Does your mind wander when you are doing repetitive jewelry making tasks at the bench? Mine does. In fact, my mind recently wandered over to the computer, researching jewelry tools. By the time I was done, I knew why modern anvils don’t ring and why bench blocks bounce. ABOVE: Parts of an anvil. From The Art […]

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The best thing about teaching is learning from students. Especially when we experiment or work on solving a design problem together. In my classes, this is part of my teaching method. I help students to master a technique; then we experiment and push ourselves creatively. Some great jewelry-making tips come up along the way. ABOVE: […]

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Enjoy making one-of-a-kind jewelry? Stretch yourself even more by making jewelry that include gemstones with a story. Like Dave Otteson’s rare bubbly turquoise I pinned into an invisible sterling setting with a bunch of half-drilled pearls, below. (See page 42 of the September-October issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.) ABOVE: Denver gem and fossil show. Photo […]

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Who knew papery thin layers of graffiti paint could be turned into gemstones? And help a community to flower? At Rebel Nell in Detroit, a team of professionals, trainees, and volunteers transform piles of sloughed off paint into solid, colorful material, then cut and shape it into cabochons. These manmade gemstones are set in jewelry […]

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Two years ago, diamond ball burs gave me the creative kick I needed to grow as a jewelry maker. They allowed me to drill pearls and carve swirling patterns in them. I was also able to epoxy faceted stones into beads, cut seats in disk-shaped pearls for cabochon settings, and make large-hole beads out of […]

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Earlier this year I visited a prestigious art school to hear artistic jewelry graduates talk on stage about their work. Although they showed lots of slides of their artistic explorations, few were wearing their own jewelry designs. Like it wasn’t fashionable, and I was a tad dismayed. Then I realized I wasn’t wearing my own […]

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