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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...

10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

Occasionally, though, our creativity needs an infusion of joy and inspiration. For artists, there are many ways to stoke those temporarily dim embers and light a renewed creative fire. Often, creativity flows out of everyday experiences and simple...

The Beadmakers' Handbook

A Message, If it wasn't for a wrong assumption on our part, this catalog would never have existed. Customers were coming in our store requesting information about bead stringing. We're delighted to share what we know, but as our customers became...

Mandrels

A mandrel is a metalsmithing tool used to size and shape many types of metal and wire. Mandrels are typically used with a vise and a hammer or mallet to properly shape metal for jewelry making. Mandrels come in all different shapes, sizes and...

Getting Your Schtick Together: How Cohesive is Your Work

In this column, I frequently talk about the importance of exploring new paths in both your personal life and work. Trying new things is a viable antidote to stress, career burnout, or creative blocks. This can be especially effective for established...

Style Snapshot: The Octopus Jewelry Trend

What has 8 legs, lives in the sea and is turning out to be a popular motif in jewelry? It's the octopus. This aquatic cephalopod even made a splash on the 2016 Oscars red carpet when Whoopi Goldberg wore a fascinating, diamond-encrusted octopus...

Extending Your Component Usage – Alternate Uses for Extender Chains

One of the rewards of jewelry-making is incorporating new uses for components in your designs. The traditional use of an extender chain is, as the name implies, to extend the length of a necklace or bracelet. Most often this is achieved by adding...

Jewelry and Skin Tone: Designing Jewelry that Flatters

Do you know if you have a cool or warm skin tone? Skin tone is one of the biggest factors in designing flattering jewelry that accentuates you and your customers' beauty. Whether you are designing jewelry for yourself, or to gift or sell to others,...

And Around It Goes: 20 Ways to Wear a Lariat

The lariat necklace has risen to new heights of popularity, due to its appearance on Hollywood stars such as Olivia Wilde, Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway and others. As the jewelry company Stella and Dot discovered with their Zoe Lariat Necklace, this...

How to Use Lacy's Stiff Stuff™

is a favorite jewelry-making base for beadwork--especially seed beads. Aside from this beading foundation showing up in many of our jewelry contest entries, Fire Mountain Gems' own jewelry designers also love to incorporate the backing in many of...

Style Snapshot: Shark Week

Jewelry is all about expression, displaying interests of all kinds. And honestly, who isn't interested in Discovery Channel's yearly Shark Week marathon? Nature, and therefore , has been a continuous source of jewelry inspiration and design for ......

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with Jewelry

This Saint Patrick's Day, be pinch-proof! Create and sell green jewelry with a St. Paddy's Day theme to join in the revelry. Whether you're Irish or not, this jewelry-making opportunity awaits designer-artists each and every year for a boost in...

Enamels in Jewelry-Making

The are manufactured for use on metal, and best if used on fine silver and copper. Understanding how each enamel color and type reacts to the heat, and to other colors, is best done through testing so you are aware of what to expect when you apply...

Face Shape and Jewelry Choices

Every jewelry artist includes a variety of elements when creating a piece: colors, styles and materials. Knowing how different jewelry styles complement different face shapes gives a designer-artist an edge in creating flattering and popular...

What is Marcasite?

Customers love the brilliance of marcasite, but often wonder why the price tag is a little higher for this gemstone. To answer this important question, a little gemology and fashion history is in order.

In the Mood (for Color-Changing Jewelry)

So, how do mood components work anyway? While some people will tell you the stones are magic, the truth is, mood jewelry is a lot more scientific. Tiny liquid crystals inside components directly react to temperature changes. The crystals twist in...

Cold Connections

- Amazingly tiny but mighty and finely engineered screws, washers and nuts in brass and in silver and copper finishes. - These guys are essential when making holes in the materials to be joined as they create holes which allow the passage of the...

Geek Chic Jewelry: Part 1 - Science Fiction

Space--the final frontier and an endless source of inspiration. The fashion world is swept up by the galactic storm in what Harper's Bazaar describes as, "a geek chic moment." Famous designers including Rodarte in New York and Preen of London have...

5 Simple Steps to Make More Time for Jewelry-Making

How would you like more time to make jewelry? Many artists juggle work, family and more, in addition to managing their jewelry-making business. Oftentimes jewelry-makers are working from home and find themselves unable to avoid distractions. Here...

Beginner's Guide to Loomwork - Part 2: Basic Terms, Tools and Materials

Now that you've selected a loom, let's talk about the tools and materials you'll need to do some bead weaving with it. But before we do that, here's a review of some basic loomwork terms. Thankfully, because the looms we are dealing with are basic,...
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