Wander around outside and you’ll always find inspiration for your jewelry designs. Many people find inspiration in nature–flowers, butterflies, trees. Me? I like architecture. I find “outside” inspiration–or “outspiration”–in the lines and colors and details of the buildings around me. My small town in Pennsylvania has some beautiful old homes, churches, and stores which, very […]

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Metalsmithing Tools: Bezel Opening Tool

Situations sometime occur when a cabochon breaks or cracks during the setting process or after it’s been set in the bezel. Removing the broken cabochon for replacement is usually problematic and often results in destroying the finding in the process. This puts you right back to the beginning and you must start over, grind a new […]

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Solder Like A Lady with Darlene Armstrong

Ladies, have no fear! You are in control of your torch, and once you learn to use it for soldering and torch-firing metal clay or enamels, nothing will stand in your way of creating fabulous metal jewelry. Learn how metal clay artist and metal jewelry-making instructor Darlene Armstrong overcame her fear of the torch to […]

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Business Saturday: An interview with Diana Ptaszynski, bead artist and founder of her handmade bead and handmade jewelry business, (formerly) Suburban Girl Studio and now Diana Ptaszynski LLC Q: How did you research the differences between an LLC (Limited Liability Company) versus a sole proprietorship or corporation? A: My business partner and husband, Colin Mellars, and I […]

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I recently had the pleasure of working with the Interweave crew, filming four metal clay eCourse videos. The titles of the courses already released are: Getting Started Precious Metal Clay Series: Torch Firing PMC Introduction with Darlene Armstrong and Getting Started Precious Metal Clay Series: Torch Firing PMC Projects – Molded Earrings with Darlene Armstrong. The titles for […]

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Marie-Eve Gauthier: Becoming Me Photo: Jewelry workbench at L’Atelier How has beading changed my life? Beading has changed everything! At age 16 I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, which is a type of autism that can affect socialization, communication, and motor development. In October 2015, at age 26, I discovered an organization in my hometown […]

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Commercially-made, high quality chasing and repoussé tools are now readily available from a number of different suppliers. A quick Google search results in many options ranging from $25 upwards for each individual tool. These prices may cool your enthusiasm about purchasing a complete set. We suggest and encourage you to seek a less expensive pathway […]

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Metal clay, nature inspired Rose of Sharon Pod Pendant by Tammy Honaman I was prepping for an upcoming class and couldn’t help but notice how many of my designs are inspired by what I find when out and about. When we talk about bringing the outside in, I have to say, I really do just […]

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