Jewelry Designing with a Stipple Finish Feature, With a Video

By Calla Gold

Tiny Stipple Finish Sample

Tiny Stipple Finish Sample

Stipple Finish, Have You Considered this in Your Design?
As a jewelry designer in California it’s fun to play with different finishes to get unique looks in my designs. How can banging away on a piece of jewelry with a pokey little tool get me excited? I just love the result. Let’s see if you do too.

Stippling, Kind of Like Painting!

An interesting article by Lee Krumholtz in MJSA describes how he likes to apply a stipple finish. I love how he describes doing it:

Princess cut diamond Pendant with milgrain

Stippling was Used in the Center Recessed Section to Set Off the Miligrain Edges.

“The motion when applying it is almost like painting; I move the steel point in a circular pattern as I try to create a uniform texture.”

This finish is fairly durable and doesn’t show scratches, making it suitable for rings intended to be worn daily.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!


Stippling the Video

Here is the video I’ve done with lots of pictures of custom design jewelry projects I’ve made using stippling finishes.

Is Stippling in Your Future?

Hopefully I’ve intrigued you to try this fun texture to make an existing piece of jewelry pop or to incorporate it in your next personal statement piece of jewelry you have made.

Stipple Loving Jewelry Designer – Calla Gold



7 Responses to “Jewelry Designing with a Stipple Finish Feature, With a Video”

Christine @ Quilters Diary May 29th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Stippling is a favorite technique for quilters, too. I use it to give the surface of a quilt a pebbly finish. Looks as good on a quilt as on jewelry.

Calla Gold May 30th, 2013 at 6:29 am

Hi Christine,
I am honored to have a quilting technique blogger come by and share share that we both use stippling in our crafts.
Christine quilts and writes for http://www.quiltersdiary.com.
Stippling Jeweler Calla Gold

madphoto.com May 29th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Stipple Finish seems kind of cool, I like it.
I like how Calla Gold Jewelry shares these little details of design. As a photographer I am all about the details and feel that this particular post is different and educational and helpful.
I could see myself incorporating stipple finishing in a future jewelry design. Hmmm I wonder who I’d call about that? HaHa. I’d call Calla!
Mady, at MadPhoto

Dr. Lynn K Jones May 30th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I love your videos Calla! When I am in doubt as to what you are talking about you provide wonderful photos in your videos to illustrate your point. And then your explanations are simple and easy to grasp.
You have made me aware of what a stipple finish is and why I should care. And now I do care! Great job! 🙂

Calla Gold May 31st, 2013 at 6:57 am

Hi Lynn,
Thanks for your great feedback on my stipple finish blog and video!
Stipple-Crazy Jeweler Calla

Sue M. June 23rd, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hi Calla,
It’s fun to learn about jewelry design details that you use in you custom ring designs. That’s a great video on stipple technique. I feel more like an expert now that I’ve seen it.
Do student jewelers ever contact you that they are reading and learning from your blog?

Calla Gold June 23rd, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Hi Sue,
Glad you are up to speed on the coolness of stipple technique. Good question about student jewelers. I have had a number of students call me or email me. One said she was referred to my blog by her teacher. I was so pleased!

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