I just love a win/win, and this gorgeous new book, New Directions: Powder Metallurgy (Metal Clay) in a Sheet Metal World, put together by Susan Breen Silvy and Christine Norton, delivers in so many ways!
Archives for August 2011
Chain and Bead Jewelry Soldering Connections is the fourth book in Scott David Plumlee’s series on chain making. If you love making chain, but have been avoiding projects that involve soldering, this is the book for you!
Today we’ve got another wire working project to share with you. In this one, Mark Nelson creates a pair of large silver hoop earrings made from 20-gauge sterling wire and wrapped with Swarovski beads. Have fun!
This is part two of the book excerpt from Scott David Plumlee’s terrific book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Soldering Connections. In this excerpt, Plumlee demonstrates how to use the headpins from Monday’s post to create a pair of Beaded Triad Earrings. . .
In the following excerpt from Scott David Plumlee’s book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Soldering Connections, Scott shares a great approach to making silver headpins from Argentium Silver wire. . .
This time of year is all about getting kids outfitted, supplied and registered for the new school year. There’s a lot of excitement, enthusiasm and maybe just a little bit of the jitters when faced with new ideas, new connections and new challenges, but that’s what makes it a thrill! Why leave all the fun to the kids?
Santa Fe Symposium always brings a plethora of new and unique experiences. The Symposium is all about the science of making jewelry but for me it is a lot more than that. . .
A conversation with young jewelry designer Haley Holeman, a 2008 Saul Bell Design Award Emerging Artist winner. Haley mixes media in many of her vibrant jewelry designs, everything from Argentium® Silver with glass…
In the early 90s I created a line of jewelry which used anticlastic and synclastic shapes made from strips of gold and silver. The need for efficient hammers and stakes inspired me to develop and make a urethane-headed hammer and stakes which would form the shapes I needed. . .
Make a beautiful chain of interweaving loops–a method developed by the Greeks and Romans. Leave us a comment about your interest in wire-wrapping techniques and maybe you’ll win Jean Reist Stark and Josephine Reist Smith’s wire-wrapping book!
Here at Rio Grande, there is a lot of enthusiasm for and support of lifelong learning – especially when it comes to learning as much as possible about the products and processes that make our industry ‘tick’. . .
Do you ever wish you had a the skills to drill deep holes, very straight? In this post, Eddie shares a great method he learned from expert machinist and fellow Rio associate, Jeff Zirwas. . .