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Valentine’s Day Giveaway from JewelMint

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a new piece of jewelry. Thanks to our friends at Jewelmint we have six “Adornmint” Jewelry Boxes to give away. Just leave a comment here telling us what projects you’re excited to make (or receive!) for Valentine’s Day, and you’ll be entered to win.

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Add a Splash of Color to Your Winter with a Free Project from Polymer Clay Master Class

This month, we’re excited to share a project for the tessellated canes for Judy Belcher’s Twirling Necklace. In addition to creating a fun piece of jewelry, this project also exercises your brain! All you need is a pasta machine, a cutting blade, and some polymer clay, and you’re on your way to making cool bling without breaking the bank.

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Go for the Gold (or Silver or Bronze) with 3 Winning Projects

Although wire wrapping, silver soldering, and clay sculpting may not be Olympic events (yet), you can still show off your champion skills with these three jewelry projects featuring the signature palette of the games.

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DIY Chain and Rhinestone Bracelet from Jenni Radosevich of I Spy DIY Style

CrafterNewser Emily breaks down the process and pricing of the DIY Chain and Rhinestone Bracelet from Jenni Radosevich of I Spy DIY Style.

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Free Graffiti Bracelet Project from The Art of Resin Clay

For jewelry enthusiasts, resin clay is a dream come true. It’s easy to work with, cures without firing, and can mimic many different materials. Try it for yourself with this free project from The Art of Resin Clay by Sherri, Rachel, and Michelle Haab.

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Designer Spotlight: A Chat with Jennifer Chin of Hot Connections Jewelry

One glance at award-winning artist Jennifer Chin’s modern yet delicate jewelry designs, and it’s easy to see why her jewelry line is called Lush Metals. Luckily for jewelry makers, Jennifer now shares her techniques in Hot Connection Jewelry, a go-to reference for mastering the art of soldering, with 23 in-depth lessons and 15 projects straight from her workbench. We caught up with Jennifer just as she was returning from a busy show in Ann Arbor to talk about her first book, as well as how she manages to run a business and still carve out time for creative pursuits.

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Ask the Jewelry Experts: Material Obsessions

Making beautiful jewelry begins with using materials that speak to you. Three of our top jewelry authors, designers Nancy Alden, Scott David Plumlee, and Stephanie Wells, share the materials they find inspiring.

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Hot Connections Jewelry Slideshow

With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July behind us, we can rest assured that it’s all warm weather ahead (until Labor Day, that is). While we at CrafterNews are fans of our knitted, crocheted, and sewn garments, it’s time to embrace heat and show some skin. That, of course, leaves plenty of room for accessorizing!

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with Watermelon – Polymer Clay Watermelon, that is

You know it’s officially summer when giant green and red watermelons begin appearing at the market. There’s no greater thirst quencher on a sweltering summer day, and no better symbol of the season. So slice open a cool, juicy watermelon, check out our polymer clay watermelon, and have a fantastic Fourth of July weekend!

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Bubble Wrap Necklace from Jewelry Upcycled! by Sherri and Michelle Haab

Earth Day 2011 is just around the corner (April 22), and what better way to celebrate than with this clever necklace? Steven James designed this elegant, eco-conscious piece by fusing layers of bubble wrap. It just goes to show, you can look good and be good to the Earth (and, be honest, who doesn’t love bubble wrap?).

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