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Create a toggle set with a stone that works equally well as a secure jewelry finding and a decorative focal By Kieu Pham Gray Function or design, which comes first? I love design and function equally. And where I can, I like to make my designs functional. Why not kill two birds with one stone? […]

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A Renaissance paper art adapted to silver jewelry through quilled metal clay jewelry By Arlene Mornick The art of paper filigree known as quilling is an ancient technique used during the Renaissance to decorate book covers, cards, jewelry, and religious items. It involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, looped, curled, and […]

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Get those seashells out of that box and make something beautiful with them–such as fossil jewelry like this Anadara pendant! By Jim Landon One cool, misty summer morning a few years back, my wife Kerry and I were walking a southern Oregon beach at low tide. We started picking up pieces of a most interesting […]

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Make a brass and bronze bracelet featuring the battering ram ancestor with the hardest head By Roger Halas Picture two male rams facing off in the mountains of Colorado. They rush each other, and we hear the resonating crack of their skulls slamming into each other at high speed. Turn the clock back 75 million […]

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Conjure up the romance of the Arthurian legend using metalsmithing techniques to make this flowery pendant  By Lexi Erickson I’m such a romantic. I close my eyes and it’s the end of summer turning into fall. I’m back in the West Country of England, where the overburdened berry bushes along the tiny lanes weep with […]

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Master fusing sterling silver wire and sheet for unique designs with a signature look By Linda Lurcott I love jewelry making! And I love using techniques that produce organic-looking results. My first torch was so hot (too hot, actually) that it gave me organic results alright–usually by melting. Fortunately, when I joined the Pennsylvania Society […]

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Make a leaf bracelet and clasp using springy EZ960 sterling metal clay By Noël Yovovich Full disclosure: I’m an on-again/off-again metal clay user. I was an early adopter when the original PMC first hit the market and again when base-metal clays appeared. I do love some of the things metal clays are good at and […]

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Discover two fabulous books on historical needlework, which appeared in the September/October 2009 issue of PieceWork. The first explores eighteenth- and nineteenth-century embroidery samplers made in Maryland. The second records the history of quilting in Massachusetts. A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery 1738–1860 By Gloria Seaman Allen Baltimore, Maryland: Maryland Historical Society, 2007. Hardbound, 384 pages, […]

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