All posts filed under: Eco-friendly

this guy knows his stuff.

i was just learning about other non-toxic flux alternatives and came across this post from someone who knows more about alcohol than anyone i will ever come across again. it seems to make sense, but i have no idea… see for yourself! Hello Karen, Good question, long answer. You might also want to search the Orchid archives as this has been discussed in various forms on Orchid before. > … The recipe that I have seen calls for a 50/50 mix of borax with > denatured alcohol. I use this stuff all the time and I think you’ll find that the 50/50 thing is totally arbitrary. Use whatever ratio you like to get a paste that suits your purposes. The alcohol is long gone before the borax begins to melt so the ratio you mix it to has no effect on it’s fluxing function. > … when I ask for denatured alcohol people look at me like I’m > nuts! As someone else pointed out the “denatured” part of denatured alcohol simply means that they’ve …

Earth Day Giveaway!

Hey folks, You may have already heard from our twitter posts, facebook group, or feature on TreeHugger.com that we’re giving away jewelry to people who plant a tree, take a picture or photo, and send it to us.  You can e-mail it to Earthday (@) FigsandGinger.com, twitpic it @FigsandGinger, or upload a picture/video to your blog, youtube, or vimeo account. The first 50 pictures that come in get a free necklace and either stud earrings or a tie tack.  After that we’re giving away up to 300 pairs of studs/tie tacks.  The point here is to get as many trees planted as possible.  We’re just trying to incentivise it a little bit, so don’t be bashful about reposting this, tweeting about it, or feel free to join the facebook group.  It’s called Plant a Tree & Get Free Jewelry From Figs & Ginger.  Some people have already started sending pictures in!  We’re excited. Here’s a link with all the information you’ll need.

New Designs & Custom Work…

Hey there! So Stephanies first week went great. We are almost on schedule with our shipments (hooray!) and I think we may even get ahead of schedule by the end of the month! Today I (rhonda) am working on some designs for Farm Sanctuary. We aren’t sure if we’ll be able to work with them for sure yet, but we’ll be sending them some designs soon. I think, if all goes well, we would be making pins and maybe necklaces for them based on their logos. Here is a rough metal-sketch of what i have so far: I have also done a couple custom pieces. Here is a gold cockatiel: And here is a Circle Lovebird Necklace with a heart soldered at the top. Although we are still behind, the mere idea of having a studio manager has helped me relax a little and do a bit of fiddling at my bench here: This is what I’ve come up with today. These are shapes I was making/selling about 4 years ago but eventually stopped. I’m …