Jewelry

Understanding Drusy Gemstones: Color, Cut, Setting, and Buying Tips

Drusy gemstones were once ignored by jewelry makers. These crystal-encrusted sections of rock taken from the wall of a geode or vug were deemed lovely curiosities. But…

Eating out and about in Tucson

Tucson Show Guide Dining Out: A Local’s Quick Guide to 25 Hidden Culinary Gems

There are some great restaurants in Tucson, and not all of them are on the beaten path. Trip Advisor informs us that of the 2,000 or so…

Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft Volume 1: Burs, Mandrels, Sanding/Grinding, Rubberized Abrasives & Finishing Online Workshop
Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft Volume 2: Hammer, Handpieces, Special Tips & Tricks Online Workshop
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Understanding Drusy Gemstones: Color, Cut, Setting, and Buying Tips

Drusy gemstones were once ignored by jewelry makers. These crystal-encrusted sections of rock taken from the wall of a geode or vug were deemed lovely curiosities. But…

Custom Stone Settings: Give Your Gem the Setting It Deserves

When you have yowza-wowza cabochon material, you want it cut into a really yowza gem and put into equally wowza jewelry. Which pretty much means you need…

Events and Happenings Around the 2019 Tucson Gem Shows

You might think of the annual Tucson gem shows as just a place to shop for gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and beads. And that is, of course,…

New Techniques for a New Year: What Jewelry-Making Skills Will You Learn?

When it comes to metalsmithing and jewelry making, there’s almost no end to the techniques you can learn and develop. That is probably why we love it…

First Steps in Metalsmithing: How I Learned the Art of Water Casting

When I think of metalsmithing, my mind conjures up Hephaestus himself surrounded by blazing flames, glowing rods, forging hammers, and showering sparks. At the same time, I…

Orange Crush: In Love with Color, Gems, and Tucson

What are tenterhooks? I’m not sure, but I’d been on them ever since October when I learned that one of Pantone’s 2019 Spring/Summer Fashion Forecast Colors was…

Fortune or Folly? Try Finland’s Water Casting Tradition to Foretell the New Year!

There’s nothing like a quirky cultural tradition to make me applaud humanity’s diverse yet shared quest for meaning. While we may chuckle at another country’s baffling pastimes,…

Storytelling with Jewelry Designs: 25 Exotic Projects to Express Your Global Style

I bet you’ve heard that adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, I have to confess that at first, I did judge Anne Potter’s…

Happy Sparkle Season! Make Festive Holiday Jewelry and Sparkle Into Next Year

The day after Thanksgiving is the official start of my own made-up holiday, Sparkle Season. What, you’ve never heard of Sparkle Season? It begins, as I said,…

Why Rolling Mills Are Irresistible: Perspectives and Tips from Richard Sweetman

A studio with a rolling mill in it is practically begging people to come twirl the adjusting screws and crank various items through the rollers. For some…

Happy Holidays from Interweave!

The holiday season is a time for giving, and we know many of you makers have been busy creating wonderful gifts for those you love. To you,…

Do You Know All 6 Pickling Steps for Soldering Jewelry?

It’s practically axiomatic: first you solder, then you pickle. Actually, you solder, quench, pickle, rinse. Or is that pickle, quench, rinse? Or is that . . . …

‘Twas The Night Before Knitmas

‘Twas the night before Knitmas when all through the house Not a needle was clicking, making sweater nor blouse Knitted stockings were hung by the chimney with…

Editors’ Picks for Jewelry Making: Metal, Color, Tools & More

We all have favorites: favorite jewelry-making tools, favorite techniques, and favorite designers. Our favorites might change from time to time based on the time of year, the…

Studio Notes: It’s a Gray8 Time to Think About Colorful Jewelry! Part 2

Color is a huge design element in jewelry, and your choices can make or break a cohesive look. For a few hours, though, forget about rules. Instead,…

Pre-Plan Your Tucson Gem Show Trek with the 2019 Tucson Show Guide

I want to go to Tucson. I mean, I really want to go to Tucson. As I write this, it is cold and rainy and gray in…

How the Tucson Shows Got Their Start

Editor’s Note: Today “the Tucson show” a.k.a. “the gem show” comprises some 40 wholesale, retail, and wholesale/retail venues sprawling across the city, lasting more than two weeks,…

Tucson Show Guide Dining Out: A Local’s Quick Guide to 25 Hidden Culinary Gems

There are some great restaurants in Tucson, and not all of them are on the beaten path. Trip Advisor informs us that of the 2,000 or so…

Test Your Jewelry Photography Smarts With Our No-Pressure Quiz!

When you hear terms like diffusion frames, histograms, and layer masks, do your eyes light up . . . or does your head start swimming? No matter…

Studio Notes: It’s a Gray8 Time to Think About Colorful Jewelry! Part 1

At the moment, my world is specter-white, nights and mornings lost to darkness, everything splintered with cold. Lately I’ve only been cranking out safe sterling silver and…