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Leann Burns
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Handmade Sterling Silver Gemstone Jewelry
Handmade Sterling Silver Gemstone Jewelry

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It's been awhile since I updated my blog! I'm not great at this but I'm going to keep working at it! I have been honing and practicing my silversmithing skills recently! Here is what I've made: Sterling Silver with New Lander Chalcosiderite stone (sister of...

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Crescent Moons
Crescent Moons. One of the oldest symbols of mankind that has been transformed and adopted to hold significance in many cultures. I have noticed this symbol becoming more predominant in fine jewelry and with Etsians in general. I know that it can be conside...

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Fossilized Gastropod with Crystal Druzy
Fossils are fascinating. Whether they are dinosaur bones, ammonites, or some other extinct creature, they fill our imaginations and connect us to an ancient world. A Gastropod is fancy talk for a snail, slug, or mollusk! In fact there are over 15,000 specie...

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Pave Diamond Craze
All the rage these days is the pave diamond set charm and components. I wasn't too sure about them, it seemed like a trend that might fade quickly. I recently went and looked at some components and started offering them in my bead shop at www.loveactuallybe...

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Featured Artist Leslie from Elbows Designs
Leslie Bowes of Elbows
Designs When Leslie from Elbows Designs
sits down at her worktable in Littleton, Colorado she fulfills a lifelong need
for creativity and self-expression. Early on she expressed herself with
mismatched socks and a wild sense of style....

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Organization
Organization is always one of the most challenging aspects of...well...life. But with jewelry and beads it is imperative to have a system that fosters creativity rather than hinders it. Nothing is worse then knowing what bead you need to finish a project an...

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Covellite - a new copper mineral that I recently learned about and am officially obsessed with! It is an iridescent midnight blue color with flashes of purple and green, it is truly amazing! First discovered at Mount Vesuvius by Nicola Covelli (according to...

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Sweat Soldering + Granulation = Hard
So yeah. I finally did the sweat soldering and granulation ring. It was hard!! The first round of soldering only 4 of the granulation balls actually made it. The rest of them were just falsely stuck on by the flux! After several trial and errors though this...

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Bezel Setting a Corner Tutorial
Here is the link to the best tutorial for bezel setting a corner. It shows a square cab, but I used this exact same technique on the corner edge of a teardrop shaped cabochon and it came out great (see post below this one). http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/i...

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Two Stone Ring
Well, it's no wonder, but setting two stones together is much more difficult than a single stone! I think I set them pretty well (the bezels are good) but the plate is a bit bland. Next time I will try to dress it up with texturing or a little something ext...
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