Jewelry

Jewelry Tools: Exploring Endless Possibilities with the Swanstrom Forming Anvil

|Sponsored| Years ago, I suddenly became interested in forming metal on something other than a flat bench block. This sudden interest hit on a weekend with no…

Detail from Yooperlite and the Northern Lights by Shelly Leigh. Credit: Michigan Milky Way Photo.

Yooperlite: Rock Hunting and the Glow of Success

Erik Rintamaki is a rock star. The 44-year-old has appeared on television screens all over the world. He’s been featured in magazines and newspapers, and online. His…

100+ Favorite Jewelry Gemstones eBook

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Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist September/October 2019 Digital

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Bead and Jewelry Workshops

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Quick Casting for Jewelry Makers: 5 Fast and Fun Methods Online Workshop

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Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft Volume 2: Hammer, Handpieces, Special Tips & Tricks Online Workshop
Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft, Volume 2 Online Workshop

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10 Sensational Silver Jewelry Making Projects eBook

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How to Photograph Your Jewelry: Beyond the Basics Online Workshop

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JEWELRY TRENDS

Soldier On: A Salute to Jewelry-Making Veterans

Beginning their careers as young women in the United States Army, Military Police Officer Tara Hutchinson and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician Jenifer Bellefleur share a determination, commitment…

Storied Stones: Special Gemstones Come in Surprising Varieties

You’d think a pleasing color with a dash of splash would be enough for some people. And it is enough for me, sometimes even more than enough.…

Jewelry Project Designs Inspired by Fall Leaves & Color

When I think of fall, I get very melancholy. To me, fall means the end of so much I look forward to all year and all I…

Enamels for Jewelry Making You Need to Know About

Enameling is an exacting but rewarding craft that can become a lifelong pursuit. Most of the tools are relatively tried, true, and unchanging, due to the exacting…

Free Mixed-Media Project: Make Fabric and Wire Jewelry

I so enjoy working with KS Productions and Katie Hacker on Beads, Baubles & Jewels. I’ve been contributing to that program for over 15 years–how is that…

Save the Pieces, Part 3: Jewelry Projects Using Scrap Silver

I’m a super thrifty girl. In my household in general, I dislike wasting things—but especially in the studio. With metal prices these days, I’m sure no one…

The Horseman Who Became a Goldsmith: Meet Michael David Sturlin

Exacting is an understatement that tells only part of the story. Michael David Sturlin’s beautiful jewelry is exacting, but what I sense most about a piece is…

How to Knot Pearls: Real, Glass, and Cotton

Picture yourself dancing at a wedding. Twirling on the dance floor, lost in the moment. You accidentally catch your necklace, and then—drat! There go all your pearls,…

Take the Sugar Skull Soldering Challenge

Is soldering a challenge for you? Or maybe you’re a soldering whiz and you’re ready for a bit of a challenge in the studio? Either way, we’re…

Circles and Friends: 10 Innovative Jewelry Designs Based on a Classic Shape

Whether or not you’re with the ancients about it being perfect, the circle, you have to admit, is a classic shape. It’s got a lot going for…

Learn How to Sell Jewelry with Carolyn Edlund

The natural progression of being an artist or creative person is to sell your work. Even if you have picked beading up as a hobby, you will…

Enamels, Found Objects, Stones & More: Anything Goes in Kirsten Denbow’s Jewelry

Like so many of us, jewelry artist Kirsten Denbow at first thought she would become something else. Then she discovered her true calling. “I was enrolled at…

Fast & Fabulous: Bead Stringing Around the World

Fast & Fabulous: Around the World features simple bead stringing designs using patterned bone, saturated gemstone colors, elephant and dragon motifs, and wood and paper beads to…

Make the Tiny Bubbles Metal Stamped Tassel Necklace

Tassels are the new black! You’ll find them everywhere in fashion right now. This design incorporates some other trending design elements, too, like hand-dyed silk fabric, metal…

Test Driving the Saeshin Micro Motor: A Little Studio Giant

|Sponsored| I recently had the pleasure of test driving the Saeshin Micro Motor from Rio Grande. I hadn’t worked with a micro motor before and didn’t know…

Create Your Own Domed, Textured Metal Clay Ring

Playing with forms and shapes led to this metal clay ring design. It seemed no matter what shape came from my hands, it was destined to perch…

Net Profits: Selling Jewelry at a Private Hotel Showing

With juried craft shows getting more prohibitive and less profitable, many jewelry artists are finding other ways to sell their work. One option that’s gaining traction, especially…

Screen Shot: Jewelry Designs Made from Screen Mesh

The first thing you’ll think when you see Dennis Nahabetian’s work is: “How the heck did he do that?” Did he use 3D computer-aided jewelry design and…

What Your Favorite Gemstone Reveals About You

Do you ever take personality tests on Facebook? You know the ones. “What kind of Disney animal are you?” “What your snacking habits reveal.” “Let us guess…

7+ Expert Tips for Making Jewelry with Argentium Sterling Silver Wire

Yes, it is sterling silver. Containing a small percentage of the element germanium, Argentium Sterling Silver is best known for its resistance to tarnishing. Its unusual composition…