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PEARL STRINGING made UNBELIEVABLY EASY #1: Jane's Super Easy Pearl Stringing Technique

The classic pearl stringing technique is so nonsensical that it takes years to learn how to do it correctly. There are even more absurd tools to make it “easier” but it’s still awkward. Here is my super easy technique, which I originally...

Bead and Button Show

I am not sure how many of you subscribe to this, but for you who don’t and are interested, I’m posting a link to the classes you can take at the show. I’m not going, but I can honestly say that if I ever do go, I’ll have to bring several...

My Jewelry Making Journey

Back in the early 90s, one of my class projects was on recycling. I had no clue as what I was going to do. Then, I remembered an old leather purse from the 80s. You know the ones with the beaded fringes on the front, yeah…I had one of those. ...

My Jewelry Making Journey

I was laid off from my job that was going out of business. My sister suggested I take a jewelry making class with her. I was hesitant but thought it would fill some time while I continued to look for a job. Needless to say the class was...

My Journey Through Wire Wrapping

I was given a beautiful Intarsia that a dear friend of ours had made. Intarsia ia where you start in the middle and work your way to the outside. After having received such a wonderful gift, I took one class and this is the result. Here are a...

My Journey

I’ve done crafts, like many of you, since I was a young girl. I started sewing at age 12, and was designing children’s clothes, purses, lingerie, and other stuff all thru college. I designed & made my wedding dress, and made all my...

Jewelers.Community Interview: Suzanne Metcalf

This interview, with Suzanne Metcalf, is from April 2016 1. Tell us a little about yourself About myself, My Name is Suzanne Metcalf I started making jewelry as a hobby about 8 1/2 years ago. I took one simple stringing class and was hooked....

Coffee, Beads, and Blogging #7: The 99¢ War - A Pricing Experiment

I have been reading and doing some research on pricing lately. There seems to be a ton of buzz surrounding .99 instead of having .00 at the end of your prices. There are whole articles written in psychology magazines and marketing magazines. ...

Joanne's Jewels

Hi fellow jewelry makers. I want to let you know some information about me and the kind of jewelry I make. My name is Joanne Messier, and I have systemic lupus, and RA, which caused my fingers and hands to hurt , and swell with inflammation...

My Journey

I took an interest in jewelry making when I was 19 years old. I began by stringing tortoise shell, mother of pearl, sea urchin spines and silver beads. I didn’t know the first thing about threads, jump rings, etc. but I made the few pieces for...