Holy Lamination! What a deal!

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Nov 232013

If you enjoy etching but have trouble with resists coming off  (and who hasn’t been there – right?)

Markers and paint pens and stickers – dissolving, peeling, and flaking – oh my!  It’s enough to bring a metalsmith to their knees !

Well, the wonderful Dana Evans gave some GREAT instructions in her article in Art Jewelry Magazine as well as on her blog. One thing Dana talks about is her use of a laminator to adhere PNP to her metal and just today Dana has shared that the laminator is on sale at Amazon! Its over 50% off – QUITE a steal! So don’t hesitate – head on over and pick one up ! ( I am!)

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Oct 252013






I’m crazy about texture and I use my hammer handpiece a LOT. But I’ve been a texture girl from WAY back, long prior to owning my hammer handpiece. There is a lot you can do by hand with various stamps, chasing tools, makeshift items you have at home, etc.

I did a quick video to show you one alternative using two simple tools (a hammer and a scribe!)

Enjoy !

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June Artists Synchroblog! Pinterest Project

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Jun 182013

The Artists Synchroblog is a group of bloggers who post every other month on the same topic, sharing our experience or perspective. On alternate months we undertake a Pinterest Project where we each take inspiration from a pinterest picture, create something (art, a meal, a DIY project, etc) and then post about it.
(full details here)

This month is the Pinterest Challenge where we decide to stop just pinning and start DOING! Please visit the bloggers below to see who did what based on their Pinterest musings this month.


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May 152013

THAT is the topic for today’s artists Synchroblog!

(A synchroblog is a synchronized blogging event. It’s a great way to have fun, learn, and increase your blog traffic.)

We’ve asked a number of artists to blog about a quote or verse or saying that has some meaning to them.

I’m really intrigued to read all of the blogs and bet you are as well so please see the full list of blogs below.


Go! Visit! Read! and Comment!


Please visit these blogs over the next day or two and see what words, quotes, verses, or sayings these artists have to share with us. 🙂



















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Apr 302013

As if the Synchroblog wasn’t enough, now we have another opportunity for you!



Every other month, beginning in May, we’re hosting a Design Challenge. There is no need to sign up, nothing to download, no requirement to take part every month. Just follow along and post your entry in the album for that particular month.

The goal is to have fun and stretch your skills! 🙂


NOTE: the challenge is to MAKE something based on the theme – not to upload a photo of previous work. Items submitted should be made FOR the challenge.


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Apr 262013

The Artists Synchroblog


You may be thinking – Huuuuuh? What’s a synchroblog?

(I thought that the first time I was invited to participate in one many years ago!)

A synchroblog is a synchronized blogging event. It’s a great way to have fun, learn, and increase your blog traffic.

Our Synchroblog will include bloggers from around the world working in various mediums. We will all blog about the same topic at the same time on a set schedule.

Here’s a little visual that might help. 🙂


YAY! Fun, right!?

But, wait – there’s a twist. (here is where things get REALLY fun)

Rather than have a straight topic format, we are going to switch it

up with some ‘Pinterest Projects’. We all love Pinterest and there is a LOT of pinning going on, but some of us aren’t parlaying that pinning into process or producing anything with those pins.

The time has come to take action! So every other month, rather than blogging on a topic, we will have a Pinterest Project Party where participants will actually USE a pin (of their choosing) for a project or a meal or a piece of art. SOMEthing. And then blog about it. AND pin it!

And we’ll all link up to each other which will be enormous fun to link-hop and read, but will also increase our exposure. In addition, one blogger’s post will be selected (at random) each month to be featured here on the Network website!

A taste of some general topic ideas that we’ll frame a blogpost/question around:
• Primary influences
• Show Booths and/or Product Packaging

• Branding, Mission/Value Statement, Artist Statement
• Process of creating (solitude, music, morning or night…)
• Paying it forward

We are encouraging artists from ALL mediums (not just jewelry) and non-artists alike to join in. What we share can inspire us ALL!

Several people have expressed interest and I am REALLY hoping that YOU will join in too!

More details: Go here.


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