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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...

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...

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...

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...

Balance, Form, Transform

While on maternity leave from her full-time job, artist Kim Paige was looking for something to do at home while also caring for her two young daughters. Having always felt that she had some sort of artistic inclination, she became intrigued with the...

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Founded in 1993 by visionary Evelyn Lauder, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and providing critical funding for research to prevent and cure breast cancer, and to increase public awareness...

2017 Handmade Entrepreneur of the Year

"I love the process of making and being able to respect the craft through the art of making. Many of my designs have begun with a kind of everyday extraordinary thought. It might be a scene in a park or something as simple as a bathtub, but I break...

Jewelry Component Swap Parties

You've heard of clothing swap parties, recipe swaps, even beer swaps--but have you ever thought of a jewelry supply swap party? Recycling, or upcycling, is here to stay, so what better way to make new jewelry than with existing components that were...

From Craft Drawer to Career

Whether she's making metal clay rings, teaching workshops or producing new learning resources on this fascinating clay-like material, Hattie Sanderson's craft business is, in her words, a "one-woman show." After a career including work as an art...

In the Shadows of the Mountains: Kat West Creates Art

Like so many artists, as we talk, West becomes more animated about her artwork. She takes a couple of boxes from a shelf and begins to carefully open them one at a time. Each box contains a large, incredible stone. There are rare stones and minerals...

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...

What is Style?

What is style? Style is a relative term; it can be a manner of doing something, or it can be a way of designing something. Style is also defined as a distinctive appearance. Jewelry is vital in creating a distinctive style for a person. In modern...

Bead Star 2010 Best in Show

And what about the all-important "sources of inspiration" (the question asked of every artist)? "This is where everyone always says 'nature.' But my inspiration usually comes from the beads themselves--what their shapes and colors make me feel. I am...

''BIPping''...Beading in Public

You may have seen people knitting, crocheting and working needle-point in public places, so why not beading? Ours is a clean, low-tech and small-scale craft where projects can be worked a little at a time--the perfect portable craft. Don't you think...

Costume of Kabuki

"Costume of Kabuki" is an award-winning piece designed and created by Japanese bead weaver Takako Sako. The kimono is a life-size reproduction of the stage costume of Shizuka Gozen in Japanese traditional Kabuki Theatre, program of Funa Benkei. Sako...

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...

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...

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...

Jewelry Showcase: Artists Share the Inspiration Behind Their Successful Lines

''As a mother and daughter team, we have many good reasons to unite and create together. We are able to bounce ideas off each other and design products that span generations,'' explains Dodie Eisenhauer, who has been creating wire mesh and springy...

Shaping the Future of Jewelry

Metal clay is a cutting-edge medium that is still in its artistic infancy. Having been ''birthed'' in the early 1990s in Japan, it has found a receptive and eager audience worldwide. At first glance, the term ''metal clay'' seems to be an oxymoron:...
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