A hand-carved metal clay bracelet with a hinge hiding among the details By Janet Alexander A beautiful bracelet with decorative pin hinges intertwined in the design leaves people wanting to know how it works. I like to combine clay techniques with metalsmithing skills. Metal clay allows me to carve into the clay, making my own […]

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Paper quilling has an interesting history and has recently reemerged as a mindful craft. We love a good trend at Interweave and hopped on board with Ann Martin’s book, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry. This delightful book pairs well with our new metal clay paper quilling online course, Quilling Jewelry Using Art Clay. The […]

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Metal clay jewelry making has been my favorite jewelry technique since I first did it almost 15 years ago. Torch-fired and kiln-fired; silver, copper and bronze; paper, syringe, powdered, and traditional metal clay . . . I’ve tried it all and loved every bit of it. But at BeadFest in August, I did an hour-long […]

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Black and white. Yin and yang. Coffee and cream. The interaction and contrasts of opposites can result in some amazing and stunning jewelry designs. RIGHT: Photo: Getty Images Patrik Kusek’s Mosaic Metal Clay Pin, from the December 2016 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, combines black and white — and silver and gold — in a […]

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One of the most useful jewelry-making skills to master is stone setting. But referring to stone setting as “a skill” is deceptive — there are so many different ways to set stones. It’s a matter of finding your favorite or favorites for incorporating stones into your designs. Photo above: Getty Images If you’re intimated by metalsmithing […]

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Inspiration: Where does it come from? Where can you get some? What is it? This is one of the hot topics of conversation for artists all over the world. For jewelry makers there are certainly times of “designers block” when nothing, I mean NOTHING is coming out of your little noggin! My fave fix for […]

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I grew up as a tomboy. I used all kinds of tools, helping my dad work on things; I played in creeks and climbed trees, poked sticks in fires like a pro and “helped” my grandmother build fires in her old wood stove. So I don’t recall ever being afraid of tools or fire, but […]

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I recently had the pleasure of working with the Interweave crew, filming four metal clay eCourse videos. The titles of the courses already released are: Getting Started Precious Metal Clay Series: Torch Firing PMC Introduction with Darlene Armstrong and Getting Started Precious Metal Clay Series: Torch Firing PMC Projects – Molded Earrings with Darlene Armstrong. The titles for […]

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Darlene Armstrong teaches you how to make jewelry, including these earrings which include torch fired metal clay components. I first met Darlene Armstrong at the Tucson “gem” (and bead, mineral, fossil, jewelry, etc.) shows years ago. We’d been e-mailing about some projects for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Then, as the calendar rolled around toward year’s […]

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“Have you seen this guy’s work?” then Jewelry Making Daily editor Tammy Jones asked me a while back, and included an image of Patrik Kusek’s metal clay micromosaics. I had not, but I got right on it! His jewelry pieces were unlike anything I’d seen, with a compelling mixture of detail, straight lines, curves, and […]

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