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Bold and Brilliant

pre-made and then pick one of a zillion stones, and voila! You have a so-called ‘custom piece.' Metal clay brings back the feel of having a one-of-a-kind piece. Unless you have something cast and run off a machine, it is impossible to make two...

The Seven Year Stringing Cycle

Dear Customer, In the 36 years that we have been manufacturing jewelry wire, we have witnessed a clear trend that we refer to as "The Seven Year Stringing Cycle." For approximately seven years, the fashion jewelry industry embraces bead stringing...

Bead Star 2009 Best in Show

Sue has left Florida and moved back to New Jersey to be with her son and grandchild. While everyone hopes to be an asset to the company they work for, it's another thing for the boss to turn out to be an asset to the employee. Clearly, Sue's boss...

Stringing and Jewelry-Making Fundamentals

Using Accu-GuardsAt one end of a length of Accu-Flex beading wire (cut to the proper length for your design) thread on a crimp bead (or crimp tube) then thread the wire through one side of an Accu-Guard wire protector. Continue passing the wire over...

Artistic Evolution

''By the time I was a senior in high school, I'd been playing the piano for a dozen years, and many people expected me to pursue it in college,'' Rebeca explains. ''However, it wasn't something that came truly natural to me. I enjoyed playing, but I...

Attitude of Gratitude

Congratulate yourself if you made it through 2010 with your business and personal life relatively intact. Even if you're a bit bruised, bummed or burned out, you still need to pat yourself on the back--you survived! In my last column, I mentioned...

Famous Paintings Depicting Angels

Angels are everywhere you look, from film to television to jewelry designs--and with good reason. These beautiful beings are renowned for having a radiant glow that naturally draws attention. Angels are also acknowledged as do-gooders here on Earth....

2nd Street Beads

After much deliberation and about a year of research, Janie and Russell were ready. They made a few renovations to their charming old furniture shop and started stocking up on jewelry-making basics including findings, Swarovski crystals, gemstone...

Where Creativity Thrives

In this competitive day and age, professionals from all walks of life have their eyes set on improving their skills in order to remain relevant in the job market. Understanding the latest advances in your field keeps you relevant rather than...

Mosaic Masterpieces

Jacqui Ridley always drew, took art classes when she was an undergrad at Wayne State University, ran a successful bakery business, and found ways to nurture her creative spirit. But something shifted within her when she started playing with pieces...

Having an Artistic Identity Crisis? 7 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back

Anyone reading my bio might think I'm having an identity crisis-- In my case, it's really more about not knowing what I want to be when I grow up. But a recent conversation made me stop and think that maybe I do have a bit of an identity crisis. I...

D.X. Ross

A creator in every sense of the word, D. X. Ross (American, 1953 - 2008) was perhaps best known for her totemic jewelry: hand wrought, intricate metal work, with juxtaposed materials of precious and semiprecious stones, unusual shapes and soft...

13 New Rules of Handmade You Need to Know

The landscape of handcrafted is changing--and for the better. With change, though, come new rules. Understanding and embracing those new rules can only make your handmade business better and more successful. American consumers are more aware of...

Opposites Attract

It's fun to have multiple interests and styles, though jewelry can occasionally be a difficult thing to settle on when you have so many ways of expression. If the runways are telling us anything, it is this doesn't have to be a dilemma anymore....

Fashion Trends to Try as Summer Turns Into Fall

When it comes to jewelry-making and other accessories, it seems like the industry is always changing. With new seasons come different styles, and it's important to be mindful of them to seamlessly fit in with up-and-coming trends. This year, there...

Punch, Roll-Print, Solder Layered Silver-Disk Bracelet

On the last day of my first-ever metalsmithing class, the instructor gave us this challenge: Use the beginner-level skills we'd learned to design and make a piece of jewelry. We'd be surprised, she said, by how far we could go using only very basic...

Stepping Stones

There's nothing more exciting than learning a new technique and imagining how I can extend and develop it to create something very different than the class project where it was introduced. That's what was going through my mind when, during a ring...

Jewelry Gifts: Fantastic, Fun and Frugal

You already have enough jewelry-making common knowledge and possess the creative skills to make incredible gifts that are fantastic, fun and frugal. Everyone loves that feeling when giving a special gift, patiently watching as the recipient is blown...

Destination-Themed Custom Jewelry

Travelers are always looking for a souvenir of a beloved destination. As one put it, "I'd pay anything to have a little piece of this wonderful place with me always--something that really captures the essence of its natural appeal and beauty." Here...

The Flying Pig Enchants on Lake Michigan's Majestic Shoreline

Conner, whose background is in accounting and library science, partnered with Robyn Mulhaney, a master gardener and artist, to create the compelling environment that keeps visitors coming back season after season. "The act of discovery and surprise...
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