Category Archives: Manufacturing Tips

Stretching Silk for Stringing

One of the issues confronted by all professional pearl and bead stringers is that most thread, including silk, stretches. Despite our best efforts and the best efforts of manufacturers, over time, the stretching results in gaps between beads and pearls, … Continue reading

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Pearl & Bead Stringing Critical Niche in Jewlery Making Industry

I made a brief video outlining my objections to a recent article in an influential trade publication that offered subpar advice to its readership. Pearl and bead stringing is a critical niche in the jewelry making trade, just as stone … Continue reading

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Substandard Advice from Influential Jewelry Making Journal

MSJA Journal is one of the major go-to journals for bench jewelers. A trade publication, MSJA consistently produces high quality articles on metal techniques and technologies, casting, design and bench work. The magazine also provides its readership with information on … Continue reading

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Trailer for Professional Pearl and Bead Stringing Book

Here is a brief video I uploaded to youtube this morning describing my new Kindle release “Professional Pearl and Bead Stringing.” If you’re interested in taking a look at the book, here is the Amazon Kindle link. Please enjoy.

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Professional Pearl & Bead Stringing Book Now Available

Today, I’m really pleased to announce the publication of “Professional Pearl and Bead Stringing” on Amazon’s Kindle. The illustrated Kindle book is drawn directly from the Professional Pearl and Bead Stringing DVDs, and present the three projects in the same … Continue reading

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Customer Question: Why Buy From You?

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from someone who inquired whether the DVDs taught her anything she didn’t already know or anything that wasn’t already freely available on youtube. The question is a good one, although obviously … Continue reading

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Storing Jewelry and One Big No-No

  One of the most frequent questions you will get from clients is how to store jewelry.  Here are some do’s and don’ts for metals and for beaded jewelry plus I’ve allowed myself to indulge in a short rant. One … Continue reading

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If you know how to work with wire, you can produce this 75 carat diamond necklace

To help stay current with industry news and trends I set up google alerts that dump information into a g-mail account. I find this is a fabulous way to see the latest news and keep up with sites I’m especially … Continue reading

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Using Wire In Making Jewelry

A few weeks ago, I released a new DVD demonstrating how to work with wire to make jewelry. I want to emphasize that I am in no way changing my focus. Knowing how to work with wire is, I believe, … Continue reading

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Gemology Giant on Pearl Stringers

As many of you know, G. Frederick Kunz was one of the most influential gemologists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Among his many achievements, he and his friend Charles Hugh Stevenson wrote “The Book of the Pearl, the History, … Continue reading

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