TAGS: Metal Clay

  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, April 2015

    Learn the best practices for metal stamping from tool maven Helen Driggs as she shares the latest tools for this hot technique. Discover a rare and spectacular turquoise that combines with sterling for an edgy take on a classic symbol. What's the best class you've ever taken?  Hear the answers from ten top jewelry artists as they share their experiences. Plus learn about and enjoy the sparkling eye candy of color diamonds!

  • 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!

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, September/October 2012

    Boost your jewelry design expertise: it's the annual Design Issue! See outstanding jewelry designs from three artists inspired by textiles, the work of a witty enamelist, wonderfully carved gems, fantasy-themed jewelry, and some of the overall best gem and jewelry designs produced over the last 65 years - and learn essential methods for finding and refining your own artistic vision. Set a free-form chrysoprase gem in an elegantly simple, Asian-inspired pendant, or create an elaborate tigereye collar from gem rough to finishing leather fringes. Learn to make a decorative magnetic clasp that can also be the focal of your necklace using metal clay - and tips for adapting this project to sheet. Find out what's available in diamond lapidary tools. Discover some of the best apps on the market for jewelry makers and sellers, and find great tips and answers to common and uncommon questions.

  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, May/June 2012

    Discover the hottest new gemstone, Sonoran dendritic, and learn how to bezel set one in a silver pendant - plus learn to cut this stone yourself or find out what you need to know when buying a cabochon. See what new jewelry pliers are on the market and find out what's cool about them. Learn how Pinterest, StumbleUpon and other image sharing sites can help you promote your work and gain new inspiration for your jewelry designs. Meet the inventor of fold forming, Charles Lewton-Brain, and see how this amazing technique has inspired other jewelers - plus learn the technique yourself through a mermaid pendant project. Make a silver metal clay ring inspired by nomadic houses while learning dry construction techniques. Find tips for cleaning your tumbler's steel shot and using a new craft knife on the market. Plus celebrate Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist's 65th Anniversary with two contests: a giveaway drawing and a faceting design competition, both with great sponsored prizes!

  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist March 2012


    Take advantage of Argetium Silver alongside Betsy Porter. Master this new sterling silver alloy and learn how to: anneal, make granules, fuse, polish, harden, and more!

    Use your new skills and tricks to create projects with step-by-step instructions that feature Argetium Silver: Use lightweight fused wire and granules to create a delicate pair of fanciful earrings and make a funky double band ring with a cool centerpiece using metal clay.

    Create your very own e-commerce site and learn how to stand out in a crowded online market.

    Discover surprising jewelry from the world of fine art in the article "Picasso to Koons: Art to Wear" by Cathleen McCarthy. Experience the beautiful jewelry made by the expected and unexpected artists including Yoko Ono, Frank Stella, Pablo Picasso, and more that were featured at New York's Museum of Arts and Design last year.

    Incorporate natural features from the mine in your next cabochon with a step-by-step cabbing demo!

  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, July 2011

    The July issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is just like the weather, hot, hot, hot! Covering so many topics including mandrels, alabaster, mokumé snakes, and copper, you'll be hooked by the first page. Learn all about ring and bracelet mandrels for an easy way to form your metal. From plastic and wood to grooved and tapered, discover which to use and how to use it. Then, put your mandrel knowledge to use while creating a stunning copper cuff with a silver inlay. With step-by-step up-close photos you will be sure to master this jewelry project in no-time.


  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, May/June 2011

    Discover the 5 essential secrets to successful soldering and practice on 3 easy silver rings. Learn to set pearls with pegs in silver wire and sheet design for a pendant plus earrings - and find out why South Sea pearls enjoy such a great reputation. Find out how to make a corrugated copper pendant with a hydraulic press and how to corrugate metal with pliers and other hand tools, too. Shape a bargain bin agate slab into disks, drill them, and make silver hangers for a pair of dramatic earring - and learn why lapidaries love Montana agate.