Mix it up in the December issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist with Senior Editor Helen Driggs as she shows you the tools to use when incorporating other media in your jewelry designs. Learn about her favorites when working with plastic, glass, fiber, paper, leather, ceramic and more - plus where to find these tools and some of the materials you might want to try such as resin, leather or wood blanks. Ready to go make something? Check out Laurel Nathanson's fabulously funky demos on combining wood and metal with common or metalsmithing tools.
If you're in a more traditionalist frame of mind, discover the flower-like beauty of poppy jasper and try out Lexi Erickson's silver and red poppy jasper earring project: perfect for the winter holidays . . . or summer fun . . .or any time you want a bright splash of color. For the ultimate in traditional, learn to fabricate a classic wedding ring - a basic band ring in gold - and discover simple tips for giving it a special touch.
Also in this issue, you'll see why designers say statement necklaces are the in piece of jewelry, and explore the varied and creative world of jewelry with themes from nature and parts that move in surprising ways. Learn step by step how to make a finely engineered flowerpot pendant with a secret, and find a brand-new oval facet design.
If you have a jewelry business or are thinking of starting one of your own, you'll discover three top books by successful entrepreneurs and the rules they followed or broke to get there. Get the skinny on the massive effect China's dramatic rise to important global player has had on the gem and jewelry trades and how that is likely affecting you today.