Metal clay jewelry making has been my favorite jewelry technique since I first did it almost 15 years ago. Torch-fired and kiln-fired; silver, copper and bronze; paper, syringe, powdered, and traditional metal clay . . . I’ve tried it all and loved every bit of it. But at BeadFest in August, I did an hour-long […]
When I see Bill Fretz hammering metal at jewelry shows or in metalsmithing videos, I’m amazed at how effortless he makes it look. But really, who knows how to hammer metal better than the man who has created the world’s most enviable line of jewelry-making tools? Bill’s metalsmithing hammers and stakes are coveted by all […]
You probably think of resin jewelry making when you see Susan Lenart Kazmer’s name. It’s for good reason–her name has been part of her ICE Resin brand for years. But when I saw Susan at Bead Fest last month, I was reminded that she is also a trained jewelry artist whose talents span metalwork, wire […]
Being able to turn flat metal sheet into curved, dimensional shapes is among a jewelry maker’s most impressive metalsmithing skills. Using only simple tools and elbow grease? Even more impressive! Sometimes referred to as shell forming, it’s like making something from almost nothing–and it feels like one of the most creative things I’ve ever done. […]
Metal clay jewelry making is my favorite, due partly to the versatility of the different metal clay types. But mostly, I love it because of the magic of starting with clay and ending with metal! So I’m always encouraging friends and family to try metal clay jewelry making. Now that I’ve mastered torch-firing metal clay, […]
Whether you do wirework, beadwork, or metalwork, pliers are essential to our work–perhaps more than any other jewelry-making tool. I know I have my favorites and I bet you do, too. I might even have duplicates of some of those favorites, just in case. Years ago, I never imagined that I’d get attached to some […]
I don’t share my personal metalsmithing work on social media much, but I seem certain to share if I hammer my thumb, lose a gemstone in the mess of my bench, or nearly catch something on fire. I wonder why that is? Is it simply humility that makes us share our metalsmithing mishaps more than […]
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