Gettin' Jiggy with it again

By Cindy Goldrick I spent the weekend playing with my Now That’s a Jig! which was developed by the amazing Brenda Schweder. For those of you who don’t know, this wonderful tool allows you to easily wrangle wire into and around shaped pegs of all styles.    Here’s a picture of the NTaJ! set-up to create a neckwire. I use this configuration as the basis for a soldered bezel necklace I’m teaching this fall.  This weekend I was making my version of Brenda’s Kinetic Links necklace (see pic further down). I learned about this pattern on one of Brenda’s Facebook …

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 …