Jewelry

The Bead Fest 2019 Buzz: We Can’t Wait For…

We’re all getting excited about the upcoming Bead Fest in Oaks, PA, August 14 through 18. Classes, shopping, demos, friends, and more—there’s a lot to be excited…

Wet Wildflowers Necklace from Ranger using Quick Cure Clay and ICE Resin

Free Tutorial: Ranger Quick Cure Clay and ICE Resin Wildflower Necklace

We’re excited to share this beautiful Quick Cure Clay project from our friends at Ranger! This kiln-free clay is easy to work with and perfect for making…

Tucson Show Guide 2019

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Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist J/F 2019

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Metalsmith Essentials: Make a Box Clasp Online Workshop with Richard Sweetman

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Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft Volume 2: Hammer, Handpieces, Special Tips & Tricks Online Workshop
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10 Textured Metal Jewelry Projects eBook

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Woven in Wire Book
Woven in Wire: Dimensional Wire Weaving in Fine Art Jewelry

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JEWELRY TRENDS

What Was Hot at the Bead & Button Show and Getting Ready for Bead Fest!

There is no shortage of hugs and love when you join up with friends, no matter the occasion. When you head to a bead and jewelry-making event,…

A Very Short History of Cultured Pearls

At the end of the 19th century, Kokichi Mikimoto rattled the natural pearl world with the introduction of cultured pearls. Until that time, pearls were a rarity,…

I Did This, But . . . Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Helps You Do Whatever You Want

There’s a reason why the projects in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist often read more like stories than instructions, and it’s not simply a matter of style. It’s…

Summer Road Trip: Dig for Diamonds at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park

While lab-grown diamonds may be “made in the USA,” the US also has a source of natural diamonds. They are not commercially mined. They are mined by…

Understanding the 7 Factors of Cultured Pearl Grading

On the surface, a cultured pearl grading system wouldn’t seem difficult to create, as there are seven common factors everyone agrees are vital in establishing pearl quality:…

Lab-Grown Diamonds: The New Disruptive Force

If you haven’t heard about lab-grown diamonds, you no doubt will in the coming months. Lab-grown, man-made, manufactured, synthetic diamonds are the same thing: they are diamonds…

Cool Links, Hot Chain, Fan Maille and Other Jewelry Making Projects from Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Here’s a go-to piece of jewelry if ever I saw one, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Karen Lauseng created this casually chic bracelet…

Watch and Learn: How to Make Textured Polymer Clay Beads

You can do almost anything with polymer clay. You can impress patterns into it, mold it, sculpt it, blend it, embed mixed media, paint it, embellish it…

Studio Notes: How to Saw a Straight Line

Problem: Do you hate sawing? Do you break your blade with the very first downward stroke? Does the blade wander all over the place as if it…

Enameling and Jewelry Making with Sara Lukkonen at Bead Fest

If you think C-Koop is a cute nickname for former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, then it’s likely been awhile since you’ve visited a bead show or…

Behold the Trivet: Essential Jewelry Tool for Easier, Faster, Better Soldering (and More)

|sponsored| If you had a different soldering teacher than me, you probably learned a different way to solder. (Same with enameling.) I was taught to never use…

Color Titanium Jewelry: 5 Tips from Noël Yovovich

If titanium were an animal, it would be a chameleon. Contrary to popular belief, the famously transformative reptile does not change colors to blend in with its…

Added Value: Using Gemstone Beads

Gemstones are an easy, ideal way to add color, value, and even a bit of sparkle to your designs. I can’t think of many gemstones that aren’t…

Studio Notes: Soldering Fun with Pick and (Ball) Chain

In the March/April 2019 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, I turned heavy sterling silver chain and wire into stock for rings and bracelets. When I ran…

A Gemstone Lover’s Tour of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

I was delighted this past summer to be able to visit Oxford, England, a city of beautiful golden limestone, set in a region of limestone. As a…

Colorful Ideas, Multiple Techniques: 7 Tutorials for Making Flower Jewelry

Spring is here! And along with Easter and Mother’s Day, spring brings blooming trees and flowers with it. That means one thing for my studio. Spring cleaning?…

Sawing and Soldering: Make Your Own Sterling Silver Flower Ring

Flowers have always been a source of joy for me. When I was growing up, one of my grandmothers had a garden full of hydrangeas, pansies, irises,…

Make Flower Jewelry Designs for a Studio Full of Blooms

Cheerful colors, delicate petals, and beautiful scents—what’s not to love about flowers? I grew up playing in my grandmother’s garden and know the names of flowers as…

Learn Metalsmithing, Rotary Tools, and More with Helen Driggs

I’ve been teaching for over a decade now. Every time I teach metalwork in person and feel a twinge of regret that I am not a career…

Raised by a Maker: Those Who Gave Us the Gift of Crafting

At a family breakfast this weekend, Mama, my aunt, and my uncle talked about crepe paper flowers my grandmother made when they were little. My uncle remembered…