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Once you’re armed with some know-how about choosing a jewelry-making kiln, making a good buying decision becomes so much easier, and you can be far more confident in your decision. In this post, we look at seven of the most important considerations to keep in mind when you’re thinking about—or shopping for—a new kiln.


Jewelers have been soldering on charcoal blocks as a refectory material for centuries. Although it’s not the only type of soldering block on Mark Nelson’s bench, they have several benefits. In today’s post, Mark covers many of the benefits and drawbacks of this simple, useful tool and shares some tips about how to get the most from your charcoal block!

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Looking to add a bit of flair to your flamework glass beads? In this video, Mark Nelson shows how simple it is to transform glass beads into fabulous pieces of wearable art using the Beadliner Kit and silver tubing.

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You can give lampworked beads a polished and sparkling finish by lining them with silver tubing. Eleanore Macnish and Mark Nelson show you how!


Recently on The Studio, I chatted with Eleanore Macnish about her inspiration, evolution as an artist, and approach to glasswork and silversmithing. Today, Eleanore gives us a tour of her colorful studio and shares some stories about the growth and evolution of her business. . .


Eleanore Macnish is a jeweler and lampwork bead artist who’s unique, large-scale pieces are filled with charming, unexpected details. Eleanore uses a variety of metals, gemstones, found objects, and glass beads of her own making to hand-craft stunning, wearable artwork. . .