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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I’ve gained a new passion and respect for wire jewelry in the past two years, and it’s largely due to discovering how versatile wire and wire jewelry making is. In fact, I’d go so far as to say there’s almost no jewelry to be made without the use of at least some kind of wire […]

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I will never forget when my friend and metalsmithing teacher Lexi Erickson, who was teaching me all I needed to know about soldering jewelry, first handed me the torch, repeating quietly behind me, “Just remember, solder flows toward the heat, and keep the flame moving.” I don’t solder jewelry on a regular basis, so when […]

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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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I’ve been “researching” enameling project ideas on Pinterest more hours that I’d like to admit lately! Enameling is still one of my favorite techniques, and I’m always looking for new ways to use enamels in my work as well as new techniques to try. Pauline Warg’s new book, Jeweler’s Enameling Workshop: Techniques and Projects for […]

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