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When I helped judge the Halstead grant last year, I was impressed with the responses to the question: “Who is Your Target Customer?” This question is a key component in the application for the Halstead grant and something Hilary Halstead believes is a crucial first step in building a successful jewelry brand. ABOVE: Olivia Shih; […]

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Silversmith par excellence Cynthia Eid is known for her beautiful jewelry and dramatic hollowware. She is perhaps best known for her pioneering work with the low-tarnish, fusible sterling silver invented by Peter Johns in 1996 called Argentium Sterling Silver. ABOVE: Cynthia Eid’s Peaks granulated Argentium Sterling Silver cuff; photo courtesy of the artist By definition, […]

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Solder Like A Lady with Hilary Halstead Scott

I first met the Halsteads at a jewelry making industry party in Tucson several years ago, and right away, I was smitten. Before we were introduced, they were described to me as the “amazing family” that founded and own the well-respected Halstead jewelry-making supply company. Within minutes after meeting them, I could see why! Amazing […]

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Whazzat? Question: what are these slots used for on my riveting block? For years, I and other jewelry artists have been asking this question. So I posted this question on several online jewelry forums, along with my photo. Answer: After quite a few online exchanges, guess what I found out. My picture isn’t of a […]

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My jewelry career has been so blessed with wonderful metalsmithing teachers who have shared so much with me. As I pass on everything I know to my own metalsmithing students (because why would I NOT do that?), I’ve been reflecting on my teachers who have become good friends. I have several, but a true kindred […]

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Removing Metal in a Hurry The Benhams offer their best tips on choosing the right jeweler’s files for the job, other tools they find helpful when filing, and how to remove metal efficiently. Fine-Cut Files Metalsmiths often experience difficulty generating a long edge that is flat, straight, and square when using traditional jeweler’s files. Contrary […]

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Project of the Week: Melody Wire Earrings

Ukrainian designer Oksana Trukhan strives to design jewelry that reflects natural shapes, colors, and materials. These sweet Melody Wire Earrings are the perfect way to dip your toe into wire weaving and explore those inspirations. The graceful swirls, pretty pearls, and fine-gauge wire weaving create an elegant, wearable design. Here’s what you’ll need to make them: […]

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An interview with handmade jewelry designer Lorelei Eurto Q: How long have you been selling handmade designs on Etsy? A: I have been an Esty member since January 2007, but didn’t sell anything until that June. It took several months to get it going. Q: What made you decide to sell on Etsy? A: When […]

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