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Heather Schramm

Sterling Silver

2019 Booth Set-Up

Booth SetupHeather Schramm

Thank you for checking out my latest post! Today, I wanted to highlight some of the changes that I’ve made in my set-up since last season. These changes were necessary, as I have been invited to attend larger juried events this season.

Here is a-little background in 2018, I decided it was time to try my hand at selling my work through juried shows and makers markets. After attending my first few juried events, I realized that not only do I really enjoy getting to talk about my work and interacting with so many different people. But, I need to refine my booth set-up because my little 6’ folding table wasn’t enough. See the photograph of my booth from 2018 below.

Close-up of 2018 Booth Set-Up

Close-up of 2018 Booth Set-Up

My vision for the the 2019 season, is to make my booth more of a gallery experience for the visitor. In order to achieve this look, I will be using the walls of my 10’x10’ tent which will allow each visitor to focus on the work they see displayed in my booth. I have also purchased ergonomic flooring from Displays2Go in order to create a consistent floor no matter the setting. There will be two 6’ tables covered with black table cloths. One of these tables will have a portrait, artist statement, guestbook, and clear acrylic risers and jewelry displays for my work. The other table will have additional clear acrylic risers with jewelry displays and the check out. Please see the photograph below for current set-up.

Design and Fabrication: Harvest Moon

Process, EarringsHeather Schramm

Thank you for coming back to check out my latest post! Today, I will be sharing some of the finer details on my Harvest Moon Earrings.

There are many things that inspire me while designing new pieces. Take these earrings for example, they were inspired by my favorite season, Autumn and planned to be demonstration piece for my cold connections class. “It’s" Riveting” focuses on these connections and when they are used in jewelry. This workshop allows students to plan and execute a piece using at least one of the three rivets they learned in the class. In the class, students learn how to make a standard, tube, and hidden rivet.

After sketching and choosing the pair of earrings that will best represent my class. I textured the copper using a cross pein hammer and cut out the fence using a jewelers saw. Next, I used my template to cut out each sterling silver circle. The bezel was soldered onto the sterling silver backing. During this process it is important for all components to be filed and sanded before assembly. Now, the process of riveting can begin I used a flex shaft/drill press to drill each hole in the piece and each rivet was hand cut then filed to size. One by one rivets were added to the earrings using a riveting hammer and anvil. This pair of earrings features both standard and hidden rivets which take time to fine-tune and correct.

Please take a look at some of my process photo’s below!

Design and Fabrication: Paleontological Discoveries

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Hello and thank you for reading my blog. This year I have decided to start blogging in order to share part of my design and fabrication process.

Each final design starts with a sketch. After selecting a beautifully cut fossilized coral egg, I needed to start sketching potential designs. Sketching helps me narrow down ideas and decide elements of each individual piece. In this case, I added two 6mm Black Onyx cabochons in order to really make the color of the fossilized coral pop!

After I finalize a design, I began the process of fabricating the necklace. Each element of the chain has been hand sawn from sterling silver sheet or wire. The wire is then shaped to create each individual link in the chain. After soldering everything together, I hand filed and sanded the piece to the finish represented in the second image. I then used a tumbler to work harden and add the satin finish to the necklace. Lastly, after it has been rinsed and dried, I completed the necklace by setting the stones.

Presenting Paleontological Discoveries!