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Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist November/December 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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1 min
robert lopez

DONE Taught metalsmithing workshops across the country at private studios, symposiums, retreats, and Idyllwild Arts Academy. Selected as featured artist for the 2020 Metal Clay Arts Symposium. Jewelry has been published in jewelry magazines. Lapidary work published in Agates: The Pat McMahan Collection. Work has been featured in the Rio Grande 75 Year Anniversary catalog. DOING Creating online videos teaching how I create my signature raw and organic designs FIRST PIECE Copper wire wrapped agate cabochon pendant. I still have it in my studio THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY A two-pound chunk of nearly optically clear smoky quartz with eight amazing starburst golden rutiles FAVORITE PART Releasing the materials from their bonds of being mundane and transforming them into something profound ON BENCH NOW Loads of video equipment and components to fabricate jewelry making tools HEROES Andy Cooperman, Kit Carson, Dalan Hargrave, Harold…

1 min
2020 basics

DIVISIONS Jewelry, Non-Bead Jewelry, Bead Gems Non-Jewelry Objects PRIZES Grand Prize: $1,000 plus one-year subscription to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist or Beadwork Division Prize: $250 plus one-year subscription to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist or Beadwork Honorable Mention Prize: One-year subscription to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist or Beadwork CRITERIA Originality, execution, visual appeal, and impact, and for jewelry, wearability ENTRIES Open to any designer/maker Designs must be original and executed Any single medium or combination of media Digital images only…

6 min
cultured bismuth crystal

IT ALL STARTED WITH A LITTLE YouTube video. Somewhere along the way I heard that you could grow bismuth crystals. Grow bismuth, really? What does that mean exactly? So I did a little Googling which of course led me to YouTube, and before I knew it, there was a package on my doorstep with what looked like a block of steel except it was the metal bismuth. Armed with my vast knowledge from YouTube (not really) and this one-pound block, I embarked on my experiment. The process of growing bismuth crystals was simple and required only an old steel pan, a table-top, an electric stove, and a pair of pliers. The results were not phenomenal, however. I did grow crystals but there were hardly enough pretty pieces to call the experiment…

4 min

Making Copper Wire Earrings Making Copper Wire Earrings, a new book for beginning wire jewelry artists, was released by Fox Chapel Publishing. This book, written by Lora S. Irish, includes more than 150 step-by-step projects. It begins with the basics — the tools you’ll need, different types and gauges of copper wire, and techniques for making loops, spirals, dangles, links, and other wire forms. It also includes the basics of wire wrapping. You can then use those basics to make any of the earrings shown in the book and use them as the inspiration for your own wire earring designs. Fox Chapel has also released another book, Learn to Make Amazing Resin & Epoxy Clay Jewelry. It’s another great resource for beginners who want to learn the basics of using resin and…

4 min
above & beyond

An Easier Way p66 WHAT IF YOU pierced the background of a bezel-set pendant instead of the design, and continued the design above the cabochon? That’s what I asked myself and this is what I came up with. This pendant also uses tubing as the bail, and since the pendant is complete on both sides, it is reversible. Let’s get started! PATTERN 1 Draw the patterns to size. MAKE THE BEZEL 2 Using waxed dental floss or a strip of paper, measure around the bottom of the cabochon. Use this to measure the bezel strip. Cut with scissors or shears. 3 Use dividers to mark the height needed for the bezel and cut. File the end lightly and check that the ends meet perfectly. 4 Flux the ends of the bezel strip, add snippets of hard solder,…

6 min
virtual holidays

ONE THING COVID-19 has forced us to do is get over ourselves, our fears of public speaking, and our problems with perfectionism. Many who swallowed hard and pointed their phone cameras at themselves during this shutdown are finding they’re making up for some loss of in-person selling. Like it or not, we’re all learning new skills — maybe some we can continue to apply. Laura Stanley, a jeweler based in Little Rock, Arkansas, held a trunk show on Zoom this spring. She sent out invites via email, Instagram and Facebook, calling the trunk show an “online pearl party” and letting customers know a portion of profits would go to a food bank. The Zoom party was held in two segments, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. She followed with a live Instagram…