Jewelry

A Modern Twist: Try Metal Clay Mokumé Gané with Jackie Truty

I love learning about traditions that have been passed down through generations. Mokumé gané is one such tradition. Once nearly forgotten, it now thrives in various forms…

drusy gemstones: This is another selection of drusy. The shapes with the metallic glittery look are coated with titanium. Photo by Jim Lawson.

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…

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Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft Volume 1: Burs, Mandrels, Sanding/Grinding, Rubberized Abrasives & Finishing Online Workshop
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Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft Volume 2: Hammer, Handpieces, Special Tips & Tricks Online Workshop
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Woven in Wire: Dimensional Wire Weaving in Fine Art Jewelry

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JEWELRY TRENDS

A Modern Twist: Try Metal Clay Mokumé Gané with Jackie Truty

I love learning about traditions that have been passed down through generations. Mokumé gané is one such tradition. Once nearly forgotten, it now thrives in various forms…

Learn the Best Techniques for Stone Setting

So you’ve bought a gorgeous gemstone. Now what? Choosing the best stone setting for your stone can be essential in your jewelry design. ABOVE: Small or large,…

Metal Mix Up: How to Hide Solder When Soldering Copper

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t get asked how to solder copper or other alternative metals, like brass and bronze, to each other or silver.…

Alter Metal Surfaces 15+ Ways with Susan Lenart Kazmer

What I love about Susan Lenart Kazmer in her videos and workshops is that she floods my mind with possibility after possibility. If you’ve ever taken an…

I Predict: Jewelry Trends for 2019

Although I can’t see into the future any more than you can, after 30+ years at Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, I might have a clue or two…

10 Types of Stone Setting for Your Jewelry Designs

Who doesn’t love including gorgeous stones in their jewelry designs? Nothing enhances a piece more than a colorful fabulous gem. The first technique that comes to mind…

It Started with a Bezel: Meet Jewelry Tool Designer and Artist Bill Fretz

Of course I know it has to be more than “a few” years since I first met Bill Fretz, but I was stunned to calculate it’s been…

Learn Polymer Clay Jewelry Making with Lapidary Journal

This time of year, there is a whole lot of reflecting going on. Reflecting could take me back to last year, where I’ll likely focus on what…

Jewelry Making with Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral

The art and design worlds are all abuzz with Pantone’s color of the year for 2019: Living Coral. This pinkish-orange shade feels breezy and cheerful to me.…

Remembering Polymer Artist and Advocate Elise Winters

Elise Winters, an artist and arts educator from New Jersey, has died at the age of 71, having survived and thrived during 16 years of cancer treatment.…

Lexi’s Lessons: 14 Tips for Shopping the Tucson Gem Shows

After many years attending the Tucson gem shows, I’ve learned a thing or two! Here’s my best advice to help you have a great time at The…

6 Ways to Explore Flex Shaft Possibilities with Andy Cooperman

Who were your favorite teachers in school? If you think back, I’m sure you’ll notice that the ones who made the biggest impact on you didn’t merely…

It’s Tucson Time! 6 Tips for Attending the Gem, Jewelry, Bead, Mineral & Jewelry-Making Supplies Shows

Soon I’ll be walking the sparkling aisles at one of dozens of gem, jewelry, bead, and mineral shows in Tucson. And I can’t wait! If you’re heading to…

Places to Eat & Things to Enjoy Around the Annual Tucson Gem Shows

While you’re enjoying the 2019 Tucson gem, jewelry, mineral, fossil, and bead shows, don’t forget to take some time to enjoy Tucson and all it has to…

Wit, Wisdom, and Inspiration: Online Workshops Provide a Window Into Artistic Minds

Taking a class in jewelry making is exciting for many reasons. Not only is it a chance to learn new techniques to incorporate into our own work,…

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…