Bring on the sparkle! Swarovski crystal releases their latest collection, just in time for building new designs for the holidays and into 2019. And just in time for treating ourselves to a new design, or two–something just for us. And “just for us” is the focus of the Swarovski trends presentation, highlighting the need for […]

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Beaded Bezel Tutorial for Crystals by Kelly Wiese

There are several ways and different stitches you can use to create beaded bezels for crystals. Kelly Wiese has put together beaded bezel tutorial after tutorial. In them, Kelly takes the time to lay a foundation for creating beaded bezels, expands them in fun directions, then shares ideas on how to use these gems in […]

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Recently, we have noticed only a small portion of Beadwork magazine gets devoted to earring patterns. We just don’t get as many earrings submissions to share with you as we do bracelets and necklaces. However, in the October/November 2018 issue, we’re giving you three new earring patterns to revamp your wardrobe! Can’t decide which pair […]

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Bead Fest 2018 is wrapped and put up until August 2019 (August 14-18, 2019, to be exact). The show is like “old home week.” We get to be together, walk the aisles, share hugs, laughs, and booth numbers to “something you must see.” And in general, be among our people! We also have lots of […]

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Pickle. Sulfur. Acetone. Mineral Spirits. Flux. Adhesives. There are so many chemicals (and minerals) in our jewelry studio and so many things to remember when using, storing, and disposing these materials. We can’t live without them, so we need to be sensible and careful as well as consider safe alternatives. When creating jewelry in your […]

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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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