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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: March 2015

Posted one month ago by Theresa D Abelew
The top projects for March 2015 featured oodles of metal and metal clay techniques. So whether you are interested in creating texture, testing out a new patina, etching, forming or fabricating these top downloads have you covered. If you don't see the technique or project article of your dreams below, be sure to check out the hundreds of other jewelry techniques and projects available in our online store. —Theresa D. Abelew Fire When Wet!Beginner Metal/Metal Clay Technique by Marian War...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: February 2015

Posted one month ago by Theresa D Abelew
Most people think of February as the month for romance, love, chocolate, and adult beverages. And by looking over the top downloaded projects from February you can see some of those romantic themes reflected in the sculptural lines of the pieces below. Even in the more gender-neutral projects, like the chain mail bezel or drilling river rocks, makes me wonder if these were intended to be gifts for loved ones. However for me, this past February marked month seven of my pregnancy, so rather than i...
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News in the Art Jewelry world: Cheryl Eve Acosta

Posted 2 months ago by Hazel Wheaton
Followers of art jewelry, international affairs, or both are no doubt aware of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's enthusiasm for — and promotion of — one-of-a-kind jewelry by independent artisans. Dr. Albright, during her time as Secretary of State, would draw upon her jewelry collection to add an additional depth to her diplomatic conversations. A strategically chosen brooch could be a simple conversation starter, could silently express her determination, or — in t...
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News in the Art Jewelry world: The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts offers two scholarships

Posted 2 months ago by Hazel Wheaton
The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts is offering two scholarships — and time is running out to apply! • New Student Scholarship: Open to all who have never taken a class at Revere. Applications are due March 1. • California Jewelers Scholarship: Open to all employed bench jewelers in California. Applications are due April 1. Both selected students will have their travel, lodging, and tuition for a regular three-day class covered by the Academy. The New Student Scholarship was...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: January 2015

Posted 3 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
I love seeing what our readers are working on in their studios. And while I don't get to hear directly from the majority of you (much to the relief of my email inbox), I can at least get a glimpse of what you might be starting on by reviewing the top downloaded articles. It looks like in January some of you might be working on one of my favorite things - chain mail! I especially love working on chain mail in the winter because it can be so cozy and relaxing. After the toddler goes to bed I'll po...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: December 2014

Posted 4 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
If the downloaded projects are any indication, it looks like a lot of our readers were focusing on silvers and patinas during December 2014. If you don't see the technique article of your dreams below, be sure to check out the rest of the 400+ jewelry techniques, and projects, available in our updated online store. —Theresa D. Abelew Get to Know Fine-Silver WireBeginner Metal Project by Melissa Muir was featured in the January 2009 issue. Sensuous SimplicityBeginner Chain Mail Project ...
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News in the Art Jewelry World: Michael David Sturlin

Posted 4 months ago by Rachel C. Frye
News in the Art Jewelry World: Spring Classes with Michael David Sturlin Michael David Sturlin returns for his 5th annual Visiting Artist Workshop at Myra Perrin Studio in Indianapolis. Sturlin has designed three exciting workshops, perfect for skill building and adding distinctive elements to your projects.  Learn to Love your Saw | April 27–28If you don't already have a great relationship with your saw, this experience will help get you there. Sturlin's expert guidance w...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: November 2014

Posted 4 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
Perhaps some of our readers were planning ahead for some pretty spectacular holiday gifts, or just prepping for project to work on during their holiday time off. Either way, check out the most downloaded projects during November 2014. If you don't see the technique article of your dreams below, be sure to check out the rest of the 400+ jewelry techniques, and projects, available in our updated online store. —Theresa D. Abelew Korean Damascene & ChiselIntermediate/Advanced Metal Techni...
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News in the Art Jewelry world: FSG Winter Workshops January 2015

Posted 5 months ago by Rachel C. Frye
Florida Society of Goldsmiths Northeast ChapterAtlantic Center for the Arts: New Smyrna Beach, FL January 11–16, 2015 Start the New Year immersed in the art of metal at Florida Society of Goldsmith’s Winter Workshop in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, January 11 – 16, 2015. There are just a few seats left in this amazing line up of five five-day classes: Cloisonne Enameling with Linda Darty will cover the fundamentals of enameling with a focus on blending transparent color...
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News in the Art Jewelry World: Record Gold Nugget Found in California

Posted 5 months ago by Rachel C. Frye
One of the largest gold nuggets ever to be discovered in California was unearthed this summer and has been auctioned off for an undisclosed amount. The treasure, weighing in at a whopping 75 troy ounces, was found by a California man who was prospecting for gold on public land in Butte County, California, in July. Kagin's Inc., the Tiburon-based coin dealer who brokered the deal, estimated the worth of the nugget to be between $350,000 and $450,000.  Historically...
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Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts: Masters Symposium

Posted 5 months ago by Rachel C. Frye
Revere Academy Masters Symposium 2015 San Francisco, Calif.April 10 – May, 2015.   In our upcoming January 2015 issue, we highlight the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts Masters Symposium 2015. The Revere Academy will be hosting an impressive lineup of prominent artists — unfortunately, we didn't list that lineup accurately in our issue. The correct roster of teachers is: Michael Boyd, Naohiro Yamada, Jim Binnion and Chris Ploof, Phil Poirier, Andy Cooperman, Jenny Reeves, a...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: October 2014

Posted 6 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
Last summer we sunk quite a bit of dough into home improvements. Unfortunately, it wasn't the sexy kind of improvements that included granite counter tops, new windows, or even a dishwasher (sigh). It was the necessary kind of improvements that included digging out the foundation for repair work and resealing. The plus side is that now there is a dry, extra-large spare room, with new windows, just crying out to be a transformed into a super-sized studio space! Perhaps some of you are also planni...
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Christopher C. Darway's Wood Jewelry Tips and Musical Trivia

Posted 6 months ago by apennington
In our January 2015 issue, Christopher C. Darway reminded you that while you may not always notice it, your studio is full of wood! He also shared some other great wood information — wood trivia, a musical wood quiz, and tips for making wood jewelry — that we, unfortunately, weren’t able run in print. So, here it is instead! Take a look at Darway’s Trivia Corner, Trivia Challenge, and Wood Jewelry Tips. Trivia CornerBalsa wood is super lightweight, yet strong. The C5 Che...
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The Life and Times of Robert W. Ebendorf: Jeweler and Metalsmith

Posted 6 months ago by apennington
Robert Ebendorf is one of the most prolific and influential mixed-media jewelers/metalsmiths of our time, and his standing in the field as a mentor and maker is unparalleled. The Life and Times of Robert W. Ebendorf: Jeweler and Metalsmith chronicles a lifetime of his work, and brings together over 100 artworks spanning five decades (1963–2013). Showcasing over 40 pieces from the Racine Art Museum’s (RAM’s) collection and many more on loan from long-time collectors, Ron Porter ...
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SOFA Chicago Recap

Posted 6 months ago by Rachel C. Frye
This past weekend, two members of the Art Jewelry team took a day trip to attend the SOFA (Sculptural Objects & Functional Art + Design) Fair in Chicago (it was my first time!) to look for new inspiring work, to meet the artists and talk with galleries, and of course, to try on jewelry. SOFA Chicago is an annual exhibition, and each year, it draws over 30,000 visitors to Chicago's Navy Pier to see work by emerging artists and designers in metal, wood, glass, ceramics, a...
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News in the Art Jewelry World: SOFA Chicago 2014

Posted 7 months ago by Rachel C. Frye
November 7–9, 2014 Opening Night Preview: November 6Navy Pier Festival Hall, Chicago SOFA CHICAGO announces its 21st annual exhibition dedicated to Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art and design. Each year, SOFA CHICAGO draws over 30,000 visitors to Chicago's Navy Pier to see work by emerging artists and designers in metal, wood, glass, ceramics and textiles. The show consists of presentations of collections "hosted" by more than 70 of the world's finest galleries. Speci...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: September 2014

Posted 7 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
Maybe I'm just nosy by nature, but I'm really curious to see what sort of projects our readers are up to this month! Eight of the top ten downloaded PDFs in September were technique articles. So after learning all these new drilling, metal, etching, and wire techniques, what is everyone working on? And since so many also downloaded the Set Up Your Studio: Jewelry Photography I'm also expecting some great images of these new projects. Share your work with Art Jewelry magazine! • If you are...
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Photo contest winners

Posted 7 months ago by Danielle Barr
We were thrilled to see more than 300 photos submitted from readers in our 10th Anniversary Photo Contest. We asked readers to share their favorite piece of jewelry that they designed and created in the last 10 years to celebrate our anniversary. After all the photos were submitted, the public was asked to vote for their favorite photo/design. Congratulations to People's Choice winner Susan K. Jones who received the highest number of public votes for her piece "Nature in Abstract"...
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News in the Art Jewelry World: The Annual Halstead Grant

Posted 7 months ago by Rachel C. Frye
Silver Jewelry Artist Erica Bello Wins the 9th Annual Halstead Grant The Halstead Grant is an annual jewelry grant that was first awarded in 2006. This competition recognizes jewelry artists who excel in both well-crafted design and business preparation. Grant winners are awarded $5,000 cash and $1,000 in jewelry supplies from Halstead to further their jewelry-making careers.  This year's winner, Erica Bello, creates industrial jewelry designs that are at once dramatic and refined. ...
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October is "Visit Your Local Bead Shop" month

Posted 7 months ago by Danielle Barr
Art Jewelry magazine is teaming up with Bead&Button, Bead Style and our books department to celebrate local bead shops during the month of October. If you visit your local bead shop this month, be on the lookout for these special events: In-store giveaways New classes Sales and specials Book signings Trunk shows In addition to that, both Bead Style and Bead&Button are hosting contests to celebrate. Enter Bead Style's Jewelry Design Contest, and your piece of jewelry c...
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Art Jewelry's 10th Anniversary Poster

Posted 8 months ago by Hazel Wheaton
About a year ago, we looked at the calendar and realized that Art Jewelry magazine had a birthday coming up. A big birthday — 10 years. So, how to celebrate? Obviously, we wanted to produce something special for our readers, and we wanted to get artists involved. And there was something about the number 10... ah, yes! There are 10 letters in the name "Art Jewelry." So... what if we could somehow convince some of our favorite jewelry makers to create an original piece of work, each repr...
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News in the Art Jewelry world: LOOT September 2014

Posted 8 months ago by Rachel C. Frye
On view October 6–10, 2014. Museum of Arts and Design: New York, NY Next month, New York's Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will feature the work of 50 talented jewelry makers from 22 countries in LOOT 2014, their annual exhibit and sale of fine contemporary art jewelry. The museum features an exciting cross-section of designs from emerging and acclaimed artists alike in their collection. This annual show fosters exploration and innovation in the field of jewelry making, focuses  on ...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: August 2014

Posted 8 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
If you flip through our back issues you can not only check out nearly any table of contents, but if a magazine is still in print you can click the "Buy This Issue" button to purchase the printed issue. But like the saying goes, "nothing lasts forever," and sometimes the back issues sell out. And while you might no longer be able to get the entire issue, those same projects can still be found and purchased individually in our store. That happens to be the case for two of our top ten pro...
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Top 10 Art Jewelry magazine covers, chosen by the editor

Posted 8 months ago by Danielle Barr
You may have noticed over the last two months that we've been posting incredible, brand-new, jewelry pieces created by some of the leading names in the field. You can see them all on our blog. It's all for a good reason! We're gearing up for our November 2014 issue - which celebrates 10 years of Art Jewelry magazine. In honor of our birthday, Editor Hazel Wheaton has shared her 10 favorite magazine covers from the last 10 years. Click through each and enjoy the eye candy - we sure are! Ja...
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"The Art of Mourning" jewelry exhibit

Posted 8 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
After I got married, I put my bungalow on the market and moved into my husband's place. His house was originally purchased by his grandparents back in the 1950s, and he bought it from his Grandmother several decades later. So, as you might expect in a big old house occupied by the same family for generations, you'll occasionally come across some long-forgotten treasures. One such item was this mourning pendant for his great-great-grandmother, above. If you've read some of my previous blog posts,...
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Top 10 tool modifications

Posted 8 months ago by Danielle Barr
We're all about tool modifications! We asked our Facebook audience to weigh in, and came up with some of our best modifications, too.  In addition, we're sharing the next piece of jewelry created to help celebrate Art Jewelry's 10th anniversary. Can you guess which artist created the piece to the right? Top 10 Tool Modifications Cut grooves in flatnose pliers to hold tubing/wire/small parts/etc. Polish pliers, hammers, and bench blocks to remove sharp edges Sharpen screwdrivers int...
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News in the Art Jewelry world: September 2014

Posted 8 months ago by Rachel C. Frye
On View September 3 – 28, 2014. Velvet Da Vinci: San Francisco, Calif.  Joanna Gollberg, familiar to Art Jewelry readers for her November 2010 cover story, "Fresh Prongs," is the subject of a new exhibition this month at San Francisco's Velvet Da Vinci gallery. Joanna Gollberg: Collected: An Exploration of Travel Through Jewelry, is on view through September 28.  Gollberg uses her signature oversized prongs to spotlight intriguing objects in her most recent body of w...
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Book Look: Hot & Cold Jewelry Connections

Posted 8 months ago by Danielle Barr
In her book, Hot & Cold Jewelry Connections, author Kieu Pham Gray shows you how to make a project two ways: once using cold-connection techniques and once using a butane torch. Choose the connection you prefer, and then create the look! An excerpt from the book: Tips for Stamping Letter stamps are easier to punch than decorative stamps. The more intricate or larger the stamp, the more difficult it is to make a good impression. When stamping words, consider the widths of all the lette...
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Top 10 stones

Posted 8 months ago by Danielle Barr
Time for another top 10! This week we asked our Facebook audience which stone is their favorite. Here's what they came up with. Top 10 Stones Labradorite Turquoise Opal (all varieties, including Mexican Fire and Boulder) Moonstone Tourmaline Amethyst Jasper (including Red Creek and Picture) Kyanite Emerald Sapphire Today is also the first day of voting for our 10th Anniversary Photo Contest. We had more than 360 entries - vote for your favorite We're continuing our 10th annive...
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Top 10 strategies to boost creativity

Posted 9 months ago by Danielle Barr
We're getting SO close to Art Jewelry's 10th anniversary! If you haven't noticed yet, we've been counting down each week by sharing Top 10 lists that our Facebook audience has helped us compile - see them all on our blog. Plus, we've been sharing photos of brand-new jewelry pieces created by some of the leading names in the field, asking you to guess who each artist is. Can you tell us who created the piece to the right? Top 10 Strategies to Boost Creativity Read Art Jewelry magazi...

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