Since my epiphany about the versatility of wire jewelry making a few years ago, I’ve become a huge wire fan. Naturally, that led me to a whole new category of jewelry tools: wire jewelry tools! I discovered jigs, coiling tools, fancy pliers just for wire, crinklers and spiral makers. Wire began to give metal sheet […]

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Here’s a little fact I’ll bet you didn’t know about me: I can sing. I actually sing alto in my church choir. There’s nothing I love more than learning a new piece in choir practice and singing it (correctly) in front of the congregation. Oh, I’m certainly NOT the best alto in the world. But […]

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Wire Jewelry to Make Today and Wear Tonight

Usually, making jewelry can be a long, involved, time-intensive project. Creating your design, planning your approach, gathering your materials, cutting, filing, soldering, stone setting — it can all take quite a while. And the results are usually worth it. ABOVE: Heather Lawrenz, Engraved Gemstone Ring; Photo: Jim Lawson But what if you’re short on time? […]

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When I say I’m old school, I’m not kidding. I like books that were printed with hot type, meaning you can feel the impressions of the letters on the backs of the pages. But I also like convenience in technology, which is why I prefer video downloads to DVDs. I am tired of crawling around […]

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After reading Joni’s post about making jewelry for her daughter’s wedding, I decided to do something like this for my sister. I didn’t know what my sister would want though, so I asked. She told me she wanted to wear a hair comb but hadn’t found one she liked. I had an idea, but I […]

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I love a piece of jewelry that challenges my idea of jewelry construction; ones that make me ask, “How was that done?” are always my favorite. An artist that has me in constant awe of her techniques is Sarah Thompson. Her bracelet, All Knotted Up, featured in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Step By […]

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“Whoa. Those are seriously awesome.” Those were the exact words that went through my mind when I laid eyes on these fabulous Wire Wrapped Gem Shades by Naomi Hinds. They first appeared in the August 2012 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine with a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to wire wrap your own pair. I […]

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Welcome to my studio! Or rather, welcome to my last studio before I slipped into semi-jewelry retirement to work here at Interweave. One of the challenges I always faced in my studio was finding ways to keep all my wire organized. So, naturally over the years, I tried a few different methods of organizing wire. […]

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