Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist March/April 2020

In every issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist you’ll get hands-on expertise, illustrated demos, and projects loaded with valuable tips and design ideas to inspire your own metal jewelry designs. Plus our experts answer all your technical questions, and you’ll learn the pros’ favorite tools and how to use them.

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in this issue

2 min
the picture expands

MY LITTLE WORLD WAS ROCKED. When John Glenn became the first human being to orbit the earth in 1962, we saw part of it on a television set specially brought into my first grade classroom. Of the two events, I was almost as wide-eyed at watching TV in school as I was about putting a man into orbit, but I knew which was the bigger story. It was not our first venture into space, not even the first that I remember, but it was the first that I understood as extraordinary. Ever since, the Space Age has thrilled me, broadening our horizons and showing us worlds throughout our solar system and beyond. Yet one of the most striking horizons of all was revealed to us early on when we simply looked…

3 min
your turn

Design Challenges Your Design Riffs Design based on projects and jewelry shown in previous issues of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Your Settings Letters Re: “Zen of the Blade,” July/August 2019 To readers of my rock sawing feature last summer, here’s an update. I continued to practice the freehand mindfulness technique of withdrawing and reinserting the rough into the blade. I’m now at a stage of awareness where I can usually tell what my alignment is just by relaxing for a moment, sensing the vibrations, then resuming the forward push. If I feel I need more feedback, I pull back just a quarter inch or so, letting the blade idle in the slot. Then the vibrations will tell me which side of the slot the blade is abrading. There are other subtleties I’m only intuitively aware of…

1 min
their turn

Kieu Pham Gray’s Separation Enamel Pendant Enamel, copper, vintage chain, vintage charms “LESSONS LEARNED,” p.18 Katie Kameen’s Winding Brooch Plastic found objects, rubber suction cup “SAY IT WITH JEWELRY,” p.70 Lexi Erickson’s Pendant Rough-faced drusy, sterling silver, keum boo “LESSONS LEARNED,” p.18 “THE SNOW QUEEN,” p.54 Noël Yovovich’s Fold-Up 3D Pendant Metal sheet, masonry nails “THE UNCUT VERSION,” p.42 LAPIDARY JOURNAL JEWELRY ARTIST’S DOER’S PROFILE, p.96 E. Douglas Wunder’s Medusa’s Machine Brooch Titanium, silver, hand-sawed sheet metal, sand-blasted and powdered coated “EARTH FROM ABOVE,” p.58 “SAY IT WITH JEWELRY,” p.70 Luana Coonen’s Coral Compass Rose Pendant Sterling silver, fine silver, 14K yellow gold, glass, polycarbonate, Hawaiian coral “SAY IT WITH JEWELRY,” p.70 Jeff Fulkerson’s Concho Belt Sterling silver, copper, turquoise, leather “LOOK THROUGH IT,” p.36 Become an LJJA Contributor! Contributors’ guidelines for print or online publication can be found at…

5 min
ever-evolving displays

“PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA how much time goes into thinking about the display,” says glass artist and metalsmith Debra Adelson. “It’s hard to come up with a display that reflects your work and is eye-catching enough to pull people in.” To do that effectively, the display has to reflect the artist’s brand while fitting into the show itself. It also has to be portable, break down and reassemble easily, and at some venues withstand a strong wind. Sometimes this requires more than one display — or, at least, variations on a theme. If you look closely, you’ll notice artists’ displays vary a bit from show to show. When we spoke at the highend juried Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in November, Debra stood behind Plexiglass jewelry cases. Behind her, colorful glass…

4 min
the business side

THE BUSINESS OF BUSINESS is usually the business creative people avoid like the plague. Unfortunately, if you’d like to earn a living or part of it from your art, taking care of your business is as important as creating the jewelry itself. You just have to bite the bullet and get it done. Just like there are tools to make making work easy, there are also tools and supplies for making business easy, too. Everybody who intends to sell their work needs to brand, inventory, tag, package, document, protect, polish, and store it. Here are a few little gems to help you get your business done and get yourself back to the fun stuff at your bench. Easy Inventory and Pricing Shark Skin jewelry tags are pressure sensitive labels that can be applied…

13 min
lessons learned

No One is born a jewelry artist. It takes time and commitment. It also takes education, whether formal or gained through trial and error. The style of an artist’s education usually affects their work philosophy. It also affects the way they teach, which may emulate their own learning method or drastically oppose it. Here we’ve profiled three well-known and established jewelry artists who have chosen to pass their skills on through teaching. Each method of teaching is as unique as the artist. Joe Silvera Co-owner, Silvera Jewelry School Berkeley, California How did you get interested in jewelry making? I started as a fine arts major in college. All art majors were required to take some electives outside their focus. My roommate had taken the beginning jewelry course and it looked interesting, so I signed up.…