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Tools of the Trade

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Tools of the Trade

Everything revolves around having the right tool for the job. A mechanic does not change the oil in a car with a skillet and a spoon. A dentist does not drill a tooth with a pickax. A jewelry designer does not close a jump ring with a hammer. At least none of these folks should use those tools for those jobs. I do think my dentist has a pickax. And a hammer. There are a million articles online and in magazines about the basic tools that any jewelry designer needs to have tucked in their toolbox. In my case, hanging...

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It’s the Little Things

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It’s the Little Things

Friday, February 21, 2014 It’s the Little Things When you first learn to create jewelry, you may only have a limited supply of beading and finishing materials, but as you get more proficient in your beading experience, you begin to look at the other things that you can add to professionally finish your jewelry. When you first begin, just finishing a necklace or a bracelet with a clasp and a crimp bead may be just swell. It holds and does the job you intended it to do. This perfect example of exposed crimp beads and bad clasps shows how although...

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It's Always Springtime on My Workbench

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It's Always Springtime on My Workbench

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 It's Always Springtime on My Workbench By: Julie L. Cleveland Spring brings us all those wonderfully, colorful flowers that we see in backyards, meadows and at the local grocery store. Whether they are baskets of blooms for the front porch or a bouquet of flowers for the kitchen table, the colorful buds brighten up even the darkest, rain-filled afternoon. My polymer art consists of a multitudes of flowers that I create and use within my bead making or my finished fashion jewelry. This is an example of my flower canes on my handmade beads. The use...

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