When I say I’m old school, I’m not kidding. I like books that were printed with hot type, meaning you can feel the impressions of the letters on the backs of the pages. But I also like convenience in technology, which is why I prefer video downloads to DVDs. I am tired of crawling around […]

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3 Jewelry-Making Books I Love

Oh, I definitely love books. My bookcases are overflowing, and there’s usually a stack or two on the floor. For jewelry-making books, as for most ideas in general, my feeling is the bigger, the better. ABOVE: Enameling with stencils, glass threads, and foil can all be done by sifting dry enamel powder into place; from […]

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When you make jewelry by hand, you’re usually fabricating it. This simply means that you’re making your jewelry directly from metal wire, tubing, and sheet rather than making models and molds and then casting with metal grain, says Sharon Elaine Thompson. “In fabricated jewelry, metal is formed or shaped, sawn, and then joined by soldering […]

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The Little Something That Makes a Jewelry Design Special Hearts and . . . bats? Absolutely. And leaves, grapes, abstracts, and yes, flowers, too. It’s not about the motif but how you spin it that makes the difference between okay and special. Here are five jewelry-making projects demonstrated in recent issues of Lapidary Journal Jewelry […]

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Ask a Question IS THAT MICA? Who would think to make a ring look like an airport control tower? How did they get it to be so lightweight? Unless there’s writing in or on it or it’s equipped with audio, a piece of jewelry really can’t ask a question, and yet some designs manage to […]

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Whoooo’s a Chain Maille Fan? What do jewelry making, painting, glass fusing, and molecular biology have in common? The question really should be not “what” but “who,” because the answer is chain maille champion, artist, and instructor Michelle Brennan. Like many jewelry makers and craft artisans, Michelle has explored quite a few different craft media […]

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Long Live Your Flex Shaft!

Here’s a bit of news from the July 2017 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, which appeared in Facets. We thought you might like to know, too. Foredom Tune-Up Kits Foredom recently introduced a line of tune-up kits designed to extend the lives of old, discontinued, or worn Foredom flex shafts. There are four dedicated […]

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Silversmith par excellence Cynthia Eid is known for her beautiful jewelry and dramatic hollowware. She is perhaps best known for her pioneering work with the low-tarnish, fusible sterling silver invented by Peter Johns in 1996 called Argentium Sterling Silver. ABOVE: Cynthia Eid’s Peaks granulated Argentium Sterling Silver cuff; photo courtesy of the artist By definition, […]

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