Is anything as inspirational as stars in the heavens? For eons, humans have found art in what they see in the night skies. And jewelry artist Roger Halas has long turned the stars and outer space into amazing designs and pieces. He’s also a science fiction buff (and writer) which lends a special slant to […]

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One of the most useful jewelry-making skills to master is stone setting. But referring to stone setting as “a skill” is deceptive — there are so many different ways to set stones. It’s a matter of finding your favorite or favorites for incorporating stones into your designs. Photo above: Getty Images If you’re intimated by metalsmithing […]

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When I helped judge the Halstead grant last year, I was impressed with the responses to the question: “Who is Your Target Customer?” This question is a key component in the application for the Halstead grant and something Hilary Halstead believes is a crucial first step in building a successful jewelry brand. ABOVE: Olivia Shih; […]

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I’ve always loved the look of birdcages. Oh, I don’t have a pet bird. But I like the variety of designs and structures and colors and materials that you can find in birdcages. They make lovely decorative accents for any house or garden. And those same decorative elements can lend themselves beautifully to some amazing […]

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I love to hammer! I’m a hammering fool! Nothing works out your frustrations faster and better than picking up a hammer and banging on some metal or rivets. And if your hammering produces a nice piece of jewelry, so much the better! I came up with this simple, basic riveted pendant just playing around with […]

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Happy Mother’s Day! And happy spring! At this time of year, I love to look up and down my block, checking out the flowers that are blooming in my yard and my neighbors’ yards. Those gorgeous floral colors always make me want to run into my studio. Flowers are always inspirational! Heather Lawrenz’s leather and […]

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