by Suzan Evans. (Lakefield, Ontario, Canada) I recently did a jewellery show in a seniors' residence. An elderly resident asked me if I could restring her pearl necklace. I told her I would take a look at it and tell her if I would be able to repair it. Her husband had given it to her fifty years ago so it held a great deal of sentimental value. I looked at it. It … [Read more...] about Honoring My Own Standards
Your Jewelry Stories
Tell us your jewelry stories. We love to hear all your stories and experiences related to your jewelry and/or jewelry making endeavors.
by Melanie Solis. It was 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 27. And it was becoming increasingly apparent that Hurricane Katrina was heading in our direction. Folsom, Louisiana is approximately 60 miles north of New Orleans, but the TV news stations were all telling us it would be best to evacuate up to 100 miles inland. (That in itself was scary to me!) But my problem … [Read more...] about A Beader’s Hurricane Katrina Success Story
by Janis Rietdyk. (Sydney Australia) I purchased several of your books related to jewellery business and I am following strategies for establishing a website / blog / facebook presence. I have found your publications excellent, they are concise and practical and recommend them to any aspiring jewellery artist wanting to develop an online presence. Thank you … [Read more...] about Jewelry Business Launched! Thank You.
by Frances Ortega. (United States) I initially learned wire work by finding tutorials online and experimenting. Eventually I learned to make the traditional Tree of Life pendant with the twisted trunk and beads for leaves. Then lately I've had this image in my mind of bare tree branches across a full moon. I made a few sketches and then went for it. Now, I … [Read more...] about Full Moon Tree of Life Pendants
by Kelly. I am the founder/designer of my small at home jewelry making company called Brown Bee Jewelry! I have two baby boys and I love being home with them but I also have a few hobbies of my own, one of which being making jewelry! I have always done little fixes since I was young but now I have really begun to make my own designs. I am very artistic and … [Read more...] about My Brown Bee Jewelry Story
by Zoraida. (Patchogue, New York, USA) I know many of you jewelry makers have created something you just couldn't sell. Not because it wasn't worthy, but because you fell in love with it and couldn't bare to part with it. One of my necklaces (Here Comes the Sun) was away for several months at Bead Style Magazine. It's been featured in their Sept. 2012, Readers … [Read more...] about To Sell It…To Sell It Not: That Is The Question
by Liz. (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) Long story short - I lost my job when my position was eliminated in June 2011. I am very fortunate my family has property (since 1936!) in Nags Head and was able to spend some time there. One of my favorite things to watch is when the dolphins come close to shore to play. That day, they were swimming just beyond the breakers, … [Read more...] about Oyster Dolphin Pendant: A Gift From the Sea
by Liz Juneau. (Alexandria, Louisiana, USA) Two of my life loves are travel and jewelry making and I was able to combine both in this project. My boyfriend and I take summer motorcycle trips. For the last four summers, we have traveled to various areas of the United States and it is truly the trip, not the destination that has made these vacations memorable. This … [Read more...] about California Vacation Charm Bracelet
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
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