Studio Notes Home Depot. I love the place. A couple good jewelry studio buys there include all kinds of grits of sand paper, painter’s tape for applying to the jaws of pliers to prevent scratches; chemicals like denatured alcohol and acetone, and lots and lots of copper wire in all gauges. But the best thing […]
True, you can never have too many pairs of earrings, but you seldom get to see them on yourself, either. Finger rings, on the other hand — or more aptly on the fingers of either hand — are perfect for catching our own glances and winking back happy little messages of how special we look […]
I always think of learning to make jewelry as a set of building blocks. Start with one block–or skill–and add more, one at a time. I started my jewelry making journey a few years ago the way that most do – by adding beads to string. Then, since I’m a bit of a rockhound, I […]
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#BusinessSaturday Glass bead artist, jewelry designer, and teacher Stephanie Sersich shares her thoughts on creating custom jewelry tags for your handmade jewelry designs. Q: Why did you decide to make custom tags for your jewelry? A: While I think my work looks uniquely my own, I wanted to assure buyers that they were purchasing a […]
These “ghost quartz” amethyst slabs from Arizona are just waiting to be cut into cabochons by the guy who dug this up. Seen here showing it off at the Kino Gem and Mineral Show: John Heusler of Slabs to Cabs was happy to let me take a pic. The white, cityscape-like patterns are the result […]
Grammy fashion is always a strange mix of crazy, classy, and just confusing. It’s the award show where celebrities feel free to, say, wear a skirt made entirely of Chuck E Cheese pit balls (large plastic beads?). This risk-taking, rock star behavior applies to jewelry choices as well, and makes the Grammys a great place […]
Studio Notes – Jewelry Supplies One of my standard jewelry supplies is baking soda. I use it to safely neutralize pickle solutions when silversmithing. I also use it to neutralize etching solutions and for cleanup. The best place to buy it? A food service supplier, like Gordons. I can pick up a 5-pound tub of […]
Net Profits: Business-Related Trip Deductions How much you can deduct on a trip that involves some business and some pleasure comes down to the primary purpose of the trip. Mix business with pleasure — I do this almost every time I travel — and deductions can get a little complicated. A little common sense goes […]
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