by Tamara Summers. (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) A couple of weeks ago, I visited one of my favourite second-hand stores (I currently have five favourites!). I didn’t end up finding the non-jewellery items I went in for, but ended up coming out of the store with a couple of strands of jewellery draped over my hand. You’ve got to look, right?! As I headed to my car, a … [Read more...] about Copper Wire Roadkill Jewellery
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by Anita Velazquez. My mother recently moved into a new senior apartment. She is seventy nine years young. She has always collected butterfly figures. She put her butterflies all around her new place. It looks lovely. When I made this set I thought of her love of butterflies, and the color blue. She inspired me. She has always been a woman with a different look at … [Read more...] about Butterfly Blue
by Karen. Is jewelry making considered an art? I am asking this question and would love to hear what others think because, I am a jewelry maker and I am part of a local art co-op. I had another artist (oil painter) that isn't part of the art co-op say to me that jewelry is not considered art and that I would never be allowed to participate in a gallery show at the … [Read more...] about Is Jewelry Making an Art Form? What Do YOU Think?
by Denise Miller. (Dayton, Nevada USA) I just found this website (Jewelry Making Journal) and I am so impressed with.....everything! There are so many ideas and everyone is willing to share and assist you that I don't think I have ever seen such an inspiring group of people. I am getting ready for my second Artisan show and my friend and I had some issues with the first … [Read more...] about This is a Wonderful Site
© by Sarah Faison; all rights reserved. During Spring of 2006 I transitioned my love of jewelry making from a hobby to a business. During this same season I attended an Ashton Hall fashion show, and I was impressed with his fashions. I noticed that the female models did not have jewelry on to complement his designs. I approached him to share my views on his fashions and … [Read more...] about How Being Bold Got My Jewelry in a Fashion Show
© by Charlene Anderson; all rights reserved. Why do I love beads and making jewelry so much? Let me tell you: 1. I can have earrings to match every item in my closet without breaking the bank. 2. If I get tired of a piece of jewelry I can take it apart and remake it. 3. I love getting compliments on the jewelry I make and wear. 4. I get to buy … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons I Love Beading and Jewelry Making
by Carin. (Boscastle, Cornwall, U.K.) Little did I know 12 years ago that I would end up in sunny Cornwall in the south west of England trying to make a living as a jewellery maker! I had just finished my Masters degree in Animal Science and was looking for work in the genetics and breeding area. I was looking high and low but Sweden, being a small country, didn't … [Read more...] about A Swede in Cornwall!
by Shannon Culmo. (Sacramento, CA, USA) My husband, Kevin, and I started KKPW Designs a few years ago out of my desire to create one of a kind jewelry for anyone who enjoyed it and for anyone who wanted to share in my vision. When I look at jewelry that once was my grandma's I always think of a time when quality, not quantity, worked. With uniqueness in mind, I … [Read more...] about KKPW Designs – Local Boutiques Make Us Happen
by Darcey Lyn McCallum. (Vancouver Island, BC Canada) My name is Darcey Lyn McCallum and I stared making jewellery in March of 2008. I was a huge crafter as a child and then 'put it all away', and the creative urge with it until this year, when coincidentally, I was turning 40. Maybe it was the passage of time that spurred on that old feeling of needing creativity in … [Read more...] about Just Getting Started
by Maria Hansford. (The Treasure Chest) As I was born in Italy, on the beautiful Riviera, I always liked vibrant colors. As a child I spent hours coloring and whenever I received as a gift a box of colored pencils I was in heaven! Another passion of mine was - and still is - reading: I simply love books. Whenever I come across a book fair or a bookstore I like … [Read more...] about Jewelry Color Inspiration from an Unlikely Source
Examples from the 1500's through 1800's text © by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. I absolutely love historical jewelry and clothes. And I had the opportunity to see some stunning examples of the jewelry and fashions worn during the past thousand years or so, in various original paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. I had only planned to … [Read more...] about Historical Jewelry
by Diana Redlin. (California) This necklace was my first custom piece. My best friend commissioned it and we collaborated on it in very general ways. These ways were; how long it was going to be, what colors and what shape the components would be. Then I began. My own ideas were for the design on each triangle, how many there would be and how big they would be. … [Read more...] about Cynthia’s Custom Necklace: The successful struggle