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Bead Fest Texas

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I’ll be heading to Dallas on Wednesday to teach at Bead Fest Texas!

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Fun with a Copper Cuff

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We had a fun time at the Bouncing Bead last Saturday making a copper cuff bracelet. Even though copper is a little harder to work with than silver, you can still get stunning results. This cuff is a copper overlay band sweat soldered, with a lace agate cabochon set on a roller print base plate. All this is then soldered on a ¼” x ¼” tube and soldered onto the cuff to lift the stone off the cuff and give the impression of floating over the cuff. After final soldering and brass brushing to clean the copper, I plated the...

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Don't Fear the Flame

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“I want to learn how to solder but I’m SO afraid of the torch!” I hear this all the time. Many artists that create beautiful, beaded creations want to go to the next level and learn to solder so that they can add pendants to their pieces. What’s holding them back? Fear of fire! So, how do you take the leap from stringing beads together, to actually constructing metal jewelry? Take a class! I’ll be teaching classes this month both on learning how to join metal using cold connections and riveting, as well as teaching how to solder silver and...

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Baubles, Bangles and More Bangles

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I love to make bangles. There are a lot of reasons for that. Each one is an individual piece of art yet they all work so well together. Bangles seem to be timeless. How many to wear or the thickness of each one changes with the whims of the fashion community. However, they never really go out of style. We’ve posted a host of new bangles on the AJD site for you to choose from. Continue to add copper, silver, and/or be-jeweled bangles or whatever else meets your fancy and you will have an arsenal of accessories to choose from – the combinations...

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Trip to Loveland, Colorado

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Here I am, joining the 21st century. Apparently, I’m the only person in the United States that doesn’t blog, so here we go. Mostly, what I intend to talk about will be related to jewelry and jewelry making. To get the ball rolling, I’ll tell you about my recent (last week) trip to Loveland, CO to film a “How-To” video on making some bangle bracelets. In the video, I focused on three very simple to make bangles, and then two more that were a little more complicated. (You’ll have to wait until the video comes out to see them.) Everything...

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