When I ask a student who is working on a pendant what the bail will look like, I usually get a blank stare. “Well, I never thought of that,” is a typical response. “I’ll just put a jump ring on it.” Well, you should think about it. Bails are not just something to run a […]

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Do you sometimes get tired of shiny sterling silver and the liver of sulfur (LOS) patina variations? Does the color of copper really excite you, but unfortunately you feel, like me, that copper just doesn’t get the respect it deserves? I love copper and the way it responds to patina and texturing. It’s just fun! […]

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Among those of us “old-time” jewelers who remember when silver was $4 an ounce, there weren’t a lot of us working in copper. So I was a bit late in working with patina, because let’s face it–we don’t get those gorgeous colorful patinas on silver. Maybe it was just my teachers, but we had two […]

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My jewelry career has been so blessed with wonderful metalsmithing teachers who have shared so much with me. As I pass on everything I know to my own metalsmithing students (because why would I NOT do that?), I’ve been reflecting on my teachers who have become good friends. I have several, but a true kindred […]

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Happy, happy, joy, joy! That can mean only one thing! It’s January and the Tucson Gem Shows are starting. Yes! It’s a huge show of international proportions, the largest gem show in the world. In our business, the big question among all of us is, “Are you going to Tucson?” Going to Tucson doesn’t mean […]

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After many years attending the Tucson gem shows, I’ve learned a thing or two! Here’s my best advice to help you have a great time at The Show. 1. Bring your own water (and snacks), and don’t pay $3.50 to $4 a bottle. Tucson is dry and dehydration is prevalent. DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Go […]

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Whenever I teach hand-finishing jewelry workshops, I mix up a small solution of liver of sulfur. Inevitably, someone always asks, “What’s that stinky stuff?” Liver of sulfur may be a little less than pleasant to your nose, but I can’t help but love it. To me, it’s the stuff that gives my silver jewelry designs […]

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Do you suffer from sleepless nights because of your jewelry-making addiction? Are you still awake at 3 a.m. because your mind can’t stop designing something elegant for that gorgeous new triangular Rain Forest jasper and other cabochons you just bought? If so, you are a true jewelry artist, and welcome to my world. ABOVE: This box […]

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