5+ Tips on Chain Making: Loop-in-Loop

Chain making has been an interest of mine since my early days at Lapidary Journal (somewhere around 1997, to be exact!). One of our graphic artists, Karen Dougherty, author of Metal Style, studied art in college with a focus on metals. She taught me my first chain maille pattern, and my second. My chain-making path […]

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When making jewelry, no matter the medium I’m working with, I like to inject bright, bold colors. When working with metal, enamels become my color injector of choice. And when it comes to enamels—there are lots of ways you can approach this art form. Before you get started enameling jewelry, it’s important to understand the […]

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I found myself in a Zen-looming mode while preparing a bead looming segment for Beads, Baubles & Jewels. You know, that groove you get into once all the parts and pieces are in place? It was just the loom, thread, my bead stash, and me. Okay, scissors, a beading awl, Bead on it Board, and […]

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Beads, Baubles & Jewels has been on PBS for over 13 years! The amazing team behind the show has completed 26 seasons over the 13 years. With 13 episodes per season and at least two jewelry-making segments in each episode, this means over 675 jewelry-making segments have been recorded with you in mind. Wowza! I’m […]

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When you discover something new, it’s easy to get excited about one facet but overlook others. Being a “TV kid,” I can attest to falling in love with different characters at different times depending on when I watched the show. As an example: I knew I was going to marry James Rockford of the Rockford […]

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When I bead, make jewelry, sew, or pretty much anything I do where my hands are busy and my mind available to some background noise, I put on music, listen to an audio book, or watch a program (I mostly just listen, not watch). Recently, one of the shows I had on showcased the sand […]

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Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to pause and reflect on all the women in your life and the roles they played. So many wonderful women surround me–from my friends to my family to my coworkers. My life is rich with grounding forces, friendship, support, and love. Each year I try to find a way […]

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