Be careful whatcha carry in your carry on — especially when it comes to your metalsmithing tools and materials. Otherwise you’ll wind up spread eagle in the standing position behind a flimsy privacy curtain as a burley TSA agent pats you everywhere. And what causes TSA agents to profile me as a potential threat at […]

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Jewelry Displays and Neck Dummy Makeover Wait! Don’t throw out those scuffed white leatherette neck dummies halfway through your show season. Do what a professional Missouri jewelry store owner does. Dave Colvin freshens up his display dummies with Krylon Coarse Texture spray paint followed by a sealer, according to his recent Facebook post. Here in […]

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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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Studio Notes: Boot Camp for Metalsmiths

The ad said the word “free.” OK. So it was a five-day manufacturer’s boot camp. But since it was free, I felt more than qualified to attend. Offered by Alpena Community College, I talked my way into going on a tour of Metal-Tech Industries. Heck. The company’s name even had the word “metal” in it. […]

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Rock Hounding for Michigan Copper

Studio Notes: Rocking Copper Copper Country in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a long, long, long way from everything. But at specific mines you can comb through piles of rock with a metal detector in summer. Free! When you hear “DIT DIT SCREECH, WHINE DIT DIT DIT,” you know that low-grade copper ore is within inches. […]

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