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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, August 2014

    Nothing adds color and interest to a piece of jewelry like a perfectly set, expertly cut cabochon that exhibits wonderful color and striking patterns. Discover the intrinsic beauty in blue and green azurite malachite and learn all the dos and don'ts for using this unique stone in jewelry. Then see how fabulous it looks set in silver and follow along as Lexi Erickson show you how to desing around a free-form stone for a one-of-a-kind pendant. Learn to use pliers and flat wire for the partial bezel and create your own decoratively balled and traditional prongs for the setting.

    Prefer a warmer palette? Try the brilliantly streaked orange, yellow, and black "bumblebee jasper" and learn all the dos and don'ts for using these unique stones. Then Lexi Erickson shows you how to design around and set cabs into a pendant and pair of earrings. But don't miss how amazing some of the Ethiopian opal from Welo looks faceted, even though opal is almost alway cut en cabochon!

    For a more understated piece, join Roger Halas in forming a simple copper cuff bracelet and see how he adds interest to it with carefully placed silver wire rivets and precision letter stamping.

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, July 2014

    Save time and effort by using metal that is already cut or patterned for you: see what's new in metal stock including precut blanks, textured sheet and strip, patterned wire - even engraved disks.  

    Put your jewelry selling efforts where they're going to pay off more and more by making your online site easy to use on the fastest growing market segment of mobile. Find fast and simple ways to make your site tablet- and smartphone-friendly now. Don't miss out on any more sales: do it right away!  

    Learn basic bezel setting as you make a jasper pendant with decorative gallery wire, and learn to cut a basic jasper cabochon yourself. Create a 3D effect in silver and copper metal clays when you create a shadowbox pendant.  

    Go beyond basic and challenge yourself as you create a soaring phoenix in silver and brass and set with carved and faceted gems: practice your sawing, stamping, soldering and setting, plus see how to carve a piece of tigereye and cast a setting for any carved stone.  

    Plus find edgy amber jewelry designs, amazing golden artifacts from the ancient Andeans, soldering tips, answers to your technical questions, and more!

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, May/June 2014

    Keep growing!

    There are more opportunities than ever today to expand and refine your jewelry making skill set, and our in-depth feature profiling five successful artists and the paths they took to get there will help you decide what kind of jewelry education is right for you. Then consult our comprehensive online directory of jewelry arts schools, programs, and classes to find the perfect environment for you.

    Discover the newest group of Fretz hammers and stakes just out on the market and explore their potential as master goldsmith and jewelry and tool designer Bill Fretz shows you to make a fluted bangle with them -- and how this design evolves from earlier designs Bill shared with Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist readers recently.

    Wouldn't it be great to see your jewelry designs on film and TV stars -- and wouldn't that help you increase your jewelry sales? Sure you'd love to see that and of course that could help boost your sales dramatically. Find out how to make it happen and then get the most out of your product placement now!

    Plus, discover what really fine faceting is and who has those gems for sale, see how to create a spectacular special effect in stone, learn how to set an elongated focal with a cap and solder inlay, and see some of the coolest new tools displayed at the Tucson shows this year.

    Then stretch and enter the Gemmy Awards -- Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist's brand-new competition -- for a chance to be showcased with the best in jewelry, other metalwork, and gems. Learn more at jewelrymakingdaily.com/Gemmys.

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, April 2014

    Black is back! See what top designers are doing with black in their jewelry and discover how to get a perfect black patina on your sterling silver. For more drama, suspend your next stones for hanging earrings using a saddle setting, which leaves most of the gem visible for maximum impact. Or, create a classic three-stone, Navajo-style silver cuff with turquoise cabochons for a different kind of jewelry with real visual impact.

    Working with pewter as an inexpensive alternative to silver sometimes? Now you can cast it, too: see how as you make pewter and silver pin. Plus, if you're into casting, you won't want to miss the 36 tips, tools, and techniques we've pulled together on carving wax models for casting.

    Also discover five new tools with interesting finishing applications, a favorite soldering torch, great things you can accomplish with scrap leather in the metalsmithing studio, the advantages of Wyoming jade and ocean jasper, how to harness the power of Pinterest in your jewelry sales. Plus: find out about our latest contest, the new Gemmy Awards!

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, March 2014

    Find out what else some basic jewelry making tools can do besides the basics and what tools and equipment jewelry experts prefer to use for soldering.

    Discover the traditional Korean technique of keum boo, in which you apply very small pieces of gold foil to silver or another metal to give the whole a rich look at an economical price - plus learn to roll your own gold foil! Then make ever so tactile keum boo earrings, and a touch of keum boo to a pendant that features the glimmering blue gemstone called kyanite and a deeply colored freshwater pearl - and learn all about kyanite and see what other contemporary designers are doing with today's pearls.

    Create a dimensional wavy bangle bracelet using anticlastic raising techniques with basic jewelry making tools and apply a colorful patina inside the curl of the wave. Promote yourself in your local market by selling at trunk shows and loaning out pieces to high-profile figures who will wear your work to their work. Plus tips on buying and cutting Guatemalan jadeite, answers to your questions, a design challenge, new products, and the annual index to past projects, feature articles, and columns.

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, January/February 2014

    Get the most out of your gemstones with unique settings! Create a dazzling heart ornament with glittering red goldstone, flowing sterling silver ribbons, and gold-colored drusy accents for a sparkling ladies' bolo, also suitable for any slide or pendant. Set the heart-shaped cabochon in a special partial bezel, the accents and bolo tips in traditional bezels. Make a kinetic bracelet by forming a channeled brass bangle, place round onyx beads inside it, then close up the opening just enough to keep the beads from escaping and watch them roll back and forth – and learn to use the latest Fretz hammers and stakes at the same time. Use a dramatic marquise-shaped agate as the focal of a tiered cuff with progressively sized additional stones.
     
    Also, learn about a newly discovered agate from Mexico and see what Europe's most talented gem cutters are up to, favorite multi-use tools of our favorite tool junkie, Helen Driggs, what our experts use for soldering, and how you can create your own website easily with Wordpress.
     
    Includes the Annual Buyers' Directory with gem and jewelry making products and services, suppliers, and where to find suppliers at home, online, and at the Tucson shows.
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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, December 2013

    Improve your soldering with this special jewelry soldering section! You'll find the latest on portable torches that can also be easily used at home, learn to create more than one solder join on a piece without melting the previous one as you create a lovely filigree silver bead, see what kind of soldering setup Soldering Queen Lexi Erickson uses, and make a rugged ring with textured silver shank and stone set on stone.
     
    Make soldered silver and leather earrings with metal sheet, or make them without soldering using metal clay. Find expert help, new products on the market, and learn about Jewelspan: the latest in ecommerce dedicated to your craft!
     
    Then explore sources of amethyst from a visit to Arizona's famous Four Peaks to Brazil's mega-producing state of Rio Grande do Sul and see how fabulous a piece of Bahian amethyst looks faceted in an improved trillion cut. And top it off with a breathtaking look at the astonishing and idiosyncratic jewelry designs of JAR, now on exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, November 2013

    Go beyond the standards in this special Tool Issue and discover the favorite soldering torches, fuels, and more of three experienced jewelers, the first in a new series of featured soldering setups. Find out which 5 electric gadgets Senior Editor Helen Driggs adores, what computer-aided design can do for you and where you can try it out for free, and take our next 5 Tool Challenge. Learn to make an elegant sterling cuff with two heavy gauge wires twisted in sync. Create a pendant with a natural-surface yellow apatite set with a custom cast silver wire and a bezel-set blue apatite cabochon – cut the stones yourself or purchase gems of your choice. Make a flower-like silver pendant with a center stone that will teach you ways to add dimension to your designs. Plus, discover tips for making jewelry with found objects and explore a new online marketplace!
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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, September/October 2013

    Become the best jewelry designer you can be! The special Design issue will guide you in the use of color in design, introduce you to a brand-new colorful gem, and show you the latest in jewelry using such alternative materials as leather, plastic, paper, and wood, with tips from the pros on how they do it and a dynamic leather, stone and metal cuff project. Create a gemstone ring with a specially developed hinge that makes it more wearable, plus learn to draw down tubing – a key technique in creating custom hinges, and even how to make the equipment necessary for it. Make an easy copper or silver cuff with a sophisticated stamped design. Then discover how a mentor or coach can help you develop your own designs, or turn your jewelry hobby into a business!
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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, August 2013

    Check out responses to our first 5 Tool Challenge for metalsmiths, then stretch your skills by trying the next one yourself. If you love unusual stones, read up on exotic maw-sit-sit, a beautiful bright green and black gemstone. For something less rare, take a trip to a fluorite mine, see how fluorite is cut into cabochons, and explore its use in beads. Learn advanced metal stamping techniques and see how to make simple, inexpensive equipment for lost wax casting. Create a statement ring and delicate floral earrings in silver. See the latest in artisan jewelry using the patterned metal known as mokumé gané. Find out what your customers are looking for and do it easily and at low cost, then be prepared at your next craft show with the seven secrets to better show sales. Plus news, products, tips, and more!

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, July 2013

    Create a setting for a delicately patterned dendritic opal cabochon or your favorite cabochon gem and put that set stone into a pendant or a cuff. See what makes Australia's Lightning Ridge justifiably famous as the source of the some of the world's most spectacular precious opals, and accent a gem intarsia pendant with a beautiful Lightning Ridge cab. Create colorful silver earrings using torch fired enamels and fold forming techniques to give your earrings strength without weight. Discover Washington State's great quartz crystals and jewelry points, new metalsmithing hand tools, jewelry making tips, and the world of easy-access high tech equipment. Make a cardboard model for a necklace and cast it in pewter. Learn how easily you can create a short video clip that is perfect for helping you sell your jewelry online. See how jewelry debuted at World's Fairs helped redefine modern design and how stamping and engraving jewelry with personalized touches is one of today's most popular trends.

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, May/June 2013

    Update a classic Southwest style silver and turquoise cuff with modernist overlay, learn the secret to easily placing the flat bezel back on the curved surface of the cuff, and see how to cut a turquoise cabochon. Visit Michigan's famous copper country and fashion a bead pendant out of natural copper in basalt cleverly lined with silver grommets. Create perfect tube or wire rivets. Discover how the revolutionary process of 3D printing is used now for jewelry model making and even directly printed alternative materials jewelry - plus see what's on the horizon for precious metal jewelry as well. Find out the latest in Italian design from the runways of the Vicenza jewelry trade fair. Plus studio and business planning tips for your jewelry making and more!

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, April 2013

    Don't miss out on the colorful world of enamel! Learn to work with enamels on metal sheet and add a touch of texture with raku firing, or add enamel to a silver and copper metal clay pendant. Looking for a really unusual gemstone? Find out how to prep and bezel set fossil ammonites as cabochons for a timeless pair of spiral earrings, or create a partial prong setting for a piece of freeform petrified wood. Learn what gives charoite its characteristic swirls of purple and its enchanting chatoyance, then set a free-form cab along with a round cab, faceted gem, and sparkling drusy in a luscious silver pendant with gold accents for a touch of richness without breaking the bank. Discover the newest agate source and the banded and blue material it produces, and see an expert demo of cutting a cabochon from some of the banded agate. Stay ahead of the fashion curve and find out why cuffs are hot. Then, with the right inventory, take advantage of free information Google offers that can help you hone and boost your online jewelry sales.  

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, March 2013

    Give your jewelry an out-of-this-world edge with meteorites! Learn about the basic types, which are best for jewelry use, and what to watch out for when using them, plus find inspiring work that uses meteorites as gems or as metal sheet. Take the new 5 Tool Challenge. Learn the delicate art of filigree while making a pendant with a special filigree setting for an opal cabochon, and see how fusing Argentium Sterling Silver wire can be a convenient alternative for soldering silver wire. Find out where the men's jewelry market is growing. Carve a wax model for a cast silver ring with an interesting pattern, and discover simple burnout tips for lost wax casting. Facet the 2nd place winner of the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist 65th Anniversary Faceting Design competition, and see more outstanding designs by gem and jewelry artists of the last 65 years. Plus: pros and cons of inventory software on the market, and the handy Index to Volume 66.

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, January/February 2013

    It’s the combined Special Gem Issue and Annual Buyers’ Directory – new for 2013, suppliers listed in the directory who are Tucson show vendors are identified as such for your convenience. See the winner of the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist 65th Anniversary Faceting Contest and find instructions to cut the design yourself.  Learn the ins and outs of great stone setting tools, then learn to gypsy set stones in a silver ring or create a custom setting with wire and prongs for a one-of-a-kind gem pendant with tube-set diamonds. See the amazing large-scale gem carvings of gem photographer Harold Van Pelt and jewelry size carvings of Naomi Sarna and Larry woods. Discover Margaret De Patta’s far-forward-looking jewelry from the past, and see how contemporary couture jewelers are incorporating this spring’s fashion colors. Plus, find some easy ways to promote your jewelry online using Instagrams.

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