Think outside the box in the January/February issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist with designer Marilyn Mack as she shows you how to combine a variety of stones and metals into a stunning piece. Follow the step by step tutorial filled with tips and tricks as you make her gorgeous chrysocolla pendant. Having fun combining new materials? Take a look at the innovative new designs from students at the German center of jewelry and gem design who do more than think outside the box - they abandon it all together.
If you feel like sticking to the fundamentals, learn basic techniques and tools with Senior Editor Helen Driggs as she presents tips and tricks to create the perfect custom ring - even where to get the best tools for the job. For a fundamental lesson that results in a breathtaking necklace, the Thunder Bay Amethyst Pendant utilizes 3 basic settings that shows off 3 versions of February's birthstone, combining a rare stone with more readily available materials.
With all of these enticing projects, how does one find time to make them all? Cathleen McCarthy gives us smart ways to allocate hours and make time for jewelry making. Whether for fun or for profit, her examination of work habits and productivity helps you considers ways to maximize creative time. Learn how to prioritize and rethink multitasking so you can work smarter, not harder.
Also in this issue is the Annual Buyers' Directory filled with everything you need for jewelry-making supplies, tools, gemstones, and more.