Jewelry-Making Articles: Patterns, How-Tos, & More

I heart anything SLK (close friends and family lovingly refer to Susan Lenart Kazmer as SLK), and apparently you do, too! She’s a wealth of information AND highly entertaining. Whether you take a class with her in person or one of our workshops, your brain will hurt from the creative overload! (It’s a good thing.) […]

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10 Jewelry Designs with Texture You Can See

Many moons ago when I was a little kid, I was mesmerized by smooth, shiny surfaces. I didn’t think of things that felt uneven to the touch as richly textured. I thought of them as bumpy, lumpy, and rough. At the time, brightly polished wasn’t the greatest thing in my opinion alone: the culture as […]

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There’s a fossil gem that looks like precious opal? Classic jackets for turning studs into dangling earrings are back? Or maybe it’s bracelet-making tools you’re after. From learning pierced overlay, making a wire-wrapped ring, or cutting a cabochon, to getting an eyeful of upcycled jewelry designs made with materials most people throw out, we’ve got […]

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Lorraine Kolasa has the most cohesive, signature jewelry style I have ever seen–and it sells. When I participated with her last summer in the Michigan Silversmiths Guild booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, we all did well. But her work outsold the other seven of us, eight to one. Or so it seemed. Signature […]

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Emeralds are some of the most beloved gemstones in the world–especially by those whose birthdays are in May. However, richly colored, unflawed or lightly flawed emeralds are difficult to find and very expensive when they are found. So it was only natural that someone would try to do better than Mother Nature. In the 1930s, […]

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Don’t say we didn’t warn you about subscribing to online jewelry workshops! by Tamara Kula By now, you have no doubt heard all about Interweave’s new subscription service that gives you unfettered access to top instructors in our online beading and jewelry workshops. You’ve probably already even been bombarded with reason after reason why you […]

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Metal clay rocked my world…just sayin’. I’m sure clay is a big deal for every kid who had the great pleasure of playing with it. Whether you made dinosaurs or flowers; loved the smell, texture, or simply ate Play Doh (my first grade classmate, Gordy Johnson, was infamous for that), clay likely entered your life […]

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Birthstones often have swashbuckling histories, but for me, emeralds have one of the swashbuckling-est of all. Above photo: Emerald crystals, Getty Images. I always think of Spanish conquistadors, those blood-thirsty gold-hungry invaders of South America, when I think of emeralds. They terrorized the native populations, tortured, enslaved, and slaughtered them. And once they had their […]

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We have all heard of the “statement necklace”–massive bibs full of beads, sparkle, chain, and charm. Now, among current jewelry trends is the “statement pendant.” For spring and summer, pendants of all shapes, sizes, and configurations of materials, on very long strands of beads, chains, or leather cords, such as the pendant below, by Betty […]

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