Slashpile Designs Blog
Calculator Word Bracelets March 13 2015
We have a new product for spring!
Were you ever bored enough in math or science class to type words on your calculator instead of solving the problems? perfect for the studious type and math-class delinquents alike, these bracelets let you share your calculator message with the world.
The numbers are engraved in a calculator font on a brass plate, and you can choose whichever word you want, as long as it can be spelled with upside-down numbers! The chains are brass with black enamel.
Spring makes me happy! May 28 2014
This weather we've been getting has been all over the place (hot hot temperatures, thunderstorms...I never know what it's going to be like the next time I step out the door!) HOWEVER, what's so great about the weather is that it's perfect for kickstarting the growth of all the plants and trees!! This means, I've been spending as much time in the garden as possible and watching it get super lush!!
And with that, I'll leave you with some photos of the wonderful natural things that are happening in the backyard as well as some related Slashpile Designs jewellery pieces! :)
New dinosaurs joined our herd! July 04 2013
Now introducing new dinosaurs to the herd! Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus (or Apatosaurus) will soon be joining T-Rex on our website and in our Etsy shop! These necklaces are a fun way to show your love of dinosaurs. Pick your favourite prehistoric beast and wear it proudly! Even more dino necklaces are in the works... Pre-order a Stegosaurus or Brontosaurus necklace by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or order a T-Rex necklace in our Etsy shop here. :)
Culture of Living Publicly April 13 2013
We are living in an age where people announce everything online, from pregnancy to breakups to what they ate for breakfast. Social media is allowing us to share even the smallest details of our lives with everyone we know (and even many people we don’t).
In 2012, Facebook reached 1 billion active users. And that’s not the only platform for social media. Through blogging, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, we are able to share photos of everything and even our most menial spur-of-the-moment thoughts. It is clear that people are not only willing, but are also very eager to share these details of their lives with the world. This trend shows how important it is for people to express themselves and tell their personal stories.
And that's exactly what we do--we create jewellery tells a story. Whether that story is your caffeine addiction, the fact that you injured yourself while doing something you are passionate about or that you successfully completed a full season of tree planting--you can find it at Slashpile Designs. And if you can't find the piece you are looking for to express your specific story, we'll make it for you!
Behind the scenes: How we make our Lost & Found Rings! August 21 2012
Since I've been making lots of rings lately, I thought it would be cool to share the process with you! Here is a behind-the-scenes, step-by-step description of what goes into making our Lost and Found Rings. Pretty please, don't try this at home unless you are a trained jeweler. :)
First I pick out the stone I want to use for my ring and I select what type of bezel wire I want to use. In this case, I chose a beautiful large, round carnelian, and I decided to set it in a simple, straight bezel setting (we also have scalloped or serrated bezel wire). I get my materials ready (bezel wire, stone, ring band and silver sheet), then I get started by measuring the length of bezel wire I will need to go around the stone.
I cut the length I need, file the ends so that they match up perfectly, bend the whole piece into kind of a 'D' shape, then solder the ends together. After soldering, the silver is slightly oxidized, so I have to put it in an acid called 'pickle' that makes it nice and shiny again. I then press the 'D' shape around the stone, making sure it fits perfectly (no jiggling, or else the stone can loosen itself and eventually fall out!).
Next, I trace the size of silver sheet that I need and cut it out using a jeweller's saw. This part doesn't have to be perfectly even, but there needs to be extra space just in case the pieces shift while soldering. I then solder the bezel onto the sheet (the third photo is what the silver looks like after soldering).
Pickle again to clean the piece, then file the edges of the sheet so that they are flush with the bezel. I then sand the entire thing with my emery sticks starting with 220 emery, then 320, then 400 and then 600 (as you can see, this the part of the process that takes the most time!)
I then put the setting aside and get my ring band ready, first by sizing it, soldering it together, cleaning it up with rotary tools and emery paper, and then filing one side as flat as possible to make a clean soldering seam between the band and the bottom of the setting.
Now, where it all comes together! Soldering the band onto the setting. Pickle again, emery again, then see if the stone fits...and it does!
Now, the most rewarding part--Setting the stone! Using my pusher, I start to push the bezel tight around the stone. I push on one side, then the opposite side, making sure not to go in a rotating sequence around the stone (which can cause more material to end up at one side). I then push in between my first pushes, over and over again until the setting is somewhat smooth.
I use this tool, called a burnisher, to smooth out the setting even more. I then use 600 emery paper to clean it up even more and then throw it in the tumbler to shine up that surface! The finish from the tumbler gives the silver a soft shine.
I take it out of the tumbler and TA-DA! My ring is ready to wear (or list on Etsy!)