by Blanche Nonken. (Fallon, NV) I live on a farm. A few months after we moved in, housemate came home with four weaned kittens from a Walmart Kitten Desperation Booth (if you shop at a Walmart, I'm sure you've seen those out front.) Seven years later, after intermittently getting one or two fixed and never able to afford to keep up, I'd just about had enough of the … [Read more...] about The TNR Jewelry Line, Featuring Cats
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by Anna Davies. (South Wales Uk) Hello my name is Anna Davies I am a designer and jewellery maker from South Wales. I want to share with you a bespoke bracelet I made and tell you why I believe in bespoke creations. A lady from New York approached me this year with a beautiful love story, and seeking a piece of jewellery that would stand the test of time based on … [Read more...] about The Beauty of Bespoke Jewelry
by Dianne Jacques. (Vermont) While prepping for a week long visit to my daughter's in Boston I knew I would need something to do. Since I can't bring my workbench with me and do metalwork, I opted to make some new Peyote stitch patterns. I also made up a cuff while my daughter was working during the day. I haven't figured out what type of clasp I want t make for it … [Read more...] about Back on the Pattern Wagon
by Duane W Aldrich. (United States) This is my second 3D designed piece. I used 123Design and then sent the file to a company in Belgium that printed and cast it in sterling silver. I decided to set citrine so it didn't look so menacing. He's a friendly spider. Duane W Aldrich Aldrich Custom Crafts Aldrich Custom Crafts on Facebook … [Read more...] about 3D Casting Pendant
by Beverly Borwick. (Memphis, Tennessee) This great piece called out to me, and there was no release. As I tried to walk away, it continued to draw me back! Found in a Western-themed antique shop in Oklahoma City in 2015, I could not look away, mesmerized. I felt drawn to its unspoken story, compelled to listen! Later, having returned to my Memphis home, the … [Read more...] about “BOO-YAH!!!” Tribal Mask Pendant
by Wyllo Foxx. (Columbus Nebraska) This is my first time working with wirework. These are a few pieces I've done so far. Thank you. Wyllo Foxx … [Read more...] about Beginning Pieces of Wirework
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
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!