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Wild by Design

Before we begin, and this might be something that will be referenced several times throughout this article: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads sources all our animal products, be it bone, leather, feathers or anything else, in ethically only ways. Our...

Impressions of Prague

I'm allergic to molds. They make me break out in excited anticipation! I'm talking about silicone molds, of course ... the ones that can be used to make impressions for art/craft projects. I work with polymer clay, so molds come in very handy for...

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,...

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...

Stepping Stones

Metal clay artist Lora Hart started out making rings from metal clay. She realized she could use a lot of those same jewelry techniques to make more from metal clay and found her own niche.

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...

Bezels

or cabochon settings are a great finding to use when incorporating flat back, undrilled materials, like or into jewelry. These items are "set" into the bezel securely then the settingl incorporated into your design accordingly. There are a few...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Importance of Daylight Lamps

The most popular lighting for artists throughout history has been the cool mid-morning northern light. This is the light that fills Vermeer's tiny treasures, Renoir's portraits and Raphael's frescos. These artists created in the very best light--the...

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...
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