The two most common things I hear when sharing my jewelry-making area are: “You don’t have a kiln in your studio?” and “You don’t have propane and oxygen in your studio?” Nope. I sure don’t, on both counts. The next question usually asked is “why?” This answer lies with my dear husband. Him, our homeowner’s […]

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Jeff Fulkerson’s jewelry designs are recognizable and covetable. Jeff’s teaching skills bring an air of relaxation, creativity, and fun to a classroom. I recently had the pleasure of being one of his students during Bead Fest Philly and it was a day to remember. As were the quotes he dropped throughout the day. Jeff on […]

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A long time ago (about 16 years) in a galaxy far, far away (Wildacres, NC), this girl got to learn some solid new skills from these amazing people (Alan Revere and Christine Dhein). ABOVE: l to r: Christine Dhein, Alan Revere, Sylvia (another attendee), and Tammy Honaman Wildacres Wildacres is a beautiful retreat destination housed […]

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Lampworked glass is a wonderful art form. It’s one of, if not the original thing that drew me into beads and jewelry making. Broaching the subject of making glass beads in our home, I said to my husband, “The techniques involved with lampworking glass are basic and I only need a few tools.” I tried. […]

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If you’re like me, you have a variety of the same jewelry-making tools to choose from on any given day, for whatever that day may bring. Always at the ready: a few pair of round-nose pliers, a myriad of flat-nose pliers, wire cutters that can handle different gauges, and so on. Recently, Helen Driggs wrote […]

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While living at the beach one summer, we (my roommates and I) instituted Thanksgiving in July. We chose to celebrate this made-up holiday on the third Thursday in July (of course!). In reflection, I can see this was about having fun doing something different (and being grown ups), and more importantly, it was about spending […]

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Each year we gather up all the previous year’s magazine issues into one convenient collection. Great news! The Beadwork 2016 collection is now available. I asked each of the editors on the team to share their favorite(s) from the year and I’m so glad I did as I’m seeing things with a different eye. And […]

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Soft soldering, like most jewelry-making techniques, takes the right tools, the right materials, and some know how. It also takes practice to perfect the finished look. Soft soldering holds a special place in my heart as it’s part of what led me to where I am today. In the Beginning I’ll spare you (most of) […]

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