The holidays are winding down, our gifts made and gifted, the decorations being packed away. Now, we can get back to creating and making use of the gifts we received. For jewelry makers, that often means new jewelry making tools! Not sure exactly what to do with your great new tools? Our team is here […]

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10+ Jewelry Designs to Hang from Your Tree

Almost any pendant jewelry design has ornament potential, and almost any jewelry design can be made pendant. Pendant as in hanging: pendant earrings, pendants that hang from neckwires, charms dangling from a chain bracelet. That’s important because hanging is the number one priority for a tree ornament, except for the topper. And, while snowflakes, stars, […]

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I thought my affection for metal shears was odd until I heard famous foodie Andrew Zimmern’s thoughts on kitchen knives. When student chefs ask which knife is his favorite, Zimmern said, he answers, “my scissors.” With this blog brewing, his answer felt like validation. I feel free to admit that I prefer my shears to […]

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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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“Great bracelet!” a fabulous goldsmith said to me as we sat down to lunch at the Tucson shows one year. “May I see it?” I was flattered of course, and happy to hand it to him. It was a moderately wide, highly textured silver cuff I’d bought at Tucson years before that had instantly become […]

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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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Art critics say Philadelphia jeweler Stacey Lee Webber has the vision and soul of a gritty American working class laborer. But under her Batman costume in her studio, she’s also got a sharp sense of humor. And the patience of a saint. The 35-year-old is known for making life-sized power tools, hand tools, even a […]

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Jewelry Tools: 8 Ways to Show Your Love and Respect

USUALLY IT’S A CAUTION — respect your jewelry tools — but not always. Tool respect also involves dedication, organization, etiquette, and lots of TLC. If you love jewelry-making tools, show them all the respect they deserve. Here are eight simple ideas you can apply to help the tools you love help you make the most […]

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In the August 2017 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Helen Driggs presented the best stone setting tools in her “Cool Tools & Hip Tips” column. Two of her favorites are Contenti’s Setter’s Wheel and Setter’s Cement. One of our readers, Wayne Barnett, wrote to the magazine about the setter’s wheel: “I look forward to […]

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