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Metal Clays--Tips for Working with COPPRclay™ and BRONZclay™

COPPRclay is easily sculpted, molded, carved and formed, and becomes solid copper when fired. Your imagination and just a few simple tools will allow you to create solid copper pieces, from jewelry to sculptures! And because COPPRclay is pure...

History of Filigree

Derived from the Latin word "filum" (meaning thread), filigree is an ancient art form that has been appreciated as far back as 2500 B.C. Twisted and formed to closely resemble lace, filigree refers to the openwork design of an exquisitely entwined...

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...

Crimp Resource Guide - All About Crimps

Crimps may be small in size, but they are "super findings." Crimps are metal and mighty--holding stringing materials and beads together in jewelry designs. They are THE finding to keep your stringing projects intact, the "glue" that keeps a design...

Wild by Design

It's difficult to deny the appeal of feathers, leather, bone, horn and other animal products in jewelry designs. Diverse in trends, but never ordinary, animal products are posh and affluent, exotic and enviable and often wild and primal. Finding...

The Increasing Demand of Silver

Have you ever paid attention to those boisterous TV commercials offering to buy your gold and silver? There's a good reason why precious metal buyers are becoming more abundant and it has to do with demand and price increases. Now, before any of us...

Fun with French Wire

Have you been searching for the perfect way to finish off your beaded jewelry for a beautiful and professional look? Whether you were actively seeking or not, works of beaded art will no doubt benefit from the incorporation of , also known as...

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...

Swellegant!™ Metal Coatings and Patinas Q and A

Swellegant Clear Sealant is a strong, non-hazardous, no-odor, non-cracking top coating that works well with all Swellegant Metal Coatings, Patinas and Dyes, as well as clean, polished metals. It is water-based and eco-friendly, and will seal patinas...

Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire Review

review written by Paula S. MorganRead what others are saying about Fire Mountain's Accu-Flex Professional-Quality Beading Wire. Paula S. Morgan of about.com reviewed our Accu-Flex beading wire. As she discovered, not only is there a difference among...

Traveling with Jewelry

Whether it's a weekend ski getaway, trade show travel, tropical adventure or family road trip, looking good away from home requires the right pre-trip jewelry planning. Here are some tips for ensuring a stylish departure and keeping jewelry safe,...

Earrings: History and Style Guide

The necklace may be the oldest form of jewelry, but earrings aren't that far behind. In ancient Egypt and Babylon, both men and women pierced their ears. Otzi the Iceman had pierced ears, as did Julius Caesar and King Tut. Earrings have kept their...

How to Strengthen Hands and Fingers

How many times have you been working on a beading project, only to have your fingers and hands seize from cramping and fatigue, which force you to take a break? Why let physical limitations slow you down in your beading endeavors? Try out these hand...

Hammer Time

Christine A flattening hammer is a large, stationary hammer used for quickly making metal perfectly flat. Factory-made flattening hammers have two disc-shaped, flat steel plates: one stationary and one attached to a spring-loaded shaft. To use them,...

Know Your Beading Wire

Jewelry makers have a plethora of options for stringing beads, and is an excellent choice for designers seeking strength, durability and charm. Selecting the perfect wire to satisfy your needs can be challenging, so it's important to have some...

An Expert's Journey with Apoxie® Sculpt

A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to teach a class on how to use Apoxie Sculpt at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee, WI. I was thrilled when Bead and Button accepted my pavé-style ring design as the class project. Apoxie Sculpt is one of...

Intro to Glass

Glass has been around since 3000 BC. In present day, glass is most commonly found in households in the form of windows, drinking glasses and decorative objects. Bring the scale of the glass down, learn a few new techniques and voila, jewelry...

A Guide to Bails

What is the jewelry finding called a "bail"? It's a jewelry-making finding that transforms a bead, donut, flat-backed component and other pieces into a necklace pendant or drop. Jewelry bails expand design options without metalsmithing or soldering....

Accurate Measuring in Jewelry-Making

There are three main cutters used in metalworking: , and . Flush-cutters are widely used for wireworking projects. This type of cutter will provide a flush or blunt cut exactly where you've made your mark and with little pinch to the wire. You...

The Benefits of Stainless Steel for Jewelry Design

Stainless steel is best known as the material used to make surgical instruments, building and bridge supports, hot water heaters, microwave oven liners and other objects where strength and safety are a must. Yet, this industrial material can also...
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