Wire Jewelry Making
I love patina. On metal, on wood, on leather, I love it, but I especially love the patina on metal and wire jewelry (where it’s sometimes referred to as “bloom”).   Merriam-Webster defines patina primarily as such: a usually green film formed naturally on copper and bronze by long exposure or artificially (as by…
Welcome to week five of our 22-week-long contest of jewelry-making tools and supplies!   We’re celebrating Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine’s 65th anniversary by giving away a massive collection of jewelry prizes from the industry’s most respected jewelry-supply retailers and manufacturers! Check Jewelry Making Daily each Friday (now through October 12, 2012–that’s 22 weeks of.

Welcome to week four of our 22-week-long contest of jewelry-making tools and supplies! The background: We’re celebrating Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine’s 65th anniversary by giving away a massive collection of jewelry prizes from the industry’s most respected jewelry-supply retailers and manufacturers! Check Jewelry Making Daily’s Lapidary Journal 65th anniversary contest blog each Friday (through October.)

Every time we push out a new DVD, I get worked up about the further likelihood of having the ability to have a one-on-one jewelry-making lesson with a specialist in jewelry-making techniques. Be it soldering, hammering and texturing, etching, electroforming, or wirework, each one is mere as fun and informative as the last-our most recent how-to jewelry-making.

I’ve gained a fresh passion and respect for wire charms before two years, and it’s mostly due to discovering how versatile wire and wire charms making is. I’d go as far as to state there are minimal rings to be produced without the utilization of at least some type of wire.

I had an enjoyable experience catching up with my new friend Eleanore Macnish, the fun and intensely talented lampwork glass artist and metal earrings designer behind Ellie Mac Beads, in Tucson last month. While we were chatting, she showed me a brilliantly quick, a breeze wire way of making correctly matched sets of. I finally got over my concern with possibly “wasting” supplies with resin gone wrong, and today I’m hooked! I am resin-ing all types of things-bezels, old pocket-watch cases, even backless shapes (because of that little trick of backing them with packing tape and then removing it when the resin has cured). Hooked, I let you know!

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Second, only to my beloved pearls, I spent the most time and money in Tucson buying . . . headpins. Headpins? Whoa girl, why not go crazy and get some jump rings while you’re at it, right?   My dotted Sylvie Beads glass headpins, floral glass head pin from Grace Beads, and Jennifer Fahnestock enamel head…

Preparing for Tucson this year has me digging through the Jewelry Making Daily archives, finding projects and techniques that I want to try this year so I can make my Tucson shopping list. In my research, I’ve come across so many great tips for using all kinds of materials, wire in particular. Here are some.

I love a great time- and money-saving advice. I mentally collect them as Heloise must, and when I learn a new one, it’s like a new word–I use it and share it as often as possible. If only there were some way to truly measure the value of a great jewelry-making tip, the amount of…