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Traditional Handmade VS Fair Trade Handmade

First, handmade is handmade whether it's made in Ghana, Peru, China, or the United States. It's the hands that count. Traditional handmade is a new term for me. Traditional could mean an item was made using long-established techniques that are heavy...

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,...

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...

C-Lon® Beading Thread - The thread your beads are asking for!

Tell me this hasn't happened to you: you're going about your daily business, then out of nowhere your necklace decides to burst, spilling beads everywhere. There you are frantically recovering tiny little beads while holding a frayed, unraveled...

Style Snapshot: The Anklet - A Bracelet for the Legs

Flashing your ankle used to be scandalous--embellishing it with ankle jewelry? Even more so. The anklet has come in and out of fashion for the past 4,000 years. It's a popular jewelry style in cultures around the world. And why not? We wear bangles...

10 Ways You Know You're a Jewelry Designer

What is a jewelry designer? Jewelry designer is a broad term referring to artists who use different mediums to create jewelry for themselves, to give away or to sell at a consignment, production or bespoke level. Another--and more fun--way to see if...

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...

The Right Adhesive for the Job

The subtitle here is a bit misleading I'm afraid. A truly definitive list would have the absolute right answer for every bonding issue we have. Well, this is not quite that but it may come as close as one possibly can in the wacky world of adhesion....

Liquid Polymer Clay: Oh the Design Possibilities

What can you do with liquid polymer clay? Most jewelry designers use liquid clay as a sort of adhesive to join two already baked pieces of clay together or to ensure a strong baking bond on small contact points. However, we're here to expand the...

Jewelry for Book Lovers

If book lovers love anything more than books, it's showing their love of books. Another trait of bookworms, we (yes, I include myself) tend to own some volumes that have seen better days, yet we just can't bring ourselves to toss them. There's a...

Take it Off: All About Jewelry Storage

When you take off jewelry, what do you do with it? What should you do with it? Here are some of the ins and outs of jewelry storage that will help keep your favorite pieces looking their best. First of all, jewelry needs to be kept somewhere dry....

A BIG Statement: Multi-Strand Necklace and Dangle Earring Jewelry Set Featuring an Eclectic Mix of Crystal, Glass, Pearl, Resin Beads and Chain

The earrings are cleverly created by using Celestial Crystal faceted cones turned downwards, paired with a gold-finished brass cone for an elongated look and feel that flatters the face and neck. Pull hair back to best show the sparkle of these...

Style Snapshot: Metal of the Moment--Brass

You've heard the expression: "what's old is new again." Brass jewelry is old; it has been in use for thousands of years, first as natural alloy and then deliberately produced as far back as the Roman Republic, hundreds of years BC. And now it's new:...

Jewelry-Making Wire: Non-Precious Metal, Colored and Steel Wires

Wire is a staple ingredient for metalsmiths and most jewelry designers. And whether it's used in a small supporting role or as the star, having a variety of wire on hand will ensure you are prepared for whichever stage direction you are given from...

Industrial Nature for Illustrious Jewelry

Nature is in, but not quite how you might expect. With a unique juxtaposition, the beauty of naturally occurring patterns and shapes are captured in metal for an industrial and modern update to organic-inspired jewelry. The key element designers are...

Intro to Leather

Leather is back and all the rage with jewelry and fashion designers. Leather is one of the most flexible flat materials available. It is fibrous and allows water and air to pass through, making it a material that will last a long time. There are...

Halloween Jewelry Fun

It's a jewelry-making treat for Halloween--no tricks. This Halloween, scare up some holiday sales with fun, seasonal jewelry design ideas. Of course, pumpkins and black cats are well-known symbols of Halloween, but you might also want to try some of...

The Three Sisters: Choose Your Materials to Suit Your Market

There were once three beautiful sisters: one was charming, one was clever and one was kind. Each sister married a different man: one married a prince, one married a professor and one married a potter. And each was very happy, for they were very...
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