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Free admission to the Bead&Button Show

Posted yesterday by Danielle Calkins
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 3 days 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 22 days 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 27 days 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 one month ago by Danielle Calkins
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 one month 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 one month 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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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: January 2014

Posted 2 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
Art Jewelry readers are starting off 2014 with an eclectic array of project choices. The top projects downloaded during January swing from electroforming, to casting, to photography, to metalsmithing, to chain mail, to... (whew!) you get the idea. Check out these top 10 projects downloaded from the Art Jewelry store during January 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+ jewelr...
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Getting over intimidation in the studio

Posted 2 months ago by Reidin Dintzner
Often, we who work at Art Jewelry hear this statement: "I wish I could make jewelry like you do." This doesn't mean that they can't, it just means that they haven't had the opportunity to learn all the same techniques and play with metal that we have. Well, for 2014, one of my main resolutions was that I am going to get into the studio more often to create things, and I figured I'd make it everyone's resolution for a day! So I sent out an invitation to several of the people who support Art...
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Important changes coming to the Art Jewelry website

Posted 2 months ago by Danielle Calkins
Get ready! Changes are coming to Art Jewelry – a new website! With this change, we’re going to have some changes with our forums. We will still have one forum open for any questions you may have for us, but the others will be completely removed with the new site launch, by the end of February. What this means for you: Any previous forum posts, comments and interactions will no longer be accessible. If you are interested in any tips, threads or conversations you had wi...
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Making pens with a lathe

Posted 3 months ago by apennington
Well, it happened again: I think I found a new hobby. This past weekend, Theresa Abelew, my boyfriend (John Scott), and I took a woodturning class at Rockler, a fine-woodworking shop in Milwaukee. Our class was a 4-hour introduction to the lathe, and we each left with our own handmade Slimline Stylus/Pen. Now, that’s what I call a well-spent Sunday afternoon! (The pen with the three bumps is Theresa's, mine is the one with the flared end, and John's is the one with the single finger gro...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: December 2013

Posted 3 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
Here we are at the beginning of a brand new year. A year filled with hopes, dreams and aspirations of a sparkling clean, fully-stocked and organized studio. Ok, so really I'd settle for a sorta-clean-with-a-few-more-shelves studio. I even have the shelves, I just have to apply one last coat of sealer, charge my power drill, find my big level, and hang them — sigh... It appears that some of our metalsmith artists/readers are better at studio management than I am. Or perhaps this round of to...
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Happy Holidays from the staff of Art Jewelry magazine!

Posted 4 months ago by Hazel Wheaton
This year, the good people at the Oxford Dictionary Online chose "Selfie" as their word of the year for 2013. If you don't know already, a selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Our in-house photographer, Bill Zuback, came up with a fun idea — to shoot the AJ staff taking a selfie, which then became a photo, which we then printed out and used as our holiday card. S...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: November 2013

Posted 4 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
Some of the smartest people I know are considered "the creative-type." And after reviewing the top PDF downloads in November it only strengthens my theory. After all, what better way to beat the cold than curled up with a hot torch in a cozy studio completing a new metals project? Here are the top 10 PDFs downloaded from the Art Jewelry store during November 2013. If you don't see the ring, cuff, earrings, bracelet or jewelry style of your dreams below be sure to peruse the rest ...
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Society of North American Goldsmiths holiday jewelry sale!

Posted 4 months ago by Hazel Wheaton
This year, the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), is holding a holiday sale. The event, titled "Uniques," will feature pieces (both jewelry and small objects) by SNAG members, and run December 2-16. I'm torn about whether this is a good thing, or a bad thing. On the one hand, it's a great way to shop for gifts -- all those beautiful pieces of jewelry by talented artisans that you might never see in a store near you. On the other hand... wait. What was the other hand? Oh, right....
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Hone your skills to get over creative block

Posted 5 months ago by apennington
We’ve all been there. You’ve just finished your last big show of the year, and you actually have no impending deadlines, for once…it’s a strange feeling, right? You go down to your studio (I happen to be a basement dweller), sit down at your bench, and…nothing. It’s like after that final deadline has passed, your brain decided it was time for your creativity to hibernate for a little while. What do you do to get over this hump?  It happens to all of ...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: October 2013

Posted 5 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
So, not everyone spent October choking their sewing machines by making Halloween costumes with faux fur like me. (I'm going to be finding red faux fur drifting around the house for years — but it was totally worth it!) Looking through the most popular projects list the hot topic for October was settings. Whether by chain mail, metal or wire there are oddles of ways to incorporate beach glass, coins, stones, guitar picks, or pretty much any kind of found objects in with your jewelry. Check ...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: September 2013

Posted 5 months ago by Reidin Dintzner
The days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting colder — what to do but curl up in a warm studio with your trusty tutorials at hand? This fall sees more metal jewelry projects at the top of the most-wanted list for the Art Jewelry readers. Check out the top 10 PDFs downloaded from the Art Jewelry store during September 2013. If you don't see the tool, wirework, metal, metal clay, chain mail, or polymer clay cuff, earrings, bracelet or jewelry style of your d...
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Brigitte Martin visits the Art Jewelry offices

Posted 6 months ago by apennington
Earlier this month, we had a special visitor in the office. Brigitte Martin, founder and editor of the social network Crafthaus and author of Humor in Craft (read my review of her book in the November 2012 issue of Art Jewelry), recently relocated to the Chicago area, so we arranged for her to visit Art Jewelry magazine’s headquarters. What a treat! (If you’re not familiar with Crafthaus, you’re missing out! It’s a phenomenal crafts-focused social media site…check ...
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Calls for entry and eye candy

Posted 6 months ago by Reidin Dintzner
Well, the end of the year is rushing towards us, far faster than I was expecting! In between the temperature changes, the shorter days, and pumpkin EVERYTHING, it also seems to be the time for competitions — both for seeing the winners of 2013 and gearing up to submit for 2014.  I’m loving the postings and the new galleries showing the winners of these competitions! There is always something so inspiring about seeing the work of so many talented, diverse people, and my favorite...
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Upcoming Deadline: Saul Bell Jewelry Design Competitions 2014

Posted 7 months ago by apennington
The week of September 22 is the last week to submit your work for the Saul Bell competitions. The Emerging Jewelry Artist Award is specifically for designers 18 or younger as of August 1, 2013, but that deadline is a month away. Also, new this year in both competitions is the Alternative Metals/Materials category!  Entries for the Saul Bell Design Award are due (postmarked) September 27, and the submissions for the Emerging Jewelry Artist competition are due (postmarked) November 29.&n...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: August 2013

Posted 7 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
The weather is finally starting to cool off around here, but August was a scorcher! It sounds like most of our readers were starting on new metalsmithing projects while they hid from the heat in their studio. Check out the top 10 PDFs downloaded from the Art Jewelry store during August 2013. If you don't see the tool, wirework, metal, metal clay, chain mail, or polymer clay cuff, earrings, bracelet or jewelry style of your dreams below be sure to peruse the rest of the over 400 jewelry projects,...
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Call for Entries: Nontraditional Materials

Posted 8 months ago by apennington
If you’re not signed up for our newsletter, you may have missed our recent call for entries…and I know you don’t want to miss out on that! (You can sign up for our newsletter here.) Our November issue is all about nontraditional materials, and to highlight all the amazing work being made with unexpected materials, we’re looking for images of your work! We’re putting together an online gallery for our website of jewelry made by artists who use nontraditional mate...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: July 2013

Posted 8 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
What better way to beat the summer swelter than to hide from the heat in a lovely air conditioned studio? This summer it looks like metal jewelry projects were the top choices for the Art Jewelry readers. Check out the top 10 PDFs downloaded from the Art Jewelry store during July 2013. If you don't see the tool, wirework, metal, metal clay, chain mail, or polymer clay cuff, earrings, bracelet or jewelry style of your dreams below be sure to peruse the rest of the over 400 jewelry projects, and t...
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A road trip to recharge your creativity

Posted 8 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
It's important to get away from the studio once in awhile. Getting out to see new things can give you a fresh perspective and help stimulate creativity. For us, that means packing up the car and hitting the road. This time we decided to head East to visit family. Granted, most people wouldn't consider driving 2000+ miles with a one-year old any sort of "vacation" but if I learned one thing from my childhood family vacations it is that sleep and distraction are key to any successful road trip. Lu...
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How to use nail polish in your jewelry studio

Posted 8 months ago by apennington
I recently introduced you all to Art Jewelry's brand new video set!  And although we love our new studio, preparing for shoots requires a lot of prep time. Of everything that has to be done, the hardest thing for me to do, as a maker, is keep my fingers looking good. I essentially live in my personal studio once I leave the AJ offices, and I’ve never been one for manicures and nice-looking hands. It’s a fact that I will never be a hand model, and I’m quite fine with tha...
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Pinterest: Top 5 Art Jewelry Pins

Posted 8 months ago by Danielle Calkins
Did you know Art Jewelry is on Pinterest? It's true! And not just that. We're pinning projects and inspiration from the editors and artists of the entire Kalmbach publishing family: Bead Style, Bead&Button, Kalmbach books and the Bead&Button Show. Follow us! While we're pinning our favorite content, our readers are too. Here are the top 5 pins from artjewelrymag.com. Enjoy! How To: Set a Cabochon in a Bezel: 14 Tips to Improve the Way You Make Metal Jewelry: How To: Forging Your ...
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Art Jewelry's New Video Set

Posted 9 months ago by apennington
We’ve been filming a lot of videos lately in our BRAND NEW VIDEO SET! It's a very comfortable and spacious studio, and while it feels as close to a real studio as possible, I've come to the conclusion that I definitely don’t feel like a natural when it comes to being filmed. Hazel, Theresa, and Reidin seem to have a natural comfort in front of the camera (though, I’m certain they’d disagree with me on that point), but I tend to forget what to say and how to speak as soo...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: June 2013

Posted 9 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
Our annual July tool issue was packed to the gills with tool articles about making your own tools with traditional materials, making tools with unusual items (chopsticks anyone?), customizing your tools, protecting your tools, and more. Still, our readers were downloading some of our previous tool articles along with stunning classic chain mail projects, several fun polymer and metal projects, and information on how to customize your lapidary work.  Check out the top 10 PDFs downloade...
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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: May 2013

Posted 10 months ago by Theresa D Abelew
It looks like our readers thought May was a great time to plan out new wirework project, followed closely by metal and polymer clay jewelry projects. Check out the top 10 PDFs downloaded from the Art Jewelry store during May 2013. If you don't see the wirework, metal, metal clay, chain mail, or polymer clay cuff, earrings, bracelet or jewelry style of your dreams below be sure to peruse the rest of the over 400 jewelry projects, and techniques available in our online store. Polymer Clay Project...

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