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
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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
by Rena Klingenberg. Several years ago I got together with my good friend (who was a "Mary Kay" cosmetics rep), and organized a holiday shopping and fundraiser show. It was hosted at a local assisted living home for elderly people. The show was open for the general public to come and shop, and it ran from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on a Thursday evening. We had a total of … [Read more...] about An Unexpected Blessing at a Holiday Craft Show (a True Christmas Story)
by Rena Klingenberg.
I was in a craft store, looking at seed bead mixes.
As I was deciding which color mix to choose for my project, another lady entered the seed bead aisle.
She was wearing sunglasses.
I couldn’t help noticing that she kept raising up her sunglasses above her eyes to squint at the seed beads, then putting the sunglasses back over her … [Read more...] about The Jewelry Artist Diaries 4:
An Enlightening Encounter in the Bead Aisle
by Rena Klingenberg.
I was discreetly eating lunch in my booth during a slow spell at an art show one Saturday.
I took a small bite of my homemade sandwich, and then set the rest of the sandwich down in an inconspicuous place behind my checkout stand while I chewed.
Meanwhile, a couple of customers came and went.
Then an elegantly dressed lady strode … [Read more...] about The Jewelry Artist Diaries 3:
The Customer Who Knew What She Wanted