Make Time for Making Jewelry!

Merle White

What issue was that annealing feature in?
I can't tell you how many times I've ransacked my bookcase of back issues of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, looking for something I just know we ran but can't remember when, or knowing the issue, but not being able to find it. It makes me crazy pulling all the magazines out and seeing them strewn across the floor, wasting my time. If only I had a back-issue butler or something to keep me better organized!

Find designs fast with searchable and clickable CDs
Now there is something! The new annual compilations of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist deliver an entire year's worth of magazines on one convenient CD. CDs are much easier to store, take up less space, and best of all are easy to search–just pop one into my laptop, and voilå!  Every issue from that year, cover to cover. I can click onto each contents page see if it contains the project or feature I'm after and just move on to the next issue. Check out my favorites from this collection:


Sensuous designs
The first CD compilation of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is from 2007, a gem of a year. For example, we did that piece on artist Michael Good. Every time I look at a piece of jewelry or larger sculpture by Michael Good I'm thrilled all over again at the sheer beauty of his forms.  Good is the leading figure in curving metal in opposing directions. That doesn't sound so amazing, but in his hands the technique gives rise to the most engaging, sensuous, just gorgeous pins, neckpieces, bracelets, and more. The issue showcases a pair of very simple but wonderful earrings that Good made and includes many more examples of his designs–along with detailed illustrations for how to stretch and compress metal into these voluptuous curves. (Photo: Hap Sakwa)
  Tempting cold-connected bracelet
I liked this bracelet from the December 2007 issue so much that I almost "borrowed" it for an evening out while it was in the office awaiting photography. Created by our Managing Editor Helen Driggs, the Multi-Metal & Cold-Connected bracelet does not require a torch, and Helen gives great instructions for making it, plus some great tips on tools for this project and some cool ideas for texturing metal that you can apply to anything you want. Every jewelry-maker in our office either wanted to make one or buy one! (Photo: Jim Lawson)
  Sunstone: The Party Gem
In September 2007, we focused on sunstone, one of my absolute favorite gems!  I love the warm peachy range of color and the little spangles of native copper that glitter inside. It's a party stone if ever there was one! A lot of readers don't get to see the art forms in single stones and gems, so these features are eye-opening. It's incredible to read about how gems are created. Sometimes we take things for granted when we use materials which have already been made ready for our own work by the hands of another artist. Gem carving is one of those fascinating craft forms.  (Photo: Lee-Carraher. Stone carved by Sherris Cottier-Shank.)
  Learn how to anneal
Even if you use cold connections for your metal jewelry, annealing your metal is very important. What exactly happens to metal when you hammer it that makes it brittle, and how does heating it fix it? "The Lowdown on Annealing," also in the September issue, tells all and gives great tips from some of the best metalsmiths in the country, including noted author Tim McCreight. This is definitely one of those features I'd be looking for again and again.

Always available
I'd never give up my print issues, but I just love how easy it is to go through the issues on our Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist 2007 collection CD plus it gives me access to any issues I might have misplaced, especially any that are out of print. I just wish we had every year on CD right now–but we're getting there. Watch for 2006 coming soon.

Of course, a butler would still be nice . . .

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