by Jean Forman. (United States) I usually create jewelry with sea glass that I beachcomb around the world, but recently I was in Iceland and found another interesting and beautiful element for my designs - lava from a volcano. I was on a cruise, and asked the ship's geologist if he could find some volcanic lava for me on his next hike. And he did. In return, … [Read more...] about Wire Wrapping Unique Iceland Lava
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by Dana C Smith. (Ocean City, MD) I have been pondering my foray into creating with metal clay for over a year...I bought several books by makers last winter, and read and read and read. So this fall a supremely talented jewelry-maker friend and I decided to wade into this new discipline; we went halfsies on a simple beehive kiln and fine silver clay ( along with … [Read more...] about My Precious Metal Clay Adventure Begins…
by Cy. (Radnorshire, Wales) I am fairly new to jewelry making but I have lots of ideas and not so much time. I made this piece in the evenings as an entry for the crafts section at the Kington Show, Herefordshire, UK. Imagine my delight when it won first prize! This really made me want to try out more so I subscribed to your blog to get help with techniques … [Read more...] about Crochet Ring Cuff
by Swapna Dinesh. (Kerala, India) I am Swapna Dinesh - artist, sculptor, and jewelry designer. I get inspired by different art styles, architecture and nature. I was researching on painting mandalas, when I got an order for a jewelry set. Naturally to me, as I made the pendant from Cold porcelain, the design came out similar to a mandala. Rhinestones and a … [Read more...] about Handcrafted Jewelry, Cold Porcelain Art
by Jennifer Prim. (Mar Vista) Sometimes it's all about the focal. I found this wonderful dipped leaf that had just a hint of blue iridescence to it, so I paired it with a chunk of obsidian, and some blue crystals on an oxidized chain. Perfect Halloween necklace. For a hint of The Wizard of Oz, these black and green earrings make me think of the wicked … [Read more...] about Black Jewelry
by Linda Tenney. (Palm Harbor, FL) There’s a good amount of guidance out there for budding jewelry designers that advises you should find a niche and specialize in that area. A few popular design niches are hand-stamped/personalized, wire wrapped, and Boho/earthy. Design niches can be about the style/theme/look (Boho, minimalist, tribal/ethnic, etc.) or the … [Read more...] about Don’t Be Afraid of Diversity in Your Jewelry!
by Juan Valerio. (Houston TX) These bracelets were made with re-used materials, mostly from a used belt and jewelry findings. Juan Valerio Juan of a Kind Designs … [Read more...] about Handmade Bracelets from Re-Used Materials
by Duane Aldrich. (York, PA) I figured it was time to make something that us guys would wear. At a local gem and mineral show I picked up a few pieces of meteorite. I chose ones that weren't too thick but had an interesting shape or texture. I made a simple setting and hung it from a leather cord. The result was a simple necklace that could be worn by men or … [Read more...] about Meteorite Pendant
by Patti Pojer. (Somers, NY) This necklace was specially designed and handcrafted for a friend who wanted a piece to match the Murano earrings she had purchased! The sterling silver chain was the first piece I worked with as I placed a toggle clasp. I must say that when designing a piece for someone you know, I search high and low for that special bead...that … [Read more...] about Jewelry Colors for a Friend
by Marilyn Estenes. (Vancouver, WA) A number of years ago my girlfriend and I were starting to make jewelry and attended a large local bead show. We came across an older gentleman bead vendor who had some vintage and other interesting beads for sale. I purchased a bag of unusual metallic grey beads that the label on bag identified as "nail heads". My friend … [Read more...] about “This Isn’t a Hardware Show, Lady!”
by Cindi Bernloehr. (United States) I went on vacation with my neighbors to St. Thomas. Their little girl (age 3) found some "very special" shells and she came and asked "Miss Cindi, can you make me some jewelry?" Well that was a challenge I couldn't resist. I watched a tute on wire wrapping shark teeth and used the same method on her tiny shells for an … [Read more...] about Earrings – Hear The Ocean
by Rena Klingenberg. These fascinating stones collected me for this part of their long lifespan. :) Lapis Lazuli The first one that found me was this polished chunk of lapis lazuli. It's the perfect size to hold in your hand - very smooth and cool. I think of this stone as a view of Earth from space - ocean, clouds, and islands. Owyhee Picture … [Read more...] about Three Cool Stones that Collected Me