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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Now this is a bracelet and a half! A beautiful combination of metalsmithing and lapidary genius. Look at the colors and patterns on it: stripes, dots, solids, and checkerboards in blue, white, black, and textured silver — all richly framed by smooth, gleaming silver. Even in a photo the cuff conveys the satisfying heft you’d […]

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What an honor, what a treat! When I sat down to review the entries to last year’s Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition, I found myself in awesome company looking at so much creative metalsmithing. Over the years I’ve seen a great deal of interesting jewelry and other metalwork using foldforming, and it seems metalsmiths just can’t stop […]

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Jewelry-making tools. Teborg round and chain nose pliers (top left and right); Platypus pliers from Grainger (lower right); photo Jim Lawson Love Conquers All — But Leave Her Pliers Drawer Alone! “Why in the world do you have so many pliers?” This question was posed to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Contributing Editor and jewelry maker […]

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Different Keeps Us Coming Back Interest is largely about contrast. An endless expanse of the same thing may be remarkable for its continuity, but things that are different invite us to explore and keep us looking, listening, or otherwise engaged for a lot longer. One of the most popular and low-tech ways to create contrast in […]

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Lisa Mele’s turquoise necklace with gold vermeil bullets; Photo: Azur Mele When you photograph your jewelry, you really need to put it in the best light possible! “It’s all about the light,” says professional photographer Azur Mele who specializes in jewelry, gems, and minerals. It’s what everyone figures out very quickly when photographing almost anything, […]

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Darlene Armstrong teaches you how to make jewelry, including these earrings which include torch fired metal clay components. I first met Darlene Armstrong at the Tucson “gem” (and bead, mineral, fossil, jewelry, etc.) shows years ago. We’d been e-mailing about some projects for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Then, as the calendar rolled around toward year’s […]

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Closures Must Close — But That’s Not All “In a perfect world, a clasp will hold securely, release easily, enhance the [jewelry’s] appearance, and cost almost nothing,” wrote metalsmith, author, teacher and so much more Tim McCreight in Lapidary Journal years ago. Nothing’s changed on that score, and since we still don’t live in a […]

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“Have you seen this guy’s work?” then Jewelry Making Daily editor Tammy Jones asked me a while back, and included an image of Patrik Kusek’s metal clay micromosaics. I had not, but I got right on it! His jewelry pieces were unlike anything I’d seen, with a compelling mixture of detail, straight lines, curves, and […]

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