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Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist July/August 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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United States
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2 min.
i did this, but…

THERE’S A REASON WHY our projects often read more like stories than instructions, and it’s not simply a matter of style. It’s a matter of choice — your choice. Faceting and chain maille designs both depend on mathematically precise patterns, but jewelry making largely involves taking an idea and running with it. What you need for that are skills, experience, and inspiration to help you bring your vision into focus and reality. “You can build any type of jewelry using these skills,” says John Heusler in “A Lot of Character,” his bolo tie project on page 58. He was talking about pendant or earrings versus bolo right there, but the entire project is sprinkled with alternatives, suggestions, and explanations of why he did this in case you’re thinking about doing that instead. Super…

1 min.
design challenges

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

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 synthetic ruby, designed and cut by Jim Perkins. From “Lilly’s Trillion,” page 30. DEADLINES: AUGUST 31, 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

Jeff Fulkerson’s Earrings Dalmatian jasper, variscite, turquoise, coral, sterling silver → “KEEP IN SHAPE,” p.66 → “EXCELLENT SHAPES,” p.68 Peggy Haupt’s Pendant Chrysocolla cab, blue topaz faceted stones, sterling and fine silver sheet, wire, mesh → “CORAL AND FLORAL,” p.72 John F. Heusler’s Patti Pendant Variscite, coral, sterling silver, 18K gold → “LOTS OF CHARACTER,” p.58 Debra Hoffmaster’s Dimensional Pendant Sterling silver, sapphire → “HOMAGE TO COLLAGE,” p.86 April Bower’s Metal Mosaic Pendant Sterling silver, freshwater pearl → “PERSONALIZED POWER,” p.34 Betsy Lehndorff’s Necklace Etched sterling silver, Colorado diamonds → “AND THEREBY HANGS A TAIL,” p.24 → "BEST 10 OF THE DECADE," p.40 → “A JEWELRY TOOLMAKER’S TALE,” p.46 Bill Fretz’s Bottle Pure silver → “JUST FOLD IT OVER,” p.76 Become an LJJA Contributor! Contributors’ guidelines for print or online publication can be found at www.interweave.com/jewelry PHOTO: JOHN F. HEUSLER, G.G., F.G.A.…

5 min.
improve your google image

WHETHER YOU’RE SELLING YOUR jewelry online or just establishing your brand as a designer/maker, you’re striving — possibly struggling — to stand out in a crowded marketplace. As you’ve probably discovered, it’s not enough just to make the page or text search-friendly, the images themselves need to be search-optimized so whoever is looking for your jewelry can find it. If someone (like a potential customer) is shopping online for something like handmade jewelry, they probably start with an image search: plugging in the terms they’re looking for — a specific gemstone, a type of metal, maybe eco-friendly — so they can scroll through a gallery of images and begin to narrow it down. Your goal is to get your jewelry into that gallery. Platforms like Etsy or Shopify are set up to…

6 min.
fabrication focused

WHEN YOU MAKE JEWELRY, you’ll often need to come up with a crazy work-around to accomplish an unusual task or to achieve some operation you’ve never encountered before. Figuring out the solution to some esoteric fabrication conundrum generates at least half of the joy I get at my bench. I really, really love problem solving, but sometimes I just need to get it done, so having the perfect tool for the job at hand saves me time and effort. I’m always on the lookout for new tools that help me work better, stronger, safer, and faster, and these new beauties certainly fit my super-hero criteria. Get a Grip The GRS multi-purpose vise is a dream tool. No matter what job you have in mind, this precision steel beauty is easily adjusted on…