I love being able to share my passion for jewelry making with other makers, especially ones who are learning new-to-them jewelry-making techniques such as wirework, metal clay, chain maille, and even metalsmithing, including fun techniques like texturing, doming, and soldering metal, bezel making, and other metal fabrication techniques. Whatever the technique is, it's usually easier […]

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Before I got into colored stones, I loved colored glass. For the same reasons: color, light, and especially the way translucent or transparent materials show off color in a good light. So when I discovered that jewelry enamels were actually glass, it all made perfect sense. Those pools of rich colors, the sense of looking […]

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Dangle earrings. Hoop earrings, Paper earrings. Wire earrings. Earrings everywhere! You can never make too many earrings, but it’s really fun to try! Earrings are great to wear, quick and easy to design, and fun to make or modify to whatever materials you have on hand or whatever technique you’d like to make them with. […]

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I’ve been so fortunate to spend a lot of time in New Orleans and Charleston this past year, two of my favorite cities. Every trip to these vibrant places adds dozens of pictures to my inspiration file–including many pictures of old ironwork gates, fences, and balconies. The intricate iron designs are ideal inspiration for chain […]

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Enameling is our Technique of the Month for November, yay! You’ve probably seen me say that enameling is one of my favorite jewelry-making techniques, so I’m happy that we’ve given it a whole month. I’m even happier that we’re marking this special occasion with a special publication, How to Enamel Jewelry 2017. There are 12+ […]

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Gemstones are a way to add color, value, and sometimes even texture to your metal jewelry designs. Stone setting in metal jewelry is one of the metalsmith’s most rewarding and important skills, wouldn’t you agree? But it certainly isn’t the easiest. Fortunately, as with most things, stone setting gets easier with practice and expert help. […]

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Each time I write about rolling mills, I learn a new way they’re useful for metalsmithing techniques and making metal jewelry: texturing, cutting, forming and folding metal–even mokume gane.‎ So I asked some of our family of jewelry artists and teachers to share how they use rolling mills in their jewelry making. Here’s what they […]

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I love patina on metal jewelry (also sometimes referred to as “bloom”). When you look up “patina” in the dictionary, it refers to “something grown beautiful, especially with age or use,” and you’ll see synonyms like atmosphere, enticing, mystique, romance, spirit, and ambience. Wouldn’t it be great if someone described your jewelry that way? Creating […]

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As a jewelry maker, do you ever find yourself just obsessed with a particular style or design motif? For me, pretty often over the past few years, it has been granulation. I love dots in general; polka dots on clothes and housewares are such happy, stylish designs, classic and youthful in nature. I read somewhere […]

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