westernmountain

Western Mountain Jewelry

Grass Valley, California | 11038 Sales

westernmountain

Western Mountain Jewelry

Grass Valley, California 11038 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars (4341)

All Items

Western Mountain

Contact shop owner

Western Mountain

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.

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.

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(4341)
See reviews that mention:
quality 402 shipping 857 customer service 616

Updates

Vermeil. Sterling silver with 18k gold.
Golden Citrine Same price

Tagged in this photo

Citrine version of Sun ring.
View all 5 updates

About

Jewelry As Art

It is quite easy and inexpensive to set up a home jewelry casting 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 for less than $200. A kiln capable of reaching 1500 degrees Fahrenheit I constructed out of firebricks and heated with propane; 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. 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 and in some ways differentiates the artist. Insight for a design is a flash of light but a finished model comes from diligent work and many hours.
My shop is in my home and I have been a jewelry artist, manufacturer, designer, fabricator, gemologist and vendor for 25 years. During that time I have acquired very useful equipment such as a very 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 $5000.
When I was studying jewelry making 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 capable of producing 100 pieces a day if need be. I ship worldwide and thank you Etsy for that and for the 10,000 friends of my shop. My studio is in the foothills of northern California in the forest community of Grass Valley which happens to be an artistic and creative wellspring and a wonderful source of inspiration. Jewelry creation is fun and I very much enjoy hearing from and sharing with other artists who are finding their way.

Around the web

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on May 18, 2019
Frequently asked questions
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