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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Patrik Kusek is an award-winning metal clay artist who specializes in metal clay micromosaics. Here are some general metal clay questions he hears frequently from students and his answers. So Many Metal Clays Q: I’m just starting out with metal clay, which clay should I buy? A: I recommend that students start out with any […]

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True, you can never have too many pairs of earrings, but you seldom get to see them on yourself, either. Finger rings, on the other hand — or more aptly on the fingers of either hand — are perfect for catching our own glances and winking back happy little messages of how special we look […]

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These “ghost quartz” amethyst slabs from Arizona are just waiting to be cut into cabochons by the guy who dug this up. Seen here showing it off at the Kino Gem and Mineral Show: John Heusler of Slabs to Cabs was happy to let me take a pic. The white, cityscape-like patterns are the result […]

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Take a Guided Tour of Metalsmithing As If You Were the Hammer “Hammering is why most people become smiths in the first place — hitting things is just plain fun,” explains metalsmith and tool designer Bill Fretz. “Hammering on stakes and forming metal puts one in the tradition of metalsmithing, but you get an immediate […]

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