Rough Lapis

MJSA Trade Show 2011

I recently spent a few days at the annual Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) trade show.  I always enjoy going –  to see what new equipment is available, to gawk at the irresistible stones for sale and to learn at the great seminars they offer. Today we will look at a couple of […]

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Your Opinion Please!

Oh my goodness, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? There was the Valentine’s Day rush, which was great.  Guys are so cute when they are shopping for a little something special for their sweeties!  I’ve also been trying to reorganize my studio, which is a job and a half.  My soldering, metalsmithing and shipping stations are nice […]

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Jars of Enamel Powder

Vitreous Enamel

I have a new box of crayons! Okay, not so much crayons as enamel.  I’m talking about vitreous – that’s glass  enamel – not glossy enamel paint. Let me give you a quick tour through the world of enamel. Enamel powder is made from a special kind of colored glass, very finely crushed.  When working with […]

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Leaf A Message Leverback Earring with Turquoise Drop

Quick Camera Tip

I have a wonderful Canon EOS Rebel T1i.  I’ve had it over a year and love it.  But up until now, I never knew it had a Live View Remote Capture feature.  Simply put, this means that I can set my camera up on a tripod to photograph jewelry, connect it to my computer with […]

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Think Spring!

Yes, we are in the midst of another winter snow storm – but the Pantone Spring color palette has been released!  Click on this Preciosa/Pantone link to see the three trending color suites.  You can see the dominant colors in each color suite by clicking on each square. So what tickles your fancy for Spring […]

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Ducks in a Row

If you are starting a business, here is a handy link to the Small Business Administration site that will tell you know what governmental permits, licenses and registrations you need before opening shop.   Enter your zip code and business type and a page will be returned with what you need to do, along with links […]

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Patents & Trademarks & Copyrights Oh My!

I snuck out of the studio today to attend a seminar at my local SBDC, given by Gerry Bodner – a fellow former engineer and a patent attorney of many years standing. It was an eye-opening presentation, answering many questions I had about protecting intellectual property.  Briefly, there are three types of rights offered to […]

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It Finally Happened

Does anyone remember this post, where I had a computer problem and strongly recommended everyone have a back-up system in place?  Well, I’m REALLY glad I took my own advice!  I do regular back-ups of my hard drive and every so often do a back up to a second external drive.  Last week, I did […]

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Giving Thanks

Stores are decorated, Christmas carols and holiday songs are playing . . . and the race is on.  Write out the cards, buy the gifts, wrap the gifts, make the cookies, plan the meals, deck the halls – you get the idea. Thankfully, we have Thanksgiving.  What began as a day to celebrate the harvest […]

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Random Beauty

A little flip flop here.  My last post should have been “Random Fun & Beauty,” but was business-related instead.  So I owe you!  To atone, here are some photos of work by the glass artist, Dale Chihuly.  Fiori di Como is an installation in the ceiling of the Bellagio lobby, in Las Vegas.  It is […]

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