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

Knowing how to price your jewelry is one of the hardest parts of selling your work. Should you estimate or price it lower than you originally total because you can’t compete with retail store prices? Bead and business expert, Viki Lareau, gives her advice on selling your work for what it’s worth, and not underpricing […]

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Since my epiphany about the versatility of wire jewelry making a few years ago, I’ve become a huge wire fan. Naturally, that led me to a whole new category of jewelry tools: wire jewelry tools! I discovered jigs, coiling tools, fancy pliers just for wire, crinklers and spiral makers. Wire began to give metal sheet […]

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Angie Crabtree’s diamonds are so gigantic; she sells them by the square foot. Typical of high-end luxury items, prices for her original oil paintings are only available by request. And like all big “rocks,” they are irresistibly eye-catching. Crabtree works in a tromp l’oeil style, which makes the diamonds look photographic. You can buy a […]

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10+ Jewelry Designs to Hang from Your Tree

Almost any pendant jewelry design has ornament potential, and almost any jewelry design can be made pendant. Pendant as in hanging: pendant earrings, pendants that hang from neckwires, charms dangling from a chain bracelet. That’s important because hanging is the number one priority for a tree ornament, except for the topper. And, while snowflakes, stars, […]

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Pros & Cons of Being Raised by a Maker

You might remember a while back I shared my thoughts on raising a maker. In today’s digital-first world, raising kids who enjoy making as much as they enjoy playing on Snapchat is a rather daunting feat. Admittedly, my daughter Lauren hasn’t fully embraced yarn over social media, but we’re getting there. When Lauren and I […]

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Jewelry Artist Brenda Meintz Schweder is not only a jewelry designer but also the inventor of Now That’s a Jig! and Now That’s a Pliers. As Artist of the Year for Step-by-Step Wire in 2015, Brenda has continued to inspire jewelry artists around the world, frequently appearing on Beads, Baubles, and Jewels and in other […]

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Inspiration, jewelry tutorials, gemstones, jewelry tools, and other sparkly stuff. You can find all of that and more inside each issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Who can pick ONE favorite part? I love learning about new jewelry tools and supplies, and I learn a lot from seeing how different jewelry artists do things. Not […]

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With the holidays quickly closing in, I’m on the lookout for quick projects to make and give. However, I don’t want to compromise on any gift’s coolness factor. I want projects that aren’t only quick, but quality pieces the recipient will actually wear. I think I’ve found a perfect example in this week’s Favorite Project […]

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It’s every jewelry artist’s nightmare and it happens all too often. Janine DeCresenzo and Megan Clark had their inventory stolen from a rental car while working a jewelry show in Portland, Oregon, in September. Thieves made off with about $300,000 worth of handmade jewelry, mostly one-of-a-kind. Marne Ryan had her inventory stolen while breaking down […]

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Imagine a piece of jewelry with a tiny peephole. Look inside and you’ll find the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, a picture of your wedding, or your favorite pet. Known as Stanhope lenses, these little gizmos were developed in the 1850s, and were used to convey a Victorian sentiment in a woman’s keepsake pendant […]

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