Customer Favorites and Editor's Picks: The Best of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine

Since I started here at Jewelry Making Daily about a year ago, I've slowly but surely doubled my collection of back issues of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. Every once in awhile I get a happy email from a coworker that goes something like this: "I found some duplicate issues of LJJA on my bookshelf, you want some?" Guess what my answer always is? Ha!

Other than an occasional ad for a tool that isn't the hottest newest thing anymore, they're totally evergreen art jewelers' resources. The jewelry-making tips and step-by-step projects, design inspiration, and feature stories about studio jewelry artists and gemstones are timeless and just as interesting to me as the day they were published, whether that day was one or four or twelve years ago. Here are some of my favorite back issues as well as best-selling and top-ranked issues from jewelry-making artists like you.


The August 2010 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is one of the best sellers and customer favorites. Look at the colors on that cover! No wonder it caught everyone's eye. I bet the micro-torch information inside had a lot to do with it, too; I think beginning and experienced jewelry-makers alike are interested in the ever-growing possibilities available with micro torches as they continue to get more versatile, powerful, and convenient. There's also a gemstone intro to atlantisite, a Jump Ring Megaguide for making your own jump rings, a chain maille bracelet to make with all those jump rings, how to use wood in jewelry, tips for photographing your jewelry designs, how to set bezels with a micro torch, and more. Lots of great info in this one!


It was Jim Kelso's gorgeous 18k gold and carved horn gingko leaf and moonstone brooch on the front of the August 2007 Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist issue that first made me swoon. (How on earth did he make something as raw and earthy as horn look so ethereal and nearly transparent in those leaves?)

Then I realized that this issue was a rare one that covered my favorite jewelry-making medium, metal clay, with tips and tricks for getting a better shine on metal-clay jewelry designs and a metal-clay cane bracelet project! And then I discovered the pages about resin, another favorite of mine–including a feature on color and resin and a papier-mâché resin pendant. There's also some great information about metal inlay techniques and shibuichi in this issue, which fascinates me, but I haven't tried it yet.


Just last spring we published one of my favorite Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine issues ever, the March 2011 issue. It's packed full of things I love–the great new Miniflam micro torch that's hot enough to solder even considerable silver jewelry pieces (hear that, Santa Claus? I want, I want!), mixed-metal jewelry, copper and its alloys including bronze and brass, mixed-media and steampunk jewelry projects, sharing photos on Flickr (I'm addicted to looking at the micro and macro photos for jewelry inspiration), even bicolor tourmaline and bulbous wavellite rough! It's a favorite issue that's always on my desk (and desktop).


Combining resin with metal, paper, stone, and more. A gorgeous inlaid cuff project. More than ten ways to texture metal. How to sand-cast metal jewelry. Mixed-media jewelry on a whole new jewelry-artisan level. How to price your handmade jewelry creations. Tips for polishing stones like a professional lapidary. Plus lots more! No wonder the February 2010 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine was a favorite of jewelry makers everywhere. It's available in digital and print issues.


I especially love this holiday issue of LJJA. There are snowflake projects inside (including a crystal ornament for your tree and a silver druzy snowflake)! That raw garnet crystal ring on the front makes me swoon–it's my birthstone, and I love that pretty wine red. Gorgeous winter issue!

Now's the perfect time to grab these issues and stock up on other back issues of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine (digital and print!), because they're on sale, half off in the Jewelry Making Daily Shop back-issue sale, now through Wednesday, October 26! Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry magazine back issues are on sale, too. Just in time for holiday gift jewelry making!

What's your favorite issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine or Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

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