TorchFire Studio

Fine Handmade Jewelry Crafted in Huntsville, Alabama

January Birthstone : Garnet

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I think the January birthstone is one of my very favorites - garnet! It comes in shades of rusty almondine and rhodolite raspberry red, green tsavorite garnet,  and hessonite orange garnet. 

As you can tell, my very favorite is the rich raspberry tones of the rhodolite garnet.

While some of these lovelies have already found their homes, you can request a custom order or check out some garnet jewelry here! 

Holiday Sale & Hours

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Thanksgiving is mere days away and the busiest shopping weekend is coming up! 

My studio hours will change this week as we take time to celebrate with family:

Wednesday 11/22: OPEN 12-6pm

Thursday 11/23 - Monday 11/27: CLOSED

If you were planning on doing some jewelry shopping this week, never fear! You can always shop online, and the TorchFire Studio Sale starts tomorrow, November 20! Now through December 1 you can save 10% off your order with code MERRYBRIGHT. 

Elegant Garden Wedding Photo Shoot

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This week, my little two-stone diamond ring set made its way into a gorgeous garden wedding photo shoot!  I'm so happy to say that Huntsville, AL is full of amazing, creative people that work together to build a supportive community. Every person involved in the making of these gorgeous images is a true gem! 

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Elegant Garden Wedding Photo Shoot: bouquet
Elegant Garden Photo Shoot : Invitation
Elegant Garden Photo Shoot: Tablescape
Elegant Garden Wedding Photo Shoot: wedding cake
Elegant Garden Wedding Photo Shoot : Wedding Dress

Vendors:
Model: Amber Palmer, Joel & Amber Photography
Gown and Accessories: Kathleen's Bridal, Meighan Winton
Photographer: Gari-Ann Kia Photography, Gari-Ann Kia
Florals: Paper Petals HSV, Thao Hoang
Dishes/Props: Della's Kitchen Shop, Ashley Erickson
Dishes/Props: Decorous Dishes, Kathi Bertsch
Jewelry: Torchfire Studio, Cara Moss
Stationery: Ledgewood Stationery; Frances Ledgewood
Cake: A Wilson Cakes, Aisha Wilson
Makeup and Hair: Brittianna J

Preventing Fire Scale with Fire Coat

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Magic Flame Soldering Compound, What is Firecoat, how to use firecoat, firescale, jewelry making classes TorchFire Studio Huntsville, Al

Happy Wednesday! Let's talk about a basic process you need to follow at the bench: fire coating your pieces to prevent fire scale. 

What is fire scale? This is an unsightly layer of black cupric oxide that forms on the surface of copper-bearing metals when heated (think sterling silver, gold alloys). A stubborn layer of nickel can also form on white gold alloys. This mottled black layer can be very difficult to remove even after pickling your pieces.

So what's to be done? Fire coat that jewelry!

Fire coating is a process in which you apply a protective layer of boric acid solution to the metal before soldering or annealing. It turns into a glass-like covering when heated and prevents the formation of fire scale. Most discoloration should be removed with a quick bath in the pickling solution. 

My favorite fire coat is Magic Flame 4-in-1 Soldering Compound. This pretty pink paste packs a punch; it contains boric acid, borax, and sodium fluoborate. 

You can use this magic solution 4 ways:

1. Dip: Add magic Flame to denatured alcohol. This makes a fire scale resistant coating. Add as much Magic Flame as you want to get an even heavier coating.
2. Liquid Flux: Add Magic Flame to a small amount of water to create a great Gold and Silver Flux.
3. Paste Flux: Use Magic Flame full strength as a great Paste Flux.
4. Casting Flux: Use Magic Flame full strength for a superior Casting Flux

Magic Flame and denatured alcohol burn off in a colorful, quick flame, leaving behind a powdery layer of protection.

Like most chemicals in this line of work, use eye protection and work in a well ventilated area. Wash hands after use. My most helpful bit of advice **from experience** is to be cautious if using alcohol near your torch! (I am woman enough to admit to setting a fire coat brush on fire!)

This compound may not be the cheapest, and will probably have a decent shipping charge, but it is worth every penny! 

Where to purchase: Stuller Amazon  Jeweler's Supplies