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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Add dimension, color, and lots of life to earrings by doming the metal and adding faceted gems. Prong setting gemstones is easy using a versatile new gem setting system from Sam Patania. Sparkling in 3D: Prong Setting Gemstones on Domed Earrings By Sam Patania from the January/February issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Opening photo […]

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Imagine my surprise when, after some 25 years of believing that purple was my favorite color, I was told I was wrong. Imagine my even greater surprise when I found out that I was wrong! ABOVE: I love charoite for its lively, chatoyant surface–but most of all for its rich, violety purple. Having specified that […]

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Create mesmerizing sterling silver pendant with lapis and a topaz teardrop By Michael Paone Eyes are compelling: when we see an eye, we feel an irresistible urge to look. That is true for representations as well, making the eye an exceptionally strong design feature that has been used around the world and for thousands of […]

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3D technology takes wax carving to new heights By Betsy Lehndorff “Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty.” I’m murmuring this to myself during a four-day figurative wax carving class with Kate Wolf in Portland, Maine. An internationally renowned wax carver, Kate also is a legendary instructor. I hope by the end […]

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Create sculptural floral forms using metalsmithing techniques and a hydraulic press By Brad Nichols In the summer of 2016, I created a series of three-dimensional works heavily influenced by the images of German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932). This series began with an observation of Blossfeldt’s photographs of floral forms found in nature. As a complement, […]

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