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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Wander around outside and you’ll always find inspiration for your jewelry designs. Many people find inspiration in nature–flowers, butterflies, trees. Me? I like architecture. I find “outside” inspiration–or “outspiration”–in the lines and colors and details of the buildings around me. My small town in Pennsylvania has some beautiful old homes, churches, and stores which, very […]

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Open a jar of food. Use it as a fly swatter. Turn it into a cat toy. Stir your drink with it. Wear it as a very large earring. Prop a window open. Try to play your vinyl records. Use it as a nutcracker. Play the drums. Decorate a Christmas tree. (Although, come to think […]

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Bring National Craft Month into the Studio

March is National Craft Month! And I’m looking at it as a fantastic opportunity, not only to craft and create but also to get organized. I recently moved to a new, much larger home. For the first time, I’ll actually have space to store my jewelry-making supplies in a dedicated, easily accessible space. Of course, […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This week, I’m reminded of a very old, very bad joke that my dad used to tell. My dad was as German as a person could be. In fact, he had the most German name ever — Otto Rosenbusch. But every year on St. Patrick’s Day, Dad would wear all green and […]

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Jewelry-Making Projects to Love and Make Today

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Hearts, flowers, cupids. And my favorite Valentine’s Day gift — jewelry. Lots of jewelry! But you don’t have to wait for someone to give you the jewelry. You can follow your heart along your own jewelry-making path and make your own gifts. There are scores of jewelry-making projects available […]

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When most people think of high-end art jewelry, they think of stones and metal. You know, the hard stuff. But more and more jewelry artists are getting in touch with their softer sides, adding materials like fabric to their designs. And the trendiest jewelry “softwear” today is leather. In the past, leather was used primarily […]

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