First Look: Aluminum Stamping Blanks, Mandala multi-component stamps and the best stamping tip ever!

 I have to admit – I was deeply, deeply skeptical about the idea of aluminum blanks for stamping on with metal. Aluminum can look singularly unlovely – IMHO – and I figured it would scratch like crazy. However – apparently I was wrong. OK – first up – the hottest stamping tip of the century – and I discovered this rather serendipitously. I’m sure someone else has discovered it independently – but I found this out as a result of having an untidy workspace. So there, neat-freaks. The recommended surface for stamping metal is a steel block sitting on a …

How to: Copper Cuff

By Cindy Goldrick Since last week’s blog was a “How To” I decided to offer another one this week. I designed this cuff over four years ago and I still love it and wear it a lot. It has an Etruscan (or maybe Celtic?) feel to it, and looks like you plucked it from a horde on display at a museum.  Here’s how to make one of your own.  Start with a sheet of 30 gauge copper from which you will measure and cut a piece from it that measures 2.5″ high and a length suitable for your wrist. Mine …

Note to Self: Do Not Do …

Recently, i was playing with some new stuff – Artist’s Concrete, and I wanted to put it into a mold I had. But the mold did not have a flat bottom, and I knew that it would be tippy, and that I needed to find a way to stabilize it. Easy peasy – I’ll make a snake of polymer clay, make a ring of it, and push the mold onto it and that will hold it flat and steady while the concrete sets. No problem. And because I had another thing I was making with the concrete – a ring, …

Trend Watch: Tassels and Fringe

I am a sucker for tassels and fringe. I remember, as a young teenager in the early 70s, coveting a fringed suede vest in a “hippie” shop downtown. When I won a gift certificate for the store in a draw, I was sad that I couldn’t afford the vest. I bought a purple suede fringed reticule-type bag instead and two large lampwork beads to wear interchangeably on a leather thong and I was so happy. Tassels and fringe go in and out of fashion, and they can be found on everything, when in vogue, from accessories, home decor and clothes …

Crimping

Well – this week is the second of “Five Essential Things you need to know to Make Jewelry.” Rather than do it all with diagrams and iambic pentameter, (what was I thinking?) – I’ve made a little video for you. Let me tell you – writing verse is easier. Much easier. I have a whole new appreciation for how slick the video and film that we take for granted is. Anyway, in a nutshell – a crimp is a crushable bead that is designed to grab hold of wires and, after being crunched into place, hang onto the wires and …