by Lurene Cornelius. (Prague, Oklahoma) Dear Rena, I happened onto your site searching for an idea for making a necklace from beads one of my daughters bought. I make a lot of jewelry. I am 79, widowed, so have a lot of time to have so much fun creating and making jewelry. I just want to say a big THANK YOU for your loving spirit and having these tutorials … [Read more...] about Thanks, Rena
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by Juan Valerio. (Tarpon Springs FL) I made this piece with repurposed steel from a kitchen utensil and leather from a used belt. Juan Valerio Juan of a Kind Designs on Facebook … [Read more...] about Stainless Steel and Leather Men’s Bracelet
by Betsy Murphy. I went to Mass Art for a summer jewelry class in the 1980s, having only the interest. I just had a wonderful time, alone in my own world (being in a body is really outside my comfort zone) and I soldered, used a rolling mill, sawed etc… The teacher, who’d been quiet during these hot sweaty, lovely days finally turned to me and said, “if you brought … [Read more...] about Jewelry Takes Me In and Out of My Comfort Zone
by Kelly Mesidor. (Snellville, GA) I made this necklace using wood chip beads, rustic dragonfly beads, warm earthy colored glass beads, and brass wire. When I first saw the dragonfly bead strand I knew I branded to create something that was rustic, earthy and fun. This piece to me represents warmth and comfort, and love. It's a reflection of a warm, cozy … [Read more...] about Rustic Dragonfly Necklace
by Sarah Reid. (Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada) This is a followup to Sarah's previous post, How to Start Over After Losing Everything. I was finally able to get back at it and make my first post-fire jewelry creations. Boy did it feel good! With a few basic supplies given to me and a highly appropriate "Dream Big" charm I got to work making an inspirational … [Read more...] about Healing Steps
by Pamela Dudrow. Recently I had an experience that I’d like to share. I create jewelry and sell at a price I think is a good retail price; taking into consideration how much time I’ve put into each piece, and addressing the current popularity of the technique I use. Okay, it’s pricey! I recently attended a show where the audience was looking for a bargain. I … [Read more...] about Selling Pricey Jewelry vs. Bargain Jewelry
by Mary Overfield. (Plano, TX) I am saddened by the passing of Zoraida Bros, one of the kindest and most talented members of our jewelry making community. Here is the notice left on her Artfire shop by her daughter. I think all of us here admired her beautiful work and creative spirit. I didn't know her personally but liked to take a peek at her shop from time … [Read more...] about Zoraida Will Be Missed
by Lawrence Dallas. (Memphis, Tennessee) These rings I had made for people I know and love. Two of these rings are made of Argentium Silver. My Wife Tammy loved her 40th Anniversary Ring. The second ring is made of Sterling Silver that has a Patina with a Diamond. The third ring was made for a friend. Mother-of-Pearl Marquise, she loved it. The … [Read more...] about Rings I Love!
by Edd Nelson. (Northwest Indiana) I have been busy this winter developing some new techniques in wire wrapping for heavy gauge wire jewelry. I actually describe it as wire folding as opposed to wire wrapping, because of the process used in obtaining the desired end result. I Use 18 gauge and 16 gauge copper wire mostly, because of its durable properties that can be … [Read more...] about Heavy Gauge Wire Jewelry
by Paula Hisel. (Nicholasville, Kentucky) I love prayer beads. When I recently discovered pearl knotting, I decided to mix the two together and I love the end result. The strands have better movement than a traditional chain link necklace. And the color of the string adds a lot of depth to the piece. Using the same string as the necklace, I make … [Read more...] about Prayer Beads
by Teri Griffith. (Davie Florida) This time I tried to mix it up a bit. I don't want to get stuck in a rut and make the same type of jewelry that I enjoy over and over again. Earrings of all shapes and colors: Jewelry sets: Using unusual color combos or mixing a bit mod with vintage was my goal this time. Old token with a new chain: Buttons and … [Read more...] about A Nod to the Past
by Tracey. (New York) This Swarovski crystal necklace was one of my "OMG" designs. I was sitting at my kitchen table late one night with all my beads in front of me. This seems to be the time when I am the most creative for some reason. I wanted to use my excess of fuchsia beads, and this is the design I came up with. Just so stunning and bold, don't you … [Read more...] about Never Too Much Crystal