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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It’s frustrating when small parts move out of place before you can get them soldered, just from the air from the torch or bubbling flux that makes things slide around. You only have so many hands, right? But jewelry artist Roger Halas has a great #SolderingSaturday tip that will help. He recommends mixing up a […]


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When most people think of high-end art jewelry, they think of stones and metal. You know, the hard stuff. But more and more jewelry artists are getting in touch with their softer sides, adding materials like fabric to their designs. And the trendiest jewelry “softwear” today is leather. In the past, leather was used primarily […]


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Last year I got the bright idea that I’d make a sterling silver wire snowflake. I wanted to challenge myself with multiple solder joins in close proximity, in one piece, without melting any of the 20-gauge sterling silver wire. It turned out to not be as much of a challenge as I thought; every single […]


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Pearls, pearls, pearls! Finally, we’ve created a free eBook that includes 3 DIY pearl jewelry projects and expert advice. In our new pearl jewelry eBook, 3 DIY Pearl Jewelry Projects You Have to Try, you’ll get complete, free tutorials for making a pearl bracelet, pearl chandelier earrings, and a pearl pendant—each loaded with beautiful pearls […]


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I'll never forget the first "real" piece of jewelry I made, the first time I soldered two pieces of metal together, the first time I hammered flat metal into a three-dimensional design. It was the beginning of a long, rewarding, FUN pastime (and career) that I know I'll never grow tired of, with so many […]


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Studio Notes The Case of the $75 Earrings I have a digital timer. So I decided to time myself while making a pair of $75 earrings for a customer. Make that $48.75 earrings. The consignment gallery takes a 35 percent commission on my handmade jewelry. Here’s what I needed: Stuff: jeweler’s bench, paper pattern printouts, […]


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Happy, happy, joy, joy! That can mean only one thing! It’s January and the Tucson Gem Shows are starting. Yes! It’s a huge show of international proportions, the largest gem show in the world. In our business, the big question among all of us is, “Are you going to Tucson?” Going to Tucson doesn’t mean […]


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After many years attending the Tucson gem shows, I’ve learned a thing or two! Here’s my best advice to help you have a great time at The Show. 1. Bring your own water (and snacks), and don’t pay $3.50 to $4 a bottle. Tucson is dry and dehydration is prevalent. DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Go […]


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Epoxy clay is a fun and relatively new jewelry-making material that’s so easy to work with! It is known for its adhesive superpowers that allow you to set stones in it or adhere stones to metal (or even metal to metal) with no heat, no messy glues–just mix, press, and cure. And you can learn […]


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