Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Oxidized Sterling Silver Charm Necklaces - Edgy Style!

There are brand new charm necklaces from Valerie Tyler Designs now in the online shop.  They feature tiny oxidized sterling silver pendants, textured and then lightly buffed for a rustic, industrial style.

To shop, clockwise from top to bottom left:
Boho Style Teardrop Charm Necklace, $32
Pine Needle Circle Charm Necklace, $32
Branches Teardrop Charm Necklace, $34
(prices subject to change)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

NEW Rose Gold Jewelry from Valerie Tyler Designs

I've recently added some new rose gold jewelry to the Valerie Tyler Designs jewelry collection including earrings and necklaces, and even a personalized tag necklace.  Rose gold is one of the hottest metals in jewelry this year with soft pinkish hue and a touch of luxury.

Prices currently range from $22-$29
Clockwise from left to bottom right:


Think Spring! Robin's Egg Blue Jewelry from my Miscellanea Collection


In wishful Spring thinking I pulled together some pieces from my Miscellanea collection to share with you today that feature a striking robin's egg blue color!  Can't wait until the warmer weather finds it's way back, but in the meantime you can purchase all these pieces to bring some Spring into your wardrobe.

Clockwise from top left to bottom left (prices range from $17-$46):


Sunday, February 23, 2014

New Handmade Metalwork Jewelry

Before baby was due I hit the studio and got creative stocking up with lots of new one of a kind pieces and a few new limited edition designs.  The new collection was created with lots of texture, shape and fold-forming and I'm thrilled with how the jewelry turned out.
Each piece was made by hand, using traditional metalsmithing tools and I even did all the buffing and finishing by hand too.  Prices range from $20-$150

 (or go directly to etsy at http://www.valerietyler.etsy.com)


Tools of the Jewelry Trade: Hammers

Time to share a few more tools of the jewelry trade today.  My all time favorite tool to use is a hammer!  There is something gratifying about pounding away at a piece of metal to create something beautiful. Collecting hammers can be a very addictive thing for a jeweler though as there are many different types for many different uses.

A jeweler can have a rawhide mallet, brasshead mallet, nylon mallet, chasing hammer, planishing hammer, riveting hammer, texturing hammer, ball-peen hammer and on..and on....and on....
Not only that, you can find all these hammers in many different sizes for many different projects.  It's hard to know when to stop collecting.

I typically use a plain old ball peen hammer for most of my work, a rawhide mallet for bending metal I don't want to mar, and occasionally texturing hammers.

Other tools like forming blocks, mandrels and anvils can extend the use of hammers even further.