Editors' Blog

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Most Popular Jewelry Projects: September 2014

Posted 11 hours 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 yesterday 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: SOFA Chicago 2014

Posted 2 days 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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News in the Art Jewelry World: The Annual Halstead Grant

Posted 14 days 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 21 days 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 28 days 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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