February 2012 Blog Posts (21)

DYI Tool: Bail Drying Rack for Metal Clay

One of my other "hats" is being the video editor at Metal Clay Artist Magazine but I've been a little lackadaisical with producing videos for our online library, so,  I'm going to try for two birds with one stone. For my last process installment of the month, and a much over due MCAM video, I thought I would introduce another one of my favorite homemade metal clay tools, a bail drying rack.…


Added by Wanaree Tanner on February 28, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Bombs Away

After the pleasing and welcome enthusiasm for the unfinished bombs, here are the finished ones!


Bomb Pendants 1


H-Bomb Girls, Worn



Added by The Justified Sinner on February 27, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Pinterest Concerns or A red letter P will be pinned to their chest.

There is a ton of discussion going on about Pinterest.The opinions are mixed. While Pinterest is a delightfully engaging web site I am very upset by a number of issues surrounding Pinterest. Including but not limited to:

  • The fine print under Terms of Use regarding copyright and permission to post images;
  • The apparent disregard by pinners for including the artist's name, complete description, photo credit and most important link to the original…

Added by Harriete E Berman on February 27, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Quick Tips to Pin Like a Pro on Pinterest

The great realization is that Pinterest is a natural website for artists and makers since it is image based.  A real delight.  Makers can post images of anything and everything we love.  It could be like a sketchbook of inspiration.

Follow Me on Pinterest

Yesterday was a day invested in learning about Pinterest. It started with…


Added by Harriete E Berman on February 24, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments


I had to go to Ormskirk yesterday, a lovely little town in rural Lancashire, from where I was buying a new CAD/CAM mill second-hand. The workshop which housed the mill was tiny and appeared to only seat two setters. I particularly enjoyed one of the setter's benches:


Setter's Bench


Added by The Justified Sinner on February 21, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Where do the weeks go?

I have no idea what happens to my time. Another two-week hiatus since my last blog post, during which time I've been invited to help with writing the "definitive book on soldering for jewellers", found out that one of my pieces is featured on the cover of a new book on stone-setting, bought a new CAD/CAM mill, sold several of my show-pieces and continued to put together the collection for the show in Wales.



Added by The Justified Sinner on February 19, 2012 at 1:26pm — 4 Comments

Using Styrofoam To Texture Metal Clay (4PAM_7)

I usually sit down once or twice a year, draw up a bunch of designs, then make photopolymer or rubber texture plates. All in all it's a pretty laborious, time consuming process, and I end up trying to plan out a whole year's worth of work all at…


Added by Wanaree Tanner on February 18, 2012 at 7:31am — 1 Comment

Webinar class!

I am excited to tell you that for the first time in history, the Revere Academy is offering a webinar class! Students will be able to attend this special class on business success from anywhere in the world at a very reasonable introductory price. I am sure your readers will be interested in learning more about this unique opportunity. The class is coming up very soon, April 28-29, 2012. If this is too short of notice to announce this new opportunity in your publication, I hope you will be…


Added by Revere Academy on February 17, 2012 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

PMC Sterling Silver Metal Clay (4PAM_6)

Original silver metal clay, 99.9% pure fine silver, just doesn't have the density or strength to survive as fine piercing work in the context of everyday wear and tear...  at least not in my opinion. Last December Mitsubishi Materials released the much anticipated PMC Sterling Silver Clay, to the excitement of the metal clay community. I decided to put this new material to the test by creating a pretty traditional ring you most often see casted, the pierced knot work Claddagh. The main…


Added by Wanaree Tanner on February 15, 2012 at 10:55am — 3 Comments

Faux Authenticity

Van Cleef & Arpels’ ad on the back cover of the February 2012 issue of Art News is the latest in a sad legacy of the haute couture jewelry design world.  The ad displays an exquisitely crafted platinum and bejeweled “zipper” necklace.  It’s an impressive piece of work, advertised to coincide with the publication’s theme of “Where Fashion Meets Art”.




Added by 2Roses on February 12, 2012 at 2:52pm — 28 Comments

Dr Grace's Miracle Cure for Rising Sea Levels - Repeat Prescription

Rising Sea Levels?

Jewellery that uses it up!


As part of Getting Started at Goldsmiths' Hall (previous blog post, keep up keep up!) I was invited to exhibit two items in precious metal. I used this opportunity to make some new pieces for the Dr Grace's Miracle Cure for Rising Sea Levels Range, including a venture into the world of earrings. I think I'm chalking…


Added by Grace Page on February 11, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

So Much!

What a fiendishly busy few days! I've been working hard to make my work for the exhibition in Wales recently but between that, I've been getting quite a lot of odd commissions, largely for repeats of my older work - things like three-skull rings and wolf and bear rings. I've also been working with "humble doodler", Zook again (we worked previously on "Beneath the Skin". He asked me to make some 3d silver versions of his drawing: 



Added by The Justified Sinner on February 8, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Inspiration @ a look ahead

"Root" necklace, 2011 (Photo Steven Brian Samuels)

One of the pieces selected by…


Added by Thea Clark on February 8, 2012 at 8:41am — No Comments

Unboxing, reboxing, and then unboxing again, Bob Ebendorf (in color!...or colour!)

As my twin just so happens to take photos of art jewelry (www.artjewelryphotography.com) I twisted his arm.  He had already given me the photos but I thought one turn deserved another...






Added by Stevie B. on February 7, 2012 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

COMING SOON... Dr Grace's Miracle Cure for the Diamond Jubilee!

Very pleased to be able to reveal a few details about the Association for Contemporary Jewellery's Diamond Jubilee Exhibition which I will be taking part in soon. Exciting! My piece is titled (at the moment) Dr Grace's Miracle Cure for the Monarchy. And no I'm not telling you what it is... yet.



Added by Grace Page on February 6, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Unboxing Ebendorf

I received a package from Bob Ebendorf...…


Added by Stevie B. on February 5, 2012 at 3:22pm — 2 Comments

Make Your Own Metal Clay Turntable Tool

The Craftcast "I Love Tools"event coming up this Wednesday got me thinking about my other beloved metal clay tools, particularly of the homemade variety.

Hands down, my…


Added by Wanaree Tanner on February 5, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Vanilla Ink

Another week and this time punctuated by a visit to my favourite Scottish city, Dundee. It is hard to put a finger on exactly what I love about Dundee but one of the essential elements is a truly dynamic and exciting arts (and crafts) scene: there is always something new going on, often encouraged by the Duncan of Jordanstone Art School. I took the train through an icy night on Friday to visit one of the gallery spaces in the art…


Added by The Justified Sinner on February 5, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Style & Taste Feature in Cleveland Plain Dealer

Nothing better than making the front pages of your hometown’s major newspaper! It only took me 15 years, but here I am featured as the Style &  Taste  cover story for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 11, 2012! Wonderful article, Silver, gold, Lego: Precious links to the past are jeweler’s gems by John Petkovic – we had a long phone interview back last fall and it was definitely worth the wait. HUGE,…


Added by emiko oye on February 1, 2012 at 6:39pm — No Comments

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