In the faded photo below, men will notice the rare Harley-Davidson motorcycle; women will notice the tall man with dark eyes. But the reason I’m posting this image on a jewelry blog is because it shows Miland Suess, one of the most creative makers of jewelry tools for metalsmiths, including high-quality forming pliers. ABOVE: Sterling silver […]

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Wonder what chasing hammers are? In the July/August issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, a who’s who of experts talk about this mystery hammer used to drive metal-moving jewelry tools with precision. The lineup includes Bill Fretz, Liza Nechamkin Glasser, metal carver Tom Herman, gun engraver Scott Pilkington, restorer Jeff Herman, and teacher Valentin Yotkov. […]

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This is just a quick post to help improve your jewelry business. If you are getting ready to do summer shows but your commercial grade leatherette neck dummies look lifeless, hit them with some spray paint. To find the right paint, check with staff at the paint counter in your favorite hardware store. Then test […]

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Is your work all over the map? Do you struggle every day to create a cohesive, signature jewelry style? Great! You may have a good reason. Right now, jewelry marketing experts are talking about how important it is to have a signature jewelry style. I struggle with this constantly. But guess what? There are times […]

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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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In this corner: a pair of Miland Suess synclastic forming pliers, over eight inches long and weighing 15 ounces. In the other corner, a 6×6-inch sheet of 24-gauge copper and a couple ounces of scrap sterling silver. Place your bets for this matchup of jewelry pliers and supplies; then sit back as I attempt five […]

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Think you know jewelry findings? Take this test. Look at the closeup image of the heart-shaped clasp on the end of a strand of black and white beads. Trick question: What’s wrong? Write your answer here: ________________________ If you said, “Nothing is wrong, Betsy,” you are right. Except that I’m fussy about beading wire and […]

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