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Top 10 strategies to boost creativity

Posted 2 days 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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Most popular jewelry projects: July 2014

Posted 4 days ago by Theresa D Abelew
Although I can easily ignore the uptick in department store Halloween displays, and even a rogue Christmas tree display(!?), it is impossible to deny that "Back to School" season has officially begun. While the majority of our readers are no longer subject to tedious, boring homework each night, (I'm looking at you Algebra), there remains a desire to learn and try something new. Check out the top 10 projects downloaded from the Art Jewelry store during July to see what sort of new...
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News in the Art Jewelry world: August 2014

Posted 8 days ago by Rachel C. Frye
On View September 26, 2014 – January 11, 2015 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents CraftTexas 2014, the eighth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Featuring 49 works by 44 Texas artists, the exhibition includes everything from sculpture, jewelry, textiles, installations, and furniture to concepts that include vernacular architecture, formal...
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Top 10 jewelry artists, compiled by our Facebook audience

Posted 9 days ago by Danielle Barr
This was our toughest Top 10 yet! Over the past few weeks we've been asking our Facebook audience to chime in on a variety of top 10 questions — Top 10 organizational tips, alternative materials, and more. This time we asked for your favorite jewelry artists. With over 234 responses, we narrowed the list down to 10. Top 10 Jewelry Artists Heidi Mandato Shannon Noelke Andy Cooperman Jennifer Wong Alexander Calder Sydney Lynch Wanaree Tanner Thomas Mann Richard Salley Cl...
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Top 10 organizational tips

Posted 16 days ago by Danielle Barr
We asked – you answered! In the last few weeks we've asked our Facebook audience to help us make a variety of Top 10 lists: alternative materials, safety tips, and tools. This week, we asked for the best organizational tips you had and listed them below. All of this fun is happening because we're starting to celebrate Art Jewelry's 10th anniversary! (Hence the emphasize on "10"). In addition, we're sharing photos of jewelry that was created by leading names in the field to celebrate our...
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Adventures collecting beach rock

Posted 17 days ago by Rachel C. Frye
I have been making jewelry using natural beach rock for several years with predrilled stones that I purchase from a fellow artisan. I’ve always been a collector, with an ever-expanding mix of driftwood, river rock, and various found objects that I have grand plans for turning into something amazing. Within the past couple of years I have relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Surrounded by lakes, I am lucky to have a wide variety of Wisconsin stones at my disposal to drill myself and turn i...
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Top 10 alternative materials

Posted 23 days ago by Danielle Barr
You're probably well aware that we are gearing up for Art Jewelry magazine's 10th anniversary by sharing photos of jewelry that was created by leading names in the field, specifically to celebrate 10 years. Our next photo is posted to the right — can you guess the artist? Tell us on our Facebook page! We're also sharing top 10 lists, created by our Facebook audience. This week it's all about alternative materials. Top 10 Alternative Materials Fiber (ranging from recycled sari s...
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My favorite piece of jewelry: Theresa Abelew

Posted 24 days ago by Danielle Barr
In honor of Art Jewelry's 10th anniversary, we're celebrating with a photo contest for our readers! We're asking you to share your favorite piece of jewelry that you've designed and created in the last 10 years — it can be anything! Find the full list of rules and enter our contest by September 2, before public voting begins. Since you're sharing your favorite piece of jewelry, we thought we'd do the same. Assistant Editor Theresa Abelew shares her first original chain mail design, wh...
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Top 10 safety tips

Posted one month ago by Danielle Barr
We've just started celebrating Art Jewelry's 10th anniversary! That's right — the November 2014 issue marks 10 years for our beloved magazine. Each Wednesday, we're posting a new photo of a piece of jewelry created by some of the leading names in the jewelry field, like the one pictured to the right. Can you guess who that artist is? We're also asking our Facebook audience to share their top 10 lists with us — this week it's the top 10 safety tips to keep in mind. Top ...
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Top 10 tools: Chosen by you!

Posted one month ago by Danielle Barr
Art Jewelry is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary with the November 2014 issue! In honor of our birthday, some of the leading names in the jewelry field made brand-new pieces, like the one pictured to the right. Can you guess who the artist is? In addition, we're starting a bunch of festivities early to celebrate our anniversary. Each week, we will ask our Facebook audience to share their "top 10" lists with us, based on a variety of topics. Head to Facebook and join in on the fun. ...
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Enter our photo contest!

Posted one month ago by Danielle Barr
The November issue of Art Jewelry will mark our 10th anniversary, and we want you to celebrate with us! From now until September 2, we want you to submit your favorite piece of jewelry that you have designed and created in the last 10 years in our 10th Anniversary Photo Contest. It can be anything! We want to see your best. Then, starting September 3, come back and vote for your favorite photo — and encourage your friends to do the same. We will select two winners —...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: June 2014

Posted one month ago by Theresa D Abelew
It's finally summer around here and short sleeves have gained some serious ground in the wardrobe rotation, which is perfect for showcasing new bracelet and cuff projects. And if you are like me, bracelets are a great way to direct attention away from my usual farmers tan, or worse the road-trip-one-arm-on-the-windowsill tan. It looks like many of our readers are on the same wavelength, since so many of our top 10 projects downloaded from the Art Jewelry store in June focus on bra...
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Counting down to the big 1-0!

Posted one month ago by Hazel Wheaton
It’s nearly impossible for me to believe, but with November 2014 issue, Art Jewelry magazine will celebrate its 10th anniversary. We’ve got a lot planned for the issue, and we’ll also be reaching out through our website, newsletter (sign up here), and Facebook page to get all our readers (and hoped-for readers!) involved as well. Watch for our upcoming photo contest, the ongoing series of “Top 10” questions on our Facebook page (the first of which went live yest...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: May 2014

Posted 2 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
The top ten list of downloaded projects from May 2014 covers a wide projects and techniques in metal, wire, metal clay, enamel, polymer clay, and even leather! Check out these top 10 projects downloaded from the Art Jewelry store during May 2014. If you don't see the technique, ring, cuff, earrings, bracelet or jewelry style of your dreams below be sure to peruse the rest of the 400+ jewelry projects, and techniques available in our online store. —Theresa D. Abelew M...
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Joining the Art Jewelry Team

Posted 2 months ago by Rachel C. Frye
Let me first start out with an introduction; I joined the Art Jewelry team in May of 2014 as the new Editorial Assistant. I am meeting so many new people and definitely enjoying the perks of the job. Did you know we have our own Studio? Pretty exciting! I am looking forward to settling in and being able to start experimenting with our exceptional collection of tools in the not-so-distant future.  Every day is different and I get to learn new tricks; which is exactly how I like it. Over...
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Jewelry by Ulli Kaiser

Posted 2 months ago by Susan Lomuto
Gemstones, vintage beads and silver add drama and color to Ulli Kaiser’s contemporary jewelry. The artist, who is influenced by an interest in bookbinding, Asian jewelry and textile techniques, taught herself bead crochet, eventually adding silver elements to the designs – a move that opened new opportunities to combine color, shape and technique. Born and raised in Austria, Kaiser spent many years in Hong Kong after college before settling in England where she maint...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: April 2014

Posted 3 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
Two "Set Up Your Studio" articles made the top 10 list for April. So, I'm sure April was filled with lots of studio "spring cleaning," (otherwise known around my house as, "spring best-of-intentions-but-will-never-be-finished-since-there-is-a-toddler-living-here cleaning"). Hopefully, we'll be seeing new work coming out of those updated photography and metals studios soon! Check out these top 10 projects downloaded from the Art Jewelry store during April 2014. If you don't see the...
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Collaborate: Friends in the Making

Posted 3 months ago by Brenda Schweder
Can you imagine what can happen between artists when they come together to create jewelry works? That's exactly what my latest endeavor, Collaborate: Friends in the Making, is all about. The project focuses on 32 artists that partner with me to make jewelry works that pair their chosen mediums—every medium from photography and knitting, to clay, beads, metal, wood, glass and alternate materials—with my edgy style and chosen material: dark annealed steel wire. The project will come...
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IPCA 2014 Retreat Workshops

Posted 3 months ago by apennington
The IPCA’s (International Polymer Clay Association) 2014 Retreat, “Arches: Building Clay Connections,” is being held August 21–24 in Columbus, Ohio. They are also offering pre-conference workshops August 19–20! One of the instructors, retreat Guest Artist and Art Jewelry contributor Helen Breil, will be giving two workshops before the retreat, and they look great! One of the projects she’s teaching is based on her eBook and her project “Manipulating...
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Driftwood jewelry by Nina Morrow

Posted 3 months ago by Susan Lomuto
I have an obsession with things that wash up on the shore. My collection of driftwood, large and small, likely rivals some people’s collection of music, or jewelry. One day I will do more than cherish the hunt, gather the gifts, experiment with the stash. Nina Morrow is way ahead of me. She shapes, burns and colors driftwood pieces into jewelry that is at once bold, playful and organic. It was love at first sight. Morrow uses bleached cottonwood that she finds along the banks of th...
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Faux Reticulation

Posted 3 months ago by Melissa Cable
I love the look of reticulated metal. The rippled texture that covers the surface of the metal is different every time, and while not a difficult process, it is a practice in patience. The technique involves heating silver or gold to convert the surface copper to copper oxide. The metal is then pickled to remove the copper oxide and the process is repeated a half dozen times. This is called depletion gilding, and once the oxides no longer form, the metal is ready to be reticulated by heati...
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Leather design challenge

Posted 3 months ago by Danielle Barr
In the upcoming July issue, Karen J. Lauseng shows you how to turn simple leather and wire into a beautifully textured cuff. We have some fantastic leather samples donated by Random Twigs to the Art Jewelry studio that we think would make some great projects. We'll be choosing 10 subscribers who will each receive two different samples to make their jewelry creations. Their pieces will then be photographed here in house and featured in their own online gallery. If you would like the chanc...
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Mother's Day jewelry

Posted 3 months ago by Danielle Barr
Mother's Day is just around the corner. It's the perfect time to put your jewelry making skills to use by creating a handmade piece for mom. Whether you're new to jewelry making, crunched for time, or simply in need of a unique gift idea, we rounded up a few ideas below to get you started. If you're still stumped, browse through all of our projects. What will you make? In this beginner project, you'll learn how to make an adjustable wire ring that can comfortably accommodate up to four ring s...
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Free admission to the Bead&Button Show

Posted 4 months ago by Danielle Barr
It's true! For the first time ever, we're offering free admission to this year's shopping event at the Bead&Button Show, June 8-9 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bead&Jewelry Marketplace is a weekend shopping experience, open to the public, that is designed for those interested in buying artisan-crafted finished jewelry, beads, gemstones, findings, components, accessories and much more. You'll find hundreds of vendors from all over the world and more than a billion beads at the Market...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: March 2014

Posted 4 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
March was an interesting month for downloading projects. Our eclectic top ten list covers projects and techniques in metal, wire, metal clay, enamel, polymer, and even photography! Check out these top 10 projects downloaded from the Art Jewelry store during March 2014. If you don't see the technique, ring, cuff, earrings, bracelet or jewelry style of your dreams below be sure to peruse the rest of the 400+ jewelry projects, and techniques available in our online store. &mdash...
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Creative Play

Posted 4 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
Some of you may have read Annie's blog about our recent foray into the world of woodturning. It was a blast and I love my new pen and other woodturning project. (Stay tuned for Annie's next blog post for details & more photos!) But there are still many more hobbies I'd like to try before settling on one and investing in new equipment for my already over-crowded studio space. Luckily, I have creative friends who are adventurous and willing to test out new hobbies with me. Last month...
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Happy 80th birthday, Kalmbach Publishing!

Posted 5 months ago by apennington
Last week, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of our parent company, Kalmbach Publishing Co. That's quite a reason to celebrate! Kalmbach treated everyone in the company to an afternoon of beverages, fancy appetizers, and desserts — and time to socialize and step away from our desks for a while. We all enjoyed the break and the slideshow of KPC history. Speaking of anniversaries, this year marks Art Jewelry's 10th year! So stay tuned … we've got a lot in store for you as we ...
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Green jewelry for St. Patrick's Day

Posted 5 months ago by Danielle Barr
A holiday is always a good excuse to show off your most festive jewelry. We've rounded up some of our FREE projects that incorporate the color green. In the first project, Ladder bracelet, you'll combine easy techniques from metal clay, wireworking, and chain making to build a bracelet one step at a time. It's perfect for beginners and showcases gemstone beads. In the second, Peacock Cloisonne, you'll add a dose of color to your wardrobe with this brightly hued enamel pendant. Desig...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: February 2014

Posted 5 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
It's been a frigid February around Art Jewelry HQ. Since we are in the Midwest the "hot" topics were generally about the weather, ever expanding potholes during the morning commute, and the dreaded Polar Vortex. Short of my wedding ring all my metal jewelry was swapped out for warmer accessories like scarves, shawls, and anything with a plug-in heater. But I'm guessing by the amount of wire projects downloaded in February we have readers with really great furnaces or are smart enough to avoid wi...
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Introducing the new ArtJewelryMag.com

Posted 6 months ago by Hazel Wheaton
It’s finally here – our new website! We spent weeks researching and talking about Art Jewelry readers, and then proceeded to tear the site apart and reorganize it with you in mind. We’ve simplified our navigation system to make it easier to find what you’re looking for in whatever medium you prefer, and we’ve revamped our search function so that you can refine your results as you go. Plus, if you register on the site (it’s free!), you can access exclusive v...

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