Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Time for Art

When you talk about art, we often imagine a painstaking process that takes a lot of time. The Beads, Baubles & Jewels artists are here to show you speedy techniques that still create beautiful works of art. First, Katie kicks things off with her favorite type of beads — nuggets. “Nuggets and freeform shapes are […]

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Twice a year, Swarovski launches a new sparkling collection featuring products designed to suit the upcoming fashion trends. The new shapes, colors, and finishes in the Spring/Summer 2019 Innovations tie to the global themes of travel, culture, leisure, freedom, and adventure. The overall theme is titled “Wanderlust.” Several of the bead and jewelry team were […]

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Running a jewelry business is an exciting proposition. Based on our research, many of you do run a business. Your jewelry business models include selling at art shows, in galleries, and selling online. From the questions we receive, we also know you’re interested in learning how to improve your businesses, expand them to the next […]

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“Spring cleaning” can happen any time of year. Something about our inner psyche, though, has this phenomenon kicking into high gear right as the days get longer and the sun feels warmer. We find ourselves opening windows to let stale air out and fresh air in, washing those windows to clean away winter debris, dusting […]

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Beads, Baubles & Jewels: It’s All Relative

Shape and scale play an important role in all types of art — but they are even more important in beads. Beads, Baubles & Jewels episode 9 from the 2600 series is filled with different examples of shape and scale along with wire and beady goodness. The artists in this episode bring you Czech glass […]

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Continued from part one of Metalsmithing: Tool Makers, Legends, and Insight on Hammering from Bill Fretz On a recent trip to Tucson, I had the pleasure of spending time with another metalsmithing toolmaker and legend, Bill Fretz. I’ve visited Bill’s booth before, but this time I was able to spend more time with him and […]

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When in Tucson, AZ for the gem and jewelry shows, it’s hard not to be swept into a shopping frenzy of jewelry-making supplies. The beads, the pearls, the gemstones — the everything! It’s actually hard to resist shopping during any gem, bead, or jewelry show, no? Once back in our studios, it’s then hard not […]

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Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Unconventional Art

Artists are known for taking an unconventional approach to their art — often introducing “non-art” supplies into their work. In this episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels, Katie honors the unique with a look at stamped metal. Katie shares: “When we talk about metal stamping, there are two different things we could be talking about. […]

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