Since my epiphany about the versatility of wire jewelry making a few years ago, I’ve become a huge wire fan. Naturally, that led me to a whole new category of jewelry tools: wire jewelry tools! I discovered jigs, coiling tools, fancy pliers just for wire, crinklers and spiral makers. Wire began to give metal sheet […]

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Inspiration, jewelry tutorials, gemstones, jewelry tools, and other sparkly stuff. You can find all of that and more inside each issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Who can pick ONE favorite part? I love learning about new jewelry tools and supplies, and I learn a lot from seeing how different jewelry artists do things. Not […]

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I thought my affection for metal shears was odd until I heard famous foodie Andrew Zimmern’s thoughts on kitchen knives. When student chefs ask which knife is his favorite, Zimmern said, he answers, “my scissors.” With this blog brewing, his answer felt like validation. I feel free to admit that I prefer my shears to […]

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I can’t describe how much jewelry making and other crafting has enriched my life. So I appreciate any opportunity to share the maker life with friends and family. My BFF recently asked me to help her find a creative side career to make a little fun money while raising her two little ones. I was […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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