Soft soldering, like most jewelry-making techniques, takes the right tools, the right materials, and some know how. It also takes practice to perfect the finished look. Soft soldering holds a special place in my heart as it’s part of what led me to where I am today. In the Beginning I’ll spare you (most of) […]

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Remember coming home from school with a homemade Mother’s Day gift for Mom? So proud and excited you couldn’t sit still, knowing Mom was going to love what you made her, with your name scrawled on it in your precious brand-new handwriting and an “I love you” with a backwards E. Making gifts for Mom […]

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Several years ago, a dear friend of mine asked me to help her create special gifts for her stepmother and mother-in-law. Together we created what I like to call The Grandma Bracelet, a stamped metal project that’s totally one-of-a-kind. It’s a simple way to craft a special keepsake for grandmothers who love their grandkids to […]

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Business Saturday: An interview with Naomi Herndon, Proprietor of Herndon Heald (with partners Mark Herndon and Jeri Lynn Heald) Q: How would you describe your jewelry? A: We make delicate, hand-fabricated jewelry that is high quality and extremely labor intensive. Each piece of jewelry, even the cast pieces, is hammered and formed afterward to create […]

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Closures Must Close — But That’s Not All “In a perfect world, a clasp will hold securely, release easily, enhance the [jewelry’s] appearance, and cost almost nothing,” wrote metalsmith, author, teacher and so much more Tim McCreight in Lapidary Journal years ago. Nothing’s changed on that score, and since we still don’t live in a […]

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Patrik Kusek is an award-winning metal clay artist who specializes in metal clay micromosaics. Here are some general metal clay questions he hears frequently from students and his answers. So Many Metal Clays Q: I’m just starting out with metal clay, which clay should I buy? A: I recommend that students start out with any […]

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Open a jar of food. Use it as a fly swatter. Turn it into a cat toy. Stir your drink with it. Wear it as a very large earring. Prop a window open. Try to play your vinyl records. Use it as a nutcracker. Play the drums. Decorate a Christmas tree. (Although, come to think […]

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When I have the opportunity to catch up with beaders and jewelry makers in person and we start chatting about books, I’m often asked questions. How do you take all the photos demonstrating how projects are made? Do authors take the photos themselves?  Is the finished project we see of a beauty photo the same […]

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Girlfriends, get ready! We’ve partnered with Kate Richbourg, the original #solderlikealady metalsmith, to celebrate girl power. We use sharp tools; we pound on metal; we play with fire! ‎And whether we do it wearing a cool apron, well-loved jeans, or pearls, we’re not afraid to get dirty and we’re not afraid of soldering. You might […]

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