Jewelry

Tammy Honaman’s Top 5 Favorite Torch-Fired Enameling Techniques

I love color. There are no two ways about it. Color draws me into a material and it leads my hand into a design. Okay. Maybe that’s…

Photo Jewelry: How to Add Images to Your Designs Part 2, Advanced Techniques

See those fine spider webs etched on these sterling silver cuffs? The pattern actually came from a digital photo I found online. I’ll tell you how I…

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, September/October 2018 Magazine
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
Jewelry Tools Stamp Set
Woven in Wire Book

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Lights! Camera! Braid! Making the Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy Promotional Video

Have you ever signed yourself up for something without really thinking about it? This recently happened to me when I offhandedly mentioned in a meeting that I…

Rediscovering the Flex Shaft: What Have You Done With Yours Lately?

I’ll just tell you right here at the beginning that I am not a flex shaft pro. I’ve had some of my larger and less-used jewelry tools…

Resin Jewelry Techniques: Resin Casting, Resin Paper, and More

During Bead Fest Philadelphia, resin jewelry techniques, ideas, and classes seemed to be everywhere and the attendees couldn’t get enough! Ranger Industries hosted several resin classes, all…

Photo Jewelry: How to Add Images to Your Designs, Part 1

When you incorporate photographs or other images into your work, you increase your chances of creating a signature look all your own. It can be as simple…

The 2018 Halstead Grant Competition Winners Announced

Each year, Halstead Jewelry Supplies hosts The Halstead Grant competition. Grant founder and Halstead President Hilary Halstead Scott shares: “The competition began in 2006 as a way…

Editors’ Picks and 5-Star Favorite Jewelry Making Products

Everybody shops online these days. It’s quick, it’s easy, and you can find just about anything you need. But it can be hard sometimes to decide exactly…

Color Psychology of Gemstones: Rhodochrosite, Rubellite, and Other Pink Gems

We’ve been looking at different colors–and by extension, colored gemstones–and the effect they have on our minds and emotions. There is almost no color that gets as…

Metal Stamping Bracelets: Wear Your Tools on Your Sleeve

Although I have a degree in metalsmithing along with the accompanying tools and torches (now that I think about it, my tanks may be empty), I rarely…

5 Reasons I Love Expanding My Jewelry-Making Skills This Way

Nothing beats taking a class with an expert jewelry artist to master jewelry-making skills. If that’s not possible, online courses are excellent ways to learn and expand…

Jewelry Tools: The Curse of the Ringing Anvil and Bouncy Bench Block, Part 3 – Anvil Envy

Who knew anvils could be sooooo exciting. Recent online buzz about these jewelry tools has even generated some anvil envy. ABOVE: Judy Staby Hoch’s 35-pound studio anvil by…

The Smart and Easy Way to Develop Jewelry Designs: Vary Them!

Embrace variation: a touch of change is your friend. Tweaking jewelry designs lets you spin one idea into many. Go back to the original and push in…

Carve, Color, and Embellish Cast Resin Bangles and Cuffs with Cynthia Thornton

There seems to be no end in sight for the popularity of bangle and cuff bracelets–and the more, the merrier! Bangles and cuffs provide armfuls of opportunities…

Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy: Techniques for Perfecting Braid Structures

When first learning kumihimo wirework, you’ll notice right away that braiding with wire is different than other media you’ve used before. Wire is firmer and less forgiving…

Christi Friesen’s Top 10 Polymer Clay Tools

Having the right tool for the job is such a joy. It makes the task go from a struggle to a pleasure. Some things require lots of…

Jewelry Tools: The Curse of the Ringing Anvil and Bouncy Bench Block, Part 2

Do you use a bench block? (These jewelry tools are heavy plates of hardened steel about 4 x 4 inches square.) Does it bounce every time you…

Wire Wrapping: How to Make a Double-Wrapped Loop

I’ve always loved the look of a double-wrapped loop in wire wrapping. It’s my go-to method for joining beads into chain for bracelets and necklaces. The double-wrapped…

Color Psychology of Gemstones: Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli, and Other Blue Gems

Look up on a cloudless day and what do you see? Blue. Deep and limitless. Perhaps it is no wonder that this color is the favorite color…

Granulation 101: How to Add Texture and Interest to Your Metal Jewelry Designs with an Ancient Technique

As a jewelry maker, do you ever find yourself just obsessed with a particular style, technique, or design motif? For me, over the past few years, one…

Making Metal Jewelry IS Fun: Mixing Favorite Techniques and Supplies with Jen Cushman

After years–wow, it’s actually decades now–of working in the crafts/maker industry, I’ve picked up so many favorite techniques, materials, and genres along the way. So my happiest…

Toolbox Essentials: Must-Have Tools for Kumihimo Wirework

An inexpensive kumihimo disk and some basic tools are all you need to create Christina Larsen’s braided wire earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. You’ll find a few extra…