While many makers dream of turning their hobby into a career, it isn’t for everyone. Lesley McKeown, owner of Lesley Aine McKeown American Studio Art Jewelry, explains her own experience as a professional jewelry artist and the joys and difficulties associated with being a full-time artist. Q: Can you please describe yourself and your work? […]

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In the November 2017 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist you’ll find a sterling silver canteen on page 67 made by Gallup, NM, silversmith Lyndon Tsosie. The image is part of a lush package of jewelry stamp stories by Sharon Elaine Thompson and Jeff Fulkerson. But there isn’t a lot about this Navajo artist. So […]

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We asked a handful of prominent designers for their best advice on how to improve a beaded jewelry design. Whether you struggle with color selection, tool choice, or just plain old inspiration, read on to see what the experts recommend! Sara Oehler, Soft Flex Company To improve your jewelry designs, choose the best products possible […]

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Artist Kinga Nichols certainly has a unique perspective of the world, especially the beading world. As an expert in bead embroidery, she has recently filmed a five course series on Advanced Bead Embroidery with Interweave, featuring courses on finishing touches, closures, troubleshooting, 3D layering, and bezeling unusually shaped focals. Learn a little bit more about […]

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Sometimes hope and beauty spring from the most unlikely circumstances. In April 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake triggered an avalanche of rock, ice, and snow, killing a third of Langtang residents and destroying most of their homes. Before the earthquake, the tiny mountain village in northern Nepal enjoyed a steady flow of adventurous tourists […]

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Soldier On: A Salute to Jewelry-Making Veterans

Beginning their careers as young women in the United States Army, Military Police Officer Tara Hutchinson and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician Jenifer Bellefleur share a determination, commitment to service, and passion to bring joy and beauty to people that lead them both to what they believe is their true calling as jewelry artists. ABOVE: Tara […]

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Origami Jewelry Made Easy

Origami is one of my favorite paper crafts. I really enjoy the meditative nature of making precise folds to produce a beautiful paper sculpture. So I was really excited to come across Julián Laboy Rodríguez’s Origami Jewelry Motifs. ABOVE: Origami charm bracelet from Origami Jewelry Motifs My first exposure to origami was back in the […]

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South Florida jewelry designer Hannah Long participates in almost 40 art shows a year all over the country. And despite this mind-numbing whirlwind of activity, she loves making and selling one-of-a-kind pieces. How does she do it??? Her Jewelry Style: architectural yet organic, often large scale, incorporating black coral, pearls, diamonds, colorful cabochons, sea glass, […]

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