It’s the end of 2018!

With less than 7 weeks till we are in 2019, and the year end madness in full swing, I though I would share some information and dates with you for our panning for the next couple of weeks.  **BLACK FRIDAY / CYBER MONDAY** We are combining Black Friday and Cyber Monday into one massive Cyber Sale Weekend! Discount coupon and discount percentage to be released on Thursday, 22 November 2018 on the Facebook page.  The discount coupon will be valid from Friday, 23 November 2018 – Monday, 26 November 2018. * ONLINE orders only* Excludes current sale items ** MEMORIAL ORDER CUT OFF DATE ** If you are ordering a Memorial / Keepsake item as a Christmas present, the cut of date is 30 November 2018. All Memorial / Keepsake items ordered and paid for by this date will be guaranteed under the tree this year. Please make sure that all orders are placed and paid for by this date to avoid disappointment. Due to the nature of the processes involved to make these items, I cannot allow any exceptions to this date.  Please understand that it is sometimes a several week process to create one of these items. This cut off date also applies to custom orders. ** LAST ORDER DATE 2018 ** Our very last order and payment date for Christmas presents is Wednesday, 12 December 2018. Last courier date 18/19 December 2018. You are welcome to place an order after this date, but please note that your order might not be under the tree in time. Find us at Pretty Crafty! Find yourself looking for a Christmas present after 12 December 2018? Find us at Pretty Crafty in Shelly Beach, KZN: 1288 Queen Street. Central Shelly BeachShelly Beach, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa  Trading times:  08:30 – 17:00  (Please check with Read More

How to care for Copper & Brass Jewelry

Copper is an essential trace mineral necessary for survival. Most of the copper in the body is found in the liver, brain, heart, kidneys and skeletal muscle. Copper helps with the formation of collagen, increases the absorption of iron and plays a role in energy production.A Masai Shepard wears his bracelet for enhances strenght and endurance. A Tibetan Lama felt his bracelet helped find his way back to himself from deep meditation wanderings. A Sherpa guide believes his layered bracelet stores his extra energy when he was fresh and released it back to him when he needed it to walk that extra mile. High in the Andes, Inca descendants say that men should wear copper and leave gold to the gods.Curious enough, in Mesoamerica the Aztecs had similar beliefs and so did the Egyptians many decades before that.People around the world have long recognized that the wearing of a copper ring or bracelet assists in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. The copper tarnish that rubs off on the skin from time to time is easily removable with soap and water and its said to be a sign that the ring or bracelet is working with the body’s needs.Weather copper really is a treatment for arthritis and rheumatism, we don’t know, but the warm glow emanating from a beautifully polished piece of copper jewelry is hard to come by. With the cost of gold being so high, brass is an excellent alternative to those whole love the warm, rich color of gold but can’t afford it’s price tag. However, the swap to brass does come with some (minor) care responsibilities. But follow the steps below and you’ll be able to enjoy your copper and brass jewelry for years to come. How to Clean & Care for Copper and Brass Jewelry Read More

Silver

The History on Silver The word silver is from the Anglo Saxon name, “seolfor”, and from the Latin name Argentum, we obtain the periodic table symbol for silver, Ag. This precious metal was only discovered 2000 years after gold in 4000bc. Ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians used Silver before they knew what exactly it was; but what they were actually using was a metal alloy called Electrum, which is an alloy of Silver and Gold. They didn’t even have a name in their vocabulary for what they were using, and referred to it as “white metal”. Once the discovery has been made, it was deemed even more precious than Gold! Silver has a special place in the history of the elements because it is one of the first five metals discovered and used by humans. The others were gold, copper, lead and iron.  Silver has been in use since prehistoric times, and we do not know who discovered it.  Ancient people even figured out how to refine silver.  They heated the silver ore and blew air over it, a process called cupellation. The silver does not react to the air, but the base metals such as lead and copper oxidize and separate from the precious metal. Silver forms in star explosions called supernovae, as does gold. A study published in September 2012 in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics found that smaller stars that explode produce silver, while larger stars produce gold. Silver really exploded on Earth, however, when Europeans landed on the New World in 1492. Spanish conquerors discovered that South America was home to rich veins of silver and silver ore, and they mined that wealth enthusiastically; according to the Silver Institute, an industry trade group, 85 percent of the silver produced worldwide came from Bolivia, Peru and Mexico between 1500 and 1800. Very large pieces of it have been found, such as those found in Read More

Is casting ‘handmade’?

I have been thinking about the process of casting jewelry for quite some time now, and if it still constitutes as ‘Handmade’ and thought I would post a few thoughts. There are a couple of methods in which jewelry can be casted, and all the methods requires some degree of skill, fabricating and finishing the pieces by hand.  I cast quite a few items in my range, and 80% of those casted pieces is ‘duplicates’ of the original that was created by myself. Let talk about Wings for a second… First of all, the concept is designed on paper. From there, it is transferred to a Drawing program on my computer, and more design elements are drawn in, or taken out. Then the design is transferred to sheet metal and pierced out.  Depending on the amount of detail that is in the design, this part of the process can take several hours. The pendant, in this case a Butterfly Wing, is then sanded down, and polished. If there is any thought that another client might want the same design later on, I make a mold of the pendant, so that  it can be casted in the future, rather than taking  hours to re-create. The casting still needs to be sanded, polished and finished by hand, and in my book, all of the above equals to HANDMADE. Casting items also doesn’t mean easier…  There are many things that can go wrong in the casting process, and its up to me to scrap it, and re-cast, or save the casting. The problem with most SA consumers it that they don’t take the time to appreciate the journey of handmade items.  The hours of research, concept development, design time, fabricating & finishing time, hours and money spent on skills development, and general workshop Read More

The process of making a ring

The process of making a ring Making and designing a ring might not sound like a whole lot of work to the person buying online or walking into the studio to purchase, but in reality, there are so many steps involved, it would make you stop and appreciate the skill and craftsmanship going into it if you knew. Fine Silver & Sterling Silver All rings starts out a pure Silver extracted from the earth.  I buy Silver granules from a Metal supplier who in turn buys from the mines. Fine Silver (99.9% pure) is very soft and not suitable for ‘every day wear’ rings.   By adding copper, Fine Silver becomes Sterling silver and gets in characteristic hardness. Sterling Silver, is 92.5% parts of Fine Silver and 7.5% parts copper. Sometimes I buy Sterling Silver granules from my supplier other times I will buy Fine Silver granules, and add the 75 parts Copper myself when smelting. The purity of Silver that I purchase depends mainly on the items that I want to make.   Then I receive the granules, they are placed into a crucible for smelting. Definition of a crucible: Modern crucibles may be small laboratory utensils for conducting high-temperature chemical reactions and analyses or large industrial vessels for melting and calcining metal and ore; they may be made of clay, graphite, porcelain, or a relatively infusible metal. Sterling Silver melts at 893°C.  Larger amounts of Sterling Silver will take longer to melt.  The smaller the amount of Silver you are melting, the quicker the process is.  This batch took quite some time as there was about 250g of Silver to be melted.   When  the Silver is melted and molten, it is then poured into an ingot (pictured above on the left of the crucible). A quick dip in cold water quenches the metal, Read More

Introductions done and dusted

Hi! Welcome to my very first blog entry for Megan Goldner Designs! I am Megan Göldner, the creative designer, the CVO (Chief Visionary Officer), the manufacturer and my own tea lady 😀 My work is inspired by shapes, sizes, textures, colors, sounds and feelings that is evoked when I look at an object.  My desire is to create something you will cherish, something that will assist you on your life journey,  a heirloom that will be treasured and handed down for many generations. With an internet based shop (no brick and mortar for me!), it can get quite tricky sometimes to build relationships with my clients, seeing that I don’t get to meet them in person very often.   Facebook is a wonderful tool to learn customer buying trends, and what they like, and what they would rather give a miss, but a lot of the time, my clients will engage in conversation from the page, and I have made so many real life friends in that manner, it almost unbelievable. Thank you for sharing in my journey. ~Megan Read More