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this is not my newsletter it is theirs but I wanted you all to see it and get some new ideas on creating.
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May 17, 2010
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This antique ring was made in a time and place I can hardly imagine, yet wearing the ring is literally carrying a piece of that world around with me. Photo: Jim Lawson
Make Connections with Handmade Jewelry
Every time I slip my finger into my antique bronze ring, it sends chills down my spine. I love how the newly applied rim of gold perfectly sets off the chocolate-brown patina with its hint of bluish green. I love how the precision of that gold contrasts with the roughly forged contours of the ring’s shank and the crudely worked design on top. But most of all I love the intimate connection wearing it gives me with the ring’s original, long-anonymous maker, who lived at least a few hundred years ago somewhere on the other side of the world.
Handcrafted, Special Touch
Handmade jewelry is special for many reasons. It carries that almost direct connection from maker to wearer, like a handshake or caress once removed. Like any jewelry, handwrought jewelry can mark a special occasion or make the wearer look and feel special on any occasion. Handmade jewelry can look like a classic or be absolutely unique, use materials that are rare or found every day, follow an ancient tradition or tell a personal, contemporary story—but every piece of handcrafted jewelry is a little different from every other.
These lifelike bronze, silver, and copper leaves were fold formed by Hadar Jacobson from metal clay and put into handmade necklaces and handcrafted earrings. Photo: Jim Lawson
Make Your Own Handmade Jewelry
Every time you make a piece of your own jewelry, whether for yourself, as a gift, or to sell, you make the world a little bit more special, express yourself in a lasting, wearable art form, and connect with others. At Jewelry Making Daily, we’re committed to helping you connect with other jewelry makers, hone your jewelry-making skills, and expand your jewelry design vocabulary.
You can start right now with this free e-Book offer. In Making Jewelry with Jewelry Making Daily, How to Make Jewelry: 3 Free Handcrafted Jewelry Projects, you’ll find clear illustrated instructions from expert jewelry makers for an impressive variety of jewelry forms and styles using many different techniques. Each jewelry-making project includes a complete list of required jewelry-making supplies.
Learn It All with Jewelry Making Daily
Learn to make a flexible silver and gold-tone chain maille bracelet with nothing more than jump rings, pliers, and a clasp. See how to shape copper, bronze, and silver clays into elegant leaf shapes through the technique of fold forming—then attach a jump ring and wear one or several suspended in earrings or from a necklace. Discover firsthand how one artist developed a special setting for an unusually cut stone she just adored that is sure to give you ideas of your own.
The angled cut of the
red jasper in this
by Lexi Erickson was too
interesting to cover up,
so the jewelry designer
left it visible.
Photo: Jim Lawson
This handmade bracelet is made by linking jump rings in an interesting weave. You start like this:
Enjoy Making and More
Every piece you make may not be destined to be dug up as an artifact centuries from now, but every piece, no matter how basic, will carry a little bit of you with it into the future and make the world a slightly more special place. That’s a lot of return on an investment that’s a pleasure in itself!
Download your free jewelry making projects today and feel free to forward this e-mail to all your friends who would also enjoy this free eBook—after all, handmade jewelry is meant to be shared.
is editorial director
Gem & Jewelry Group
of Lapidary Journal