by Lisa Winters-Baldwin. (Phoenix, Arizona) I was so excited to read the posting in your last newsletter called There's a Big Audience for Jewelry with Easy Open Clasps because I have recently started giving customers options for easy to open clasps in my own Etsy shop. That posting taught me to use the toggle closures as well as others. Currently, my ideal … [Read more...] about How to Promote My Jewelry with Easy to Open Closures?
Disabilities & Jewelry Making
by Mary Anne Enriquez. (Urban Woodswalker) May I say something to all the fantastical jewelry designers out there? There are millions of us baby boomers and we LOVE to buy hand made jewelry. A lot of us are experiencing carpal tunnel and arthritis in our hands. The types of closures make a HUGE difference in whether someone might buy or not. I can no … [Read more...] about There’s a Big Audience for Jewelry with Easy Open Clasps
by Sue Corke. I used to make wirework jewellery but had a stroke and lost my left hand. Is there any way to do wire work with one hand? I’ve tried a helping hand thing but am struggling with that. Any help would be really appreciated. Many thanks. Sue Corke … [Read more...] about Help – How to Make Wire Jewelry with One Hand?
by Viktoria Cohen. (Clifton,NJ, United States) I designed this long (37") statement necklace with matte silver Hematite,gold Pyrite and 14k gold filled beads. I wanted to keep all gemstones and beads very small (2-3mm) to create a modern, feminine look. The necklace also features an artisan made gold plated bronze pendant and a tiny heart charm Originally, I'm … [Read more...] about Delicate Gemstone Necklace
by Pamela Dudrow. (In my dining room, kitchen, bedroom...! Woodsboro, MD) I've been making jewelry for over 15 years. Up until that time I had been very active; riding horses professionally and participating in triathlons. I was also a critical care nurse taking care of bariatric patients after their surgery in the PACU or Recovery Room. These patients are … [Read more...] about How I Fell in Love with Fold Forming!
by Andrea. (Kalamazoo, Mi) Hi all, Thanks for all the advice, insight, stories, highs and woes. Hearing from and about all of you really makes me feel less alone. That probably set off some alarm bells and pangs of recognition from some of you, so I will share that I have debilitating anxiety, depression, and chronic illness. I am also a recovering alcoholic, … [Read more...] about How to Go from Mish-Mash Making, to More Cohesive Jewelry?
by Blanche Nonken. (Fallon, NV) My younger daughter is autistic. She's 20 years old, and last week was her high school graduation. She has been living in a special needs group home since age 19, and I have been working to recover my own balance since she was placed. Decades of keeping her safe and getting her the most appropriate education and therapies I could … [Read more...] about Healing in Creation – A Special Graduation Necklace
by Susan Cowles. (Palisade, Co.) Does anyone have the problem with their fingertips cracking? I go thru a lot of band aids, hand cream and pain. Any ideas?? Thanks! Susan Cowles … [Read more...] about Any Solutions for Fingertips that Keep Cracking?
by Rena Klingenberg. Nancy Mac sent in this question: What is Memory Wire? My sister is visually impaired and also has fine motor problems now after a stroke. She has difficulty now holding the string to make bracelets. Does anyone know of a “string holder” or any type of assistive device she could use? She makes beautiful bracelets but needs a steady … [Read more...] about Memory Wire Jewelry Making for Visually Impaired Artist with Fine Motor Difficulty
by Missy Rogers. (Ionia, Michigan) I started making jewelry after a long continuous battle with mental illness that ultimately prevented me from working outside the home. I found joy in playing with beads and new color combinations. Recently, I have discovered the beauty of glass pearls and the elegance they lend to simple bracelets and earrings. I am … [Read more...] about Delicate Faux Pearl Jewelry
by Glenda Snailham. (England) This is my first time posting my jewellery. l have just started making jewellery. I'm 64, retired lady and I have trouble with my hands and used to do cross stitch but can't hold the needle for long so began a new craft. l love being able to make things I found this site and it's helped me no end with ideas so thank you and hope this … [Read more...] about Glenda’s Jewellery
by Andrea. (Michigan) I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts about something that makes me feel a bit heartsick. First, some background so you can see why I am concerned I may be misperceiving things: I have chronic medical conditions (physical and depression / anxiety) that have kept me from my career as a social worker, and have also largely deterred my jewelry … [Read more...] about Am I Paranoid or Blacklisted from Shows?