westernmountain

Western Mountain Jewelry

Grass Valley, California On Etsy since 2007

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westernmountain

Western Mountain Jewelry

Grass Valley, California | 12,029 Sales

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Announcement    Thank you for visiting my shop. I design and hand make sterling silver pendants, earrings and rings of animal and nature themes. Most of these original designs are also available with a variety of stones. All items are brand new and manufactured with pure sterling silver and all safe materials.

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Thank you for visiting my shop. I design and hand make sterling silver pendants, earrings and rings of animal and nature themes. Most of these original designs are also available with a variety of stones. All items are brand new and manufactured with pure sterling silver and all safe materials.

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Sales 12,029
On Etsy since 2007

Jewelry As Art

Jewelry has meaning. It is quite easy and inexpensive to set up a home jewelry shop and begin creating original designs. I have 5 work stations in my studio: (1) A model creating work station (I use wax models), (2) A space for investing the model in a casting flask, (3) A burnout area with a kiln, (4) A casting station for injecting metal into the hot flask (I use sterling silver) and (5) a finishing area.
When I started making jewelry, I made all of my own equipment. A kiln capable of reaching 1500 degrees Fahrenheit I made out of old firebricks. I learned a steam casting technique using a clay flower pot and an electric hot plate. My hand finishing tools were garage sale items that I modified and an old motor was perfect for polishing. I still use those venerable old hand tools and their value to me is incalculable. It is actually quite useful and beneficial to make your own tools because the same skills needed to fabricate tools are also valuable for jewelry work.
I have found that wax sculpting, for me, was and is the most rewarding and difficult part of the process. The mechanics of manufacturing jewelry can be easily learned; creating original figurines with perfect detail can take many years to master. Insight for a design is a flash of light or a dream; a finished original model comes from diligent work and many hours.
My shop is in my home and I have been a jewelry designer, fabricator, gemologist, teacher, metallurgist and vendor for three decades. During that time I have acquired much useful equipment such as a reliable electric wax pen, a vacuum chamber and pump, a flex shaft polishing motor (or two), vibratory finishing machines, a good torch, a centrifugal casting machine, a pressurized wax injector, and many elegant hand tools. Some tools are best purchased if the resources are available and in that regard a small home jewelry shop with impressive capacity could be set up with excellent tools for a small investment.
When I was studying jewelry in the art department at Palomar College in San Diego I also had a shop in part of a garage. Now I have a 200 square foot studio , which is still quite small, but with a delightful and efficient work space capable of producing multiple pieces a day if need be. I ship worldwide and thank you Etsy for that , 13 years and 12000 shop friends. My studio is in the foothills of northern California in the forest town of Grass Valley which is a wonderful artistic and creative community. My work is an expression of love. Nature is conscious and likewise expresses unconditional love. Jewelry creation is natural and elegant and fun and a possible career for anyone with creative inclinations and some manual dexterity and a willingness to learn. I have very much appreciated hearing from the many artists who understand our part in nature and are finding their own way to show their own indescribable love through their own creative work. Best to you all. courtney

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Last updated on May 18, 2019
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Custom and personalized orders

I gladly accept requests for customization

Sizing details

I offer all of my ring designs in any size up to size 13

Wholesale availability

I accept wholesale orders

Materials

All of my Etsy designs are pure sterling silver and all safe gemstones