Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Modern Ingenuity

This season of Beads, Baubles & Jewels is all about learning from the masters. We’d be remiss if we didn’t also take time to feature some modern ingenuity, though. To start, I’ll take a look at beads inspired by Monet as a nod to the past. • The necklace on the left was given to […]

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Earrings have been around since ancient times, but these earring accessories bring a fresh twist to everybody’s standby adornment. You can assemble yours from premade earring findings or get inspired to make your own at the workbench. Making earrings is a great way to experiment with a new technique, because you can really explore without […]

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Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Artist’s Helpers

Inspiration doesn’t’ always come easy for artists. Sometimes we all need to rely on “helpers” to get our message across. Today on Beads, Baubles & Jewels, our artists use premade metal to showcase their designs. I lead off with today’s feature bead style — ceramics. Ceramic beads and pendants are wonderfully versatile. It’s amazing to […]

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Beads, Baubles & Jewels: An Artistic Approach

I love the way tassels can kick any design up a notch. Tammy Honaman made the blue tassel shown above on a previous episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels and I put the rest together. All of them are in regular rotation in my wardrobe. Tammy bundled ribbon and chain together, strung this grouping on […]

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A common thread for all artists is their relationship with color. Sometimes it’s bold, sometimes it’s muted, and other times it’s noticeably absent. In this episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels, we talk about using works from the masters to inspire our own motifs and color palettes. Shown above, the Humblebeads polymer clay beads and […]

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We’ve all had them. Those little (and not so little) accidents in the jewelry studio and misunderstandings that keep us humble at the bench. Thankfully, a lot of them occur in private while we’re working solo. But there are also embarrassing moments that take place in front of a customer or a room full of […]

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