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Mom Inspired Tributes, by LuElla Spears
by LuElla Spears. (Toledo, OH) Sadly my Mom passed away May 15, 2020. I’ve finally been able to see my way to my workroom and wanted to share the first two things I could squeeze out of my broken heart...both made by things from her jewelry boxes. Again, thank you Rena for creating this platform for artists old and young. You never know the good you’ll do someone by [...]
The Joys of Polymer Clay
by Jackie Locantore. (Massachusetts USA) After years of making jewelry, I discovered polymer clay, and things have never been the same! The possibilities are endless, and each piece takes me in a new direction. Here are some of my pendants. Jackie Locantore Morning Star Sanctuary Studio https://www.etsy.com/shop/MorningStarSanctuary?ref=seller-platform-mcnav [...]
What’s the Proper Way to Insulate the Brass so that it Doesn’t Tarnish?
by Wayne Kiser. On several pieces I have created I've included brass rods, tubes, etc. What would be the proper way to insulate the brass so that it doesn’t tarnish? I have found that if I use lacquer, in time, the lacquer will stop adhearing to the brass. Thank you. Wonderful site! Best, Wayne [...]
Summer Love Necklaces
by Chris Rehkop. (Ashland, MO) Now that I've retired, I've got time to work on jewelry design. But with continuing pandemic precautions, travel and sales are further limited. I did visit a local florist/gift shop/events business in my town, and they bought several of my pieces! They'd been looking to add custom jewelry, so I guess timing is everything. I've spent summ [...]
Adjustable Sliding Knot Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. © 2003-Present Rena Klingenberg. All Rights Reserved I love adjustable necklaces because you're not limited to always wearing them at the same length. In this tutorial we'll make a necklace that's adjustable with sliding knots. These knots are easy to make, and I consider it a very useful jewelry making skill. This style of necklace is great for [...]
Metal Stamps – Tips and Techniques
by Rena Klingenberg - © 2003-Present Rena Klingenberg. All Rights Reserved Metal stamps are fun, creative jewelry making tools. These tips and techniques show you how to get great results, from the very first time you try metal stamping jewelry. Learning the Technique: It takes a bit of practice to get nice, even results when metal stamping jewelry. I recommend practici [...]
Jewelry Pricing Formula
The two-step system I use for pricing jewelry © by Rena Klingenberg. © 2003-Present Rena Klingenberg. All Rights Reserved Do you use a jewelry pricing formula to determine how much to charge for your creations? There isn't one "best" formula for pricing jewelry - and most artists who sell their jewelry come up with their own price calculation procedures. Important Elemen [...]
How to Oxidize Sterling Silver and Copper with Boiled Eggs (Video)
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 22 by Rena Klingenberg. Can you oxidize silver and copper with boiled eggs? Or is that just an urban legend? Let's find out: Transcript of This Video: Sometimes it's nice to have bright, shiny metals in our jewelry. But other times it's nice to have something that's a bit more antiquey, something that darkens and [...]
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