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Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist January - February 2019

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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2 Min.
orange crush

WHAT ARE TENTERHOOKS? I’m not sure, but I’ve been on them ever since learning that one of Pantone’s 2019 Spring/Summer Fashion Forecast Colors is a brilliant shade of orange. Will it make it to the very top as Color of the Year? I might be exaggerating. I do love intense oranges, and it would please me to see this year’s honor go to Fiesta Orange, but I’ll be drawn to it and its kissing cousins whether any of them is number one color kitten or not. What does jazz me is Pantone’s big, splashy celebration of color itself. Waking up every morning to an infinite and irrepressible spectrum adds zest to my entire day. As a medium for color, gemstones are without peer, and nothing rivals the Tucson “gem show” for opportunities…

1 Min.
design challenges

Your Design Riffs Designs based on projects and jewelry shown in previous issues of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Your Settings…

2 Min.

Re: “Graphic Grace,” September/October 2018 In Mark Lurie’s profile of Susan Mahlstedt, it was mentioned that “Mahlstedt stabilizes the finish by lacquering most of her work.” Would it be possible to learn which lacquer she is using (name, manufacturer) and any special tips? I am using silver oxidation to accent silver jewelry and would like to learn which lacquer would produce a good result to protect oxidation from wear. I tried Renaissance Wax recommended by some silversmith experts, but I learned that it wears off easily. Nina Lara Novikova Kirkland, Washington Susan Mahlstedt responds: The lacquer I use is Permalac. It can be found online. I brush it on, and for the most part, it’s self-leveling if applied properly. Please note this is not a “coat of steel.” I still tell my customers they need…

1 Min.
next time

Riff on the design of any of these or other pieces within this issue, using a design feature such as color, texture, form, value, line, space, repetition, balance, contrast, unity, or variety for your sketch. Please indicate which piece your entry is based on. Sketch a setting for this 6.5ct synthetic ruby, cut by Jim Perkins. From “With an Open Heart,” page 74. DEADLINES: FEBRUARY 28, 2019 Email digital scans at 300 DPI or send photocopies of no more than three sketches per challenge, indicating the design factor that is your starting point. Sketches will not be returned. WRITE TO US ANYTIME: What do you think about what you’ve seen and read in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist? SEND SKETCHES & LETTERS for possible print or online publication to: Karla.Rosenbusch@fwmedia.com. Please include your name, city, and…

1 Min.
their turn

Joe Jasinskas’s Pendant Brazilian agate, Argentium sterling silver Jim Perkins’s Jolly Green Giant 38mm 37.9ct prasiolite Bette Barnett’s Earrings Etched steel, 20K soft green gold Mary Van der Aa’s Hurricane Pendant Watermelon tourmaline slice Michael Anthony Cheatham’s Ring Hand-fabricated sterling silver, Kingman turquoise, lapis, red coral, red dinosaur bone Kylie Jones’s Chain Maille Pendant Sterling silver Noël Yovovich’s Married Metal Clay Ring Copper and silver metal clay, patina Become an LJJA Contributor! Contributors’ guidelines for print or online publication can be found at www.interweave.com/jewelry…

2 Min.
fast curve

3 Things She Loves • Speed • Flexibility • Repeatability NOT LONG AFTER RETIRING from a demanding corporate position, San Diego jewelry maker Bette Barnett came to jewelry when she took a beading class and loved the craft. Soldering and metalworking came next. But she discovered her real passion in 2013, when she took a class with the late Chris Nelson, who pioneered fusing gold to steel in the U.S. “I was smitten,” she says. “Steel is the most wonderful metal. It’s strong, lightweight, malleable. The combination of the rich color of gold and the black of the patinated steel — it’s just really beautiful.” She has spent the last five years experimenting with fusing not only gold to steel, but shakudo, shibuichi, and copper. While she still works with silver occasionally, nothing can “steel”…