Patrik Kusek is an award-winning metal clay artist who specializes in metal clay micromosaics. Here are some general metal clay questions he hears frequently from students and his answers. So Many Metal Clays Q: I’m just starting out with metal clay, which clay should I buy? A: I recommend that students start out with any […]

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Open a jar of food. Use it as a fly swatter. Turn it into a cat toy. Stir your drink with it. Wear it as a very large earring. Prop a window open. Try to play your vinyl records. Use it as a nutcracker. Play the drums. Decorate a Christmas tree. (Although, come to think […]

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Business Saturday: on branding and packaging. An interview with Kristina Hahn Eleniak, jewelry artist and founder of Peacock & Lime Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry. Q: Tell us about the process you went through to develop your brand. A: Developing my brand is definitely a work in progress. It started with a focus around the peacock image–designed […]

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When I have the opportunity to catch up with beaders and jewelry makers in person and we start chatting about books, I’m often asked questions. How do you take all the photos demonstrating how projects are made? Do authors take the photos themselves?  Is the finished project we see of a beauty photo the same […]

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Bead Fest Santa Fe 2017: A Photo Gallery

Santa Fe is a great location for a bead show (okay, any location is a good location!). A bunch of our lucky staff are at the show, enjoying all there is to see and do! Below is a photo gallery of some of our favorite sights and memories from the show. Please check back as […]

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Studio Notes: Logo Logic Now that you have a logo for your handmade jewelry business, how are you going to use it? Here are some of my suggestions, plus others I found online: A hallmark. Years ago, I created the hallmark stamp in the photo using Microsoft Paint, when I had a different name for […]

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If for your jewelry business you sell your jewelry from a brick-and-mortar store or from your home studio to friends and family, there’s only one kind of sales tax you need to worry about: the one that applies to the location where you live and work. Once you start to sell on the road or […]

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How To Make Metal Clay Headpins

Metal clay is such a versatile material to work with. You can make virtually anything, including really beautiful sculptural head pins you can use in earrings, necklaces, or bracelets. Master of metal clay, Kate McKinnon shares a great, simple tutorial for metal clay head pins in her book Sculptural Metal Clay Jewelry: Techniques + Explorations. Take […]

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