Make Artisan Bracelets That Really Rock–and Roll!

Just because jewelry can be a canvas for ideas doesn’t mean pieces have to lie flat, still, or quiet. Push and pull your metal and it becomes sculptural. Let your jewelry swing, rotate, open, and close, and it will dance. Give it parts that move about freely inside and it will sing. Finish it to […]

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The Ins and Outs of Bracelet Sizing

One of the most important parts of jewelry making is ensuring that you get the right measurements for your designs. Your jewelry can easily end up being the wrong size and be ill-fitting. You don’t want to have to start over with a piece or waste time trying to resize it. Get your bracelet size […]

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Leather is an amazing material to work with and it’s great to use in jewelry making. Leather is lightweight, durable, and available in many different forms. In the new Create Leather Jewelry eBook from Beadwork magazine, we can also see that leather is very versatile! You can dye, emboss, cut, sew, layer, rivet, knot, glue, […]

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“Great bracelet!” a fabulous goldsmith said to me as we sat down to lunch at the Tucson shows one year. “May I see it?” I was flattered of course, and happy to hand it to him. It was a moderately wide, highly textured silver cuff bracelet I’d bought at Tucson years before that had instantly […]

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Bezeling is quickly becoming one of my favorite things about bead weaving. I love making the little baskets and cinching the large beads and gems inside. In fact, I recently used tubular peyote stitch to make a bezel for a chenille ring that I made. Therefore, when I saw right-angle weave expert, Kassie Shaw’s Thistle […]

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I love a piece of jewelry that challenges my idea of jewelry construction; ones that make me ask, “How was that done?” are always my favorite. An artist that has me in constant awe of her techniques is Sarah Thompson. Her bracelet, All Knotted Up, featured in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Step By […]

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Linda Peterson, a beader from Maine, submitted her version of Kassie Shaw’s Vortices Bracelet from the February/March 2017 issue of Beadwork, as seen here. As a Beadwork subscriber for the past 20 years, Peterson has been able to spend more time with beading in the last several years since retiring. She is even selling her […]

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Is anything as inspirational as stars in the heavens? For eons, humans have found art in what they see in the night skies. And jewelry artist Roger Halas has long turned the stars and outer space into amazing designs and pieces. He’s also a science fiction buff (and writer) which lends a special slant to […]

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Whoooo’s a Chain Maille Fan? What do jewelry making, painting, glass fusing, and molecular biology have in common? The question really should be not “what” but “who,” because the answer is chain maille champion, artist, and instructor Michelle Brennan. Like many jewelry makers and craft artisans, Michelle has explored quite a few different craft media […]

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It’s summer and that means weekends are packed with picnics, graduations, weddings, and more! It can also mean a lot less time on your hands to get in the studio and make things. That’s where a simple project like the Forged Arches bracelet comes in. While it doesn’t require a lot of time to make, […]

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