Metalsmith, educator, and writer Andy Cooperman works from his Seattle studio where he builds jewelry and objects for exhibitions and private clients. His work and writing has appeared in blogs, magazines and books, and is held in private and public collections, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Central College in Pella Iowa, and the […]

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Every year when Bead Fest classes are released, I get so excited to see what they are and find the ones that I want to take. It’s such a rare opportunity to lean many jewelry-making techniques from the industry’s top instructors–all in one place! It’s hard to find time to set aside for shopping, but […]

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“I love seeing students have that ‘Ah-ha!’ moment when they get it,” says jewelry artist and teacher Jeff Fulkerson. “I also love to help people get over their fears and insecurities, because art, in whatever form, should be done for your own pleasure.” He practices what he preaches, too. He’ll tell you that he makes […]

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You know how some people just have a knack for getting a lot of mileage out of anything? Jewelry artist Noël Yovovich is one of them. Naturally, when she told me she had another jewelry design idea for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, it was music to my ears. ABOVE: Noël Yovovich’s Take the Long View […]

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In this corner: a pair of Miland Suess synclastic forming pliers, over eight inches long and weighing 15 ounces. In the other corner, a 6×6-inch sheet of 24-gauge copper and a couple ounces of scrap sterling silver. Place your bets for this matchup of jewelry pliers and supplies; then sit back as I attempt five […]

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Get those seashells out of that box and make something beautiful with them–such as fossil jewelry like this Anadara pendant! By Jim Landon One cool, misty summer morning a few years back, my wife Kerry and I were walking a southern Oregon beach at low tide. We started picking up pieces of a most interesting […]

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Make a brass and bronze bracelet featuring the battering ram ancestor with the hardest head By Roger Halas Picture two male rams facing off in the mountains of Colorado. They rush each other, and we hear the resonating crack of their skulls slamming into each other at high speed. Turn the clock back 75 million […]

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Conjure up the romance of the Arthurian legend using metalsmithing techniques to make this flowery pendant  By Lexi Erickson I’m such a romantic. I close my eyes and it’s the end of summer turning into fall. I’m back in the West Country of England, where the overburdened berry bushes along the tiny lanes weep with […]

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Continued from part one of Metalsmithing: Tool Makers, Legends, and Insight on Hammering from Bill Fretz On a recent trip to Tucson, I had the pleasure of spending time with another metalsmithing toolmaker and legend, Bill Fretz. I’ve visited Bill’s booth before, but this time I was able to spend more time with him and […]

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