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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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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Welcome to our guest blogger and jewelry artist, Tamara Honaman! Get a primer on how to turn classic jewelry styles into fashionable designs with the addition of fresh colors and techniques easily adapted to fashion jewelry making. Fashion and Jewelry Design By Tamara Honaman Fashion influences so many parts of our lives–whether we know it […]

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Ready to learn something new? If you're looking for an affordable technique that requires little tools and supplies to create stunning, intricate jewelry designs, consider chain maille! The perfect way to be introduced to chain maille jewelry making is from an expert chain maille jewelry artist, teacher, and author like Karen Karon. Her two chain […]

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