***Parents welcome.
Class Fee $25
Saturdays, 11am - 12pm
September 13, October 11, November 15

Students will learn to hammer punches into metal to create original pieces of Food Safe Aluminum Jewelry.
All tools and supplies are included.
Classes Held in Lower Studio
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Lizz Barnes
JEWELRY FOR ADULTS - 13+ 

Simple Soldered Sterling Rings
Saturday, September 20
9-12pm
Class Fee $50

Glass Fusing
Saturday, October 25
9-12pm
Class Fee $50

Flip Rings
Hammer a Washer into an amazing ring. - 1 Copper and 1 Sterling Ring
Saturday, December 6
9-12pm
Class Fee $50
***All supplies are included.
Classes Held in Lower Studio
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Date / Class Choice _________________________

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from any and all liability, loss, change, injury, or expense that I
or my child may suffer as a result of participation in Art Classes
at Ear in the Envelope Inc. In signing the foregoing release, I
hereby acknowledge and represent that I have read the foregoing
release, and understand it and agree to it voluntarily. In the event
of an accident or illness Lizz Barnes, John Selburg, is authorized
and empowered to obtain any medical care deemed necessary for
my child until I can be reached. I will assume financial responsibility
for all medical charges incurred in such an emergency.

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Ear in the Envelope Inc
820 SW Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61602
309-550-3518
820adams@gmail.com

Jul 31, 2014

Metal Stamping on two sides

Many of you have asked about how to metal stamp on two sides.

The key is to prevent marking on the opposite side and to use a light hand when you hammer the punch.

I've found that the best solution is to use a piece of packing tape to cover your metal block.



This will protect the metal from taking on any of the scratches or texture that may be on your block.

A simple but very effective method for metal stamping on two sides of a blank.


If you have any other suggestions, please comment and share your wisdom.

Thanks!  Enjoy Creating!
Lizz Barnes

Ear in the Envelope Inc

Gottagettadeal on ETSY

www.foodsafemetal.com

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