Business Saturday: Outsourcing Production With Susan Rifkin, Handmade Jewelry Designer, Susan Rifkin Designs Q: What kind of jewelry business do you have? A: My jewelry is all handcrafted, made from sterling silver, gold, semiprecious stones, and freshwater pearls. Most of my customers buy from me at wholesale trade shows and through my road reps. I […]


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Jewelry Making Around the Globe with Anne Potter

When Anne Potter first approached me with her idea to write a book exploring jewelry designs from around the globe, I was instantly intrigued. As a family of five, vacations to far off places are nearly impossible. Between track practices, drama club rehearsals, and other obligations, not to mention the expense, we just can’t seem […]


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Are you about to start on your first bead project? Or maybe you’ve already nailed down the beading basics but you’re ready to learn new beading techniques? Everyone needs a place to start and every beader is always searching for new beading ideas. This is why we’ve put together this new free eBook, filled with […]


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What's the best way to jazz up your off-loom bead-weaving projects? With bead embellishments, of course! Embellishing with beads is a fun way to play with your design skills while learning how to create unique beaded jewelry. And there are so many different techniques that you can use for bead embellishing your favorite bead-weaving stitches, […]


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I have just as many drawers full of stringing wire, beading pliers, findings, and beading thread as I do drawers full of beads! Some days, it seems like every beading project that I make requires its own set of beading tools and jewelry-making supplies. When I first got started in beading, I never dreamed that […]


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#BeadoftheWeek: SuperDuo Duets Add depth and dimension to your beadwoven projects when you incorporate the newest spin on the ever-popular SuperDuos! The SuperDuo Duets feature a different color on each side for added color play in your designs. We can’t wait to see what you all come up with using these fun two-tone beads! Visit […]


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Dress to Impress with Beaded Jewelry Designs With the Oscars ceremony merely weeks away, get set to gawk at all of the incredible designer gowns, hairstyles, and of course jewelry that will undoubtedly grace the red carpet. Former colleagues of mine have been known to host an Oscar party or two, beginning early enough in […]


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Create Red Carpet Worthy Jewelry Designs

The SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) awards were held while I was in Tucson last year. For those of us lodging together, we had fun dishing about the red carpet and the designs seen on the celebrities. We had even more fun finding materials to design with while shopping the shows and tapping into the latest […]


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What is steampunk? Steampunk is a style that can be characterized as romantic yet edgy; industrial but artistic. Steampunk is the combination of your favorite science fiction book and your favorite romance novel with equal parts metal and lace. Steampunk jewelry has captured the imagination of jewelry makers for the last few years now, and […]


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