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  • Wire Wrapping A Simple Sea Glass Pendant

    By Jean Forman of Lucky Sea GlassTM

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    Often you hear that one should “find one’s passion” and pursue it.  Well, about ten years ago, I found a new one – sea glass.  My book club had selected a rather unremarkable book entitled Sea Glass, and at our monthly discussion one of the members shared her personal collection of sea glass. Having never seen it before, I was entranced by the beauty, colors, origin, and mystery of the sea glass.  Soon after, I began beachcombing whenever I traveled, and now I have a vast collection ...

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  • A Lesson In Using Color Simultaneity Effects: The Contemporized Etruscan Collar

    By Warren Feld;

    Several years ago, I had been asked to do a week-long jewelry design workshop in Cortona, Italy.   The topic I selected was Contemporizing Traditional Etruscan Jewelry.   One of the projects I developed for the workshop was this Contemporized Etruscan Collar.  The challenge was to create a sophisticated, wearable, and attractive piece that exemplified concepts about contemporizing traditional jewelry. 
    I found this traditional Etruscan Collar that I immediately connected with, and upon which I based my contemporary design. 
    The Contemporized Etruscan Collar 

    The contemporized piece consists of two staggered and overlapping bead-woven strips.   ...

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  • Tucson Survival Guide. A beginners guide to the Tucson Gem and Mineral shows

    Tucson Survival Guide. A beginners guide to the Tucson Gem and Mineral shows by Tina Murphy 2 Cool Creations Jewelry

    It's party time for all of us Rock hounds, lapidary artists and jewelry designers and collectors!! Time for the Tucson Gem and mineral show!! Or rather Shows!!!

    It is very misleading to just call it a show when it really is an event if a lifetime!! You can explain it to someone until you are blue in the face and never will a person that has not experienced it for themselves understand the sheer magnitude of this show!! Thousands ...

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  • Introducing Patty Matrone-Squillante, An inaugural Cousin Creative Circle Ambassador

    I come from a very artistic family; this includes my mother, who used to faux-finish our bedroom furniture without ever having read a book or anything. My sister Eileen’s and my bedroom looked like a palace, with gold crowns over each bed and curtains going around the inside of them. Mom worked nights and my dad worked days so that we could have the life that she wanted us to have. In the 70’s this was unheard of; the mother always stayed home and the dad worked. But my mom did it all. I guess everyone in my family can ...

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  • Introducing Lisa Crone, An inaugural Cousin Creative Circle Ambassador

    A crafter at heart 

    I am a crafter at heart! I enjoy paper crafting of any kind, simple sewing, painting and anything that involves use of a glue gun!

    My first thought about making jewelry came after a trip to San Francisco, 20+ years ago. I bought pretty single strand hematite bracelet from a street vendor and after returning home thought I could probably learn how to make something like it myself.

    Once I found out there were books on the subject, I started checking them out from the library like crazy. It didn’t take long for my supply of ...

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Jewelry Techniques: Split Rings

In this video you'll see how easy it is to utilize split rings in your jewelry making!