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  • JOGS Show - Palm Beach, Calif. - Oct., 2021

      Oasis Collections ◊ REGISTER TO ATTEND JOGS Oasis Collections Show - Palm Springs, CA  is a newest destination of finished jewelry, loose gemstones, minerals, lapidary tools, ...
  • Whole Bead Show & Classes in New York - Oct. 2021

      HOME UPCOMING SHOWS DENVER 2021 (IN PERSON) NEW YORK FALL 2021 (IN PERSON) SANTA FE 2022 (IN PERSON) LAS VEGAS 2022 (IN PERSON) GREATER PHILADELPHIA 2022 (IN PERSON) OAKLAND 2022 (IN PERSON) SELLER LIST ABOUT US CONTACT US AVA MOTHERWELL COLLECTION CATALOG N...
  • From the Mailbox - Gillie Hoyt Byrom -

    Hello everyone feel free to check out my E-pubs on everything you need to know about Vitreous Enamel Painting.   https://enamelpainting.co.uk/buy-e-book/ https://enamelpainting.co.uk/buy-e-course/        
  • Florida Society of Goldsmiths - UPdate

      Jeanette Caines' June 12th demo on her setting and finishing tools was very good. To see close up videos on her products you can go to her website - https://www.jewelryartstoolsco.com/shop. Click on a product and there will be pictures and videos. She also has more ...
  • Saul Bell Awards 2021

    2021 Saul Bell Design Award Competition Cancelled Because of the impact of COVID-19 we were unable to come together in May 2020 to honor the finalists and winners. In light of this public health crisis, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Saul Bell Design...
  • Delia Dante Workshops

      First Thursday July 1 Join us for an evening celebrating local artists and our first OFFICIAL artist reception since our remodel! Read More ...
  • Virtual Workshops with Metalwerx

    https://www.metalwerx.com/virtual-courses
  • ZOOM - Chasing & Repoussé -with Fabrizio Acquafresco

    Chasing and Repoussé DemoA drawing of a bird will betransformed into a dimensional work of art Fabrizio Acquafresca was born in Florence, Tuscany. He is the 17th gen...
  • ELECTROFORMING - and Enameling - with Terry Henry

    I have been an avid follower and student of Terry Henry's classes - I took her first class before the Pandemic in Tucson during the Gem and Jewelry Show- If your looking to learn something new she has a wide variety of classes and I highly recommend her workshops - and you can ZOOM with your pjs ...
  • Merry Lee Rae - Watch Workshop

    Would you like to make a watch dial in my studio with me and go home with a completed watch? The first workshop sold out in 24 hours so we have added a second one August 5-9 in my studio- Santa Cruz, California. Reserve your spot here https://www.merry-leerae.com/workshop-deposits # @celeste.watc...
  • CANADA - Metalsmithing classes with Robyn Cornelius

       I have taken classes with this amazing instructor - and I look forward to her coming back to the USA soon! But you don't have to wait, because I see she  has downloadable classes -  don't miss out!       ...
  • Bringing Back Fred Ball - Judy Stone

    Hi Everyone,   Its great to see Instructor Judy Stone from California is now taking the out of print book, Experimental Techniques in Enameling by Fred Ball  into some workshops -  Over the years I have been taking his Chapters and posting in Groups -" Fred Ball" - so if you need mo...
  • Metalwerks on line Workshops

      MATERIAL CROSS POINTS     LAUREN MARKLEY   ANGELA BUBASH     SIMON COTTRELL   JOLENE CASTANON   VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS   ...
  • Silver - Always Giving Back!

    Another Great invention with Silver -                                                          The Forever Pen   Silver Composite Makes &...
  • Ricky Frank - Creative Cloisonne workshops

        Are you able to "Let Go" and step into your Creative River?     I...
  • Virtual Show - Gathering of the Guilds

        From Jean Shaffer Art -     THREE DAYS ONLY!"Gathering of the Guilds" Spring Virtual Show This Weekend I am a member of the Portland, OR Creative Metal Arts Guild, one of the organizations sponsoring the Gathering of the Guilds Spring Virtual Show, April 30 through ...
  • Florida Society of Goldsmiths

      Getting the Most Out of an Online Jewelry Class Having trouble showing your instructor what you are doing...then this class is for you.Brad Smith, Instructor  More and more instructors are offering online interactive jewelry classes. Brad will be teaching us how to get the most o...
  • Can Online Workshops Get Any Better -

          https://metalwerx.com/virtual-courses   Its not just about "Enameling" but the metal design that goes into it - sometimes I like to venture into sawing and soldering, banging and bending metal -   Here is a great collection of Metal and Enamel classe...
  • Update on Silver Industry

            Global Silver Demand Forecasted to Rise 11 Percent in 2021, Reaching 1.025 Billion Ounces The main segments of silver demand are expected to rise this year. Led by industrial and physical silver investment, global silver demand is anticipated to a...
  • Make Your Own Watch Workshop

      From the Mailbox, Merry Lee Rae  https://merryleerae.thinkific.com Opportunity awaits! What Celeste says about the watches:   The purpose of this kit is to enable you to create enamel watches that you can use to generate income, give as gifts or have for yourself. Enamel wat...
  • Delia Dante Workshops

      Learn to Enamel ONLINE CLASS SCHEDULING We are excited to unveil a new online scheduling program for our in-studio classes. You will be able to reserve your spot and pay for classes with the click of a button. Visit our website to start your registration today!   GALLERY ...
  • Florida Society of Goldsmiths Membership

    Thank you for being member of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. We are grateful for your support of FSG and hope you will consider renewing for 2021. You won't want to miss these upcoming events and benefits including: Demos, Lectures and presentations by renowned metalsmiths, offered virtu...
  • RIcky Frank

        Ricky's Annual Holiday Sale Wednesday, December 2 through January 1 Browse the sale now; the sale begins this Wednesday at 10 AM eastern time.     Make Your World Shine with Enamel Color   C...
  • Zooming with Anita Selinger - on line Classes in Cloisonné

    HEIRLOOM JEWELS: ENAMELED EARRINGS AND PENDANT   Online Jewelry/Metal Arts Workshop with Anita Selinger November 13–15, 2020 Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–3:30pm; daily break 12pm–1pm PSTStructure of Class: (3) 5-hour Zoom sessionsSU20J602 • All lev...
  • Zooming with Kieu Pham Gray

        Fall NEWSLETTER       CLASSES | EVENTS | PORTFOLIO | INFO         moving onward Tomorrow marks the 30th week of the “virtual” portion of my career. eeksI am gra...
  • Metalwerx - Virtual Classes

        Berlin Iron Jewelry   Today, we often see jewelry made from silver and gold but...
  • ONLINE Metalsmith Courses - with Vivi Magoo

    The Academy by Vivi Magoo   Our newest addition to Vivi Magoo, The Academy, will offer online classes in a variety of styles - Live, on-Demand, and a Hybrid of both. Taught by instructors you know and love, and, in typical Vivi Magoo style, some new and talented upco...
  • Delia Dante Workshops

    Delia and the team have been in full production mode working hard on creating unique mats made completely out of enameled pennies. These mats will be set outside in the new gallery patio space for everyone to admire and enjoy.  Classes Returning in October!As we all navigate t...
  • Classroom Workshops with Tom Elllis

    TOM ELLIS is going back into the Classroom at the W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation How Sweet it is!!     Fundamentals of EnamelingLearn to control results by discovering and understanding the fundamentals of enameling.  Become proficient by knowing procedure and material relatio...
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  • TUTORIAL PDF'S - by Marcelo Bessi

    EXPAND your MIND Folks to the Extreme with: MARCELO BESSI - Argentina       "Experimenter Extraordinaire" is now joining the flock of instructors kicking butt on the virus and teaching on line. I was lucky enough to study with him in Portugal last year and his knowledge in achie...
  • On Line Enameling Classes - Merry-Lee Rae

      Class Format I am very excited to be launching my online workshops!  Of course, I would rather you were here at my studio in beautiful Coastal California.  There is nothing that can replace the inspiring experience of an intimate classroom of passionate students....
  • On Line Enameling Course - with Barbara Minor

       Hi everyone! Can't believe it's been a month since I first contacted all of you.  Thank you for thinking about and responding to my ideas relative to teaching enameling online. I've decided to partner with a lovely arts/crafts program in Columbia, NC - Pocosin Arts S...
  • Zooming with Guilded Lynx

        I hope that everyone is doing well, or at least the best they can, during these very unusual and trying times. Guilded Lynx is closed and will be closed until it is deemed safe to resume classes. I don't think anyone has any idea when that might be.     ...
  • Online Courses with Katharine Wood

    FROM THE MAILBOX,   Hello all,   This is just a quick group mailing to inform you that I will be offering 2 three week intensives.   The first is all about etching, good for metalsmiths, jewelers, and enamelists. Both for beginners and advanced. Starts either Monday (April 20)...
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  • Tom Ellis Upcoming Workshops - Fundamentals in Enameling

    W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation Workshops Fundamentals of Enameling Learn to control results by discovering and understanding the fundamentals of enameling.Become proficient by knowing procedure and material relationships and their importance to each other.Predict what should happen and be able ...
  • Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show

    This is the week for the Gem Show and I have landed with Boots on the Ground in Arizona! Will let you all know "whats hot and whats not" when I return - In between I am squeezing in a few workshops, one of which I am very excited about is "Electroforming" -  Treasures of the Sea - I have a com...
  • WORKSHOP - Alisa Looney- Enamelist Society 2020 Workshops

    The Enamelist Society Spring 2020 Workshop Series:Express Yourself with Stunning Detail on Large Scale Enamel PanelsInstructor: Alisa Looney March 5-7, 2020Center for Enamel Art – KVO AnnexSet yourself free by combining granular spray, multiple layers of liquid enamel, sgraffito and painti...
  • Celebrate Delia Dante's New Gallery in Idaho

      You are Invited!Come Celebrate with us this Friday nightbefore construction starts!December 6th, 6-9 pmEnjoy free wine from Frenchman's Gulch WineryClassical Piano and Violin by "Celebration"View the Artwork of Local ArtistsAND10% off all classes, gift card purchases, jewelry an...
  • Boise,Idaho - Fire Fusion Studio Moving

                  We Are Moving!Our new space is located at 1322 W. Main St, Boise ID! Fire Fusion is expanding and needs more gallery and studio space! Delia Dante is excited for the opportunity that this new building...
  • Introducing a NEW Enamel Supplier: ENAMEL ART SUPPLY

    There is a new kid on the block!"Enamel Art Supply" Something new I was introduced to at the Enamelist Society Conference:     owner: Mack Rae Watrous - Pit BossMerry Lee Rae - Technical advisor   There is nothing better then "women in control"!!! Could you ask for anything m...
  • FACEBOOK/GOG Link

    Please note that on the right side of the Main page I have linked GOG Facebook page for your convenience. Don't know why it took my so long to think of that!!!
  • TIME OUT- Enamelist Society Conference

    Hi Everyone, Right now I am in Eugene, Oregon at the Enamelist Society conference, preparing all the amazing donations you have all sent in for the Live and Silent Auctions.  I have yet to unwrap them all, as I still don't have a room to do so, because the students still have summer class...
  • MORE WORKSHOPS - Texas

    FROM THE MAILBOX, - THE MAKERY   So many upcoming workshops with major "big hitter" instructors!!! https://www.makeryarts.com/workshops-and-events/
  • METALSMITHING - Enamels BEST FRIEND

     We all need to be FRIENDED and so does Enameling!   There are 2 kinds of Enamel Artists: Those who started out as Metalsmith students and later were introduced to enameling; and the Student who learned Enameling first then began their journey into th...
  • The KILLMASTER Effect

    Jun 29  From the Mailbox of Fire Fusion Studio     In the month of July we are honored to feature the work of master enamelist, painte...
  • DONATIONS- for the Enamelist Society Conference in 2019

    2019 Enamelist Society Conference Eugene, Oregon   Hi Goggers, I know that some of you are members of the Enamelist Society both overseas and here in the U.S. There are several hundred members. Both Rick McMullen and I are chairpersons of the Auctions which benefit the Society and all that...
  • IN MEMORIAM - Phil Barnes

    The Enameling community has lost one of its own - Phil Barnes - United Kingdom - An extraordinary Metalsmith, Enameler and ENGRAVER. (see his book listed on the right of the Main Page) I am linking Phil's web site, so that he can tell you the rest of his story..... http://www.philbarnes...
  • Portugal - Marcelo Bessi - ARGENTINA

      MARCELO BESSI - Argentina - Freak Enamel Workshop     I am flying off to Porto, Portugal tomorrow to dive into the "Bessi Effect" with Marcelo Bessi, from Argentina who will be teaching a workshop in "Freak Enamel" May 18,19,20, 2019 -   ...... a word from Marcelo "I sta...
  • SVETLANA TOTH - Hungary- Workshop

    FROM THE MAILbox....Olga Tonkava   Dear friends Enamellers, If you’ve already heard a lot about the enamelling residence in Kecskemet (Hungary) and always wanted to go but didn’t know when and how, here is a beautiful opportunity! Szvetlána Tóth will be giving the ...
  • Alisa Looney 2019 Workshops

    July 8-12, 2019   Go into depth with enamel on steel at our Bend, Oregon Studio.  Alisa is excited to offer this 5 day workshop to up to 5 participants who want to spend so quality time with this craft.  We will begin by studying many samples, and learning what is possible with each...
  • Call for Entry - MJSA - Enamelists welcome

    FROM THE MAILBOX, The MJSA Vision Awards celebrate outstanding talent in the field of jewelry design. The winning designers represent the future of the jewelry manufacturing industry, and the Vision Awards competition showcases their creativity and boosts their careers. Special distinction categori...
  • Donations to the Enamelist Society Auctions

      HI Everyone,   We hope you will be joining us this year at the 2019 Enamelist Society Conference in Eugene, Oregon from July 31 to August 7, 2019 at the University of Oregon School of Art and Design.   Once again, Rick and I will be back in action hosting The Enamelist Society ...
  • HOT NEW BOOK by Karen Cohen coming soon..

    FROM THE MAILBOX -   ———- Karen L. Cohen will have the second edition of her well received book, The Art of Fine Enameling, released on Nov 1, 2019. She’s been working hard for over a year to bring out this totally revamped enhanced edition. It includes contributions ...
  • Workshops - Fall 2019 - with FSG

    FSGmetal.org presents Modern Masters 2019 Wildacres Retreat, Little Switerland, N. Carolina. Oct. 21 – 27, 2019 www.FSGmetal.org We check into on Oct. 21st (a Monday) and after 5 days of classes, we leave after breakfast on the Sunday Oct. 27th.   $950 Early Bird Member P...
  • Workshops 2019 - Alisa Looney

    Exhibitions and New Workshop Offerings! Is this email not displaying correctly?View it in your browser. Fire Sculpture Unveiling This Weekend! Dancing with FireWade and Alisa's Newest Collaborationwill be ...
  • Plique-a-jour Workshop - Laura Ginsburg

    More workshops rolling in!!! Plique-a-jour - with Laura GinsburgMarch 23-24, 2019Wear Ever Jewelry Studio School1112 King StAlexandria, VARegister at www.weareverjewelry.com
  • OUT OF THIS WORLD Enamel Contest

    From the Mailbox, Hi! I invite you and all your students to take part at the enamel contest that I organized. It's free, it has educational prizes and also beginners are welcome! Here you can find all the info you need goo.gl/YR1W4GI hope you will enjoy this project! Rebecca Di Filippo   &n...
  • Amy Roper Lyons Workshops - 2019

    From the Mailbox,   Don't miss out on these spectacular workshops with Amy!!!       View this email in your browser   2019  Workshop Schedul...
  • INDIA - International Enamel Symposium - March 22-28,2019

    FROM KANA LOMROR, INDIA   Dear Enamel Artist Friends   We take this opportunity to invite you to take part in the International Enamel Symposium in New Delhi, India from March 22 - 28, 2019. The details of the Symposium are attached here.  The cost of the sym...
  • Charles Lewton Brain - Master Metalsmith teaches you everything

    Learning from a Master Metalsmith - Charles Lewton Brain   Brain Press - http://brainpress.com/Ganoksin.html?fbclid=IwAR2poRpE2iUzavvprL75s_hzGhxfUqGvRshTHD1SZune3s__ymFlnVyRpa0#Articles
  • New Book by Phil Barnes -

      HOT OFF THE PRESSES!! Phil Barnes NEW book!   - Engraving - Enameling - Champleve will be coming out on Feb. 18 on Amazon. So far only Kindle Edition.     https://www.amazon.com/Engraving-Enamelling-champleve-Phil-Barnes-ebook/dp/B07LGK6598/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=15...
  • North Carolina Workshops - Pocosin Arts School

      Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft    2019 Workshop Registration is Open!   https://bos.etapestry.com/prod/viewEmailAsPage.do?erRef=1071.0.225866272&databaseId=PocosinArts&mailingId=36534743&jobRef=1071.0.526180475&key=24646475ed957884ca39b0c1d9cc6b2&personaRef=1071.0....
  • 2019 Workshops- Guilded Lynx-Ridgefield, CT

    What a line up of great artists for the New Year!   Check out the link to Guilded Lynx:https://www.guildedlynx.com/live/
  • From the Mailbox - The Makery Workshops

    This just came into my mailbox - and I love the workshops "The Makery" is offering with many interesting jewelry artists - I am linking their site to the Tucson show - and also you can go to "The Makery" located in Bulvedere, Texas and peruse their fantastic offerings in metalsmithing, and enameling...
  • Alisa Looney 2019 Workshops

    FROM THE MAILBOX,   Alisa Looney's new workshop schedules-   Please note that the March 2018 workshops should read: March 2019-     https://mailchi.mp/c28e6b8d175f/cqhspc5403-2214965?e=f4f7852f6a
  • CALL FOR ENTRIES- Competitions

    From the Mailbox -  If you can't make this months deadlines - there are plenty moving forward.     OFFBEAT BIJOU: ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS, PROCESSES AND IDEAS IN JEWELRYPosted by: Florida CraftArt GalleryDeadline: Fri, November 30th, 2018 Florida CraftArt, al...
  • Alan Revere to receive the Benne Award

      FROM THE MAILBOX -    Alan Revere to receive AJDC Benne Award   The American Jewelry Design Council (ajdc.org) will present its highest award, the Benne Award, to Alan Revere during the Tucson Gem Fair on February 8, 2019.   Named for the Italian renaissance golds...
  • FROM THE MAILBOX - Bergama, Italy

    The NEW MUSEUM OF Enamel   An enamel museum has just opened up in Bergama, Italy - with a beautiful exhibition - the photos taken by our member, Magda Urbanová who was there for the opening.    To view them go to: https://www.facebook.com/grainsofglass/
  • SNAG - Call for Entries

    SNAG will celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year at the 2019 Chicago conference, The Loop: Coming Full Circle. The Exhibition in Motion (EiM) committee is seeking works that reflect this milestone. The EiM is a runway-type live exhibition event that takes place at the conference. H...
  • Alchemy 5 Conference - 2019

        FROM THE MAILBOX!   The Enamelist Society is pleased to announce Alchemy5, our biennial International Juried Exhibition and our Juried Student Exhibition! We are delighted to have Kathleen Browne, Jeannine Falino and Heejoo Kim serving as the jurors for Alchemy5. &n...
  • SCHOLARSHIPS - GIA

    GIA Offering $2 Million in Scholarships This Year! Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is making $2 million in educational scholarships available this year, it announced recently. The scholarships, funded by the GIA Endowment Fund and private donors, are available for both people starting o...
  • WORKSHOPS - Woodrow Wilson Enamel Foundation

      On the Trivet news Flash.....   There is no question, that your long awaited summer vacation transcends anything else waiting to get done on your "to do list" - including passing up some great enameling workshops ... well I have a surprise for you -   Look to...
  • Silver- It's NOT Always About Making Jewelry

      Antibacterial Silver is so common in Leisure Wear that Radiologists are Warning Patients About MRI Burns- Patients undergoing MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) are routinely asked to remove all metallic belongings from the scanning area as well as clothing items tha...
  • SCAMBUSTERS ALERT! Imposters

    Impostor Scams Now Costing Americans $328 Million a YearAmericans are losing more money to impostors than to any other fraud, according to a recently published report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).Scammers pretending to be a friend, relative, police, tax official, tech support, or any one ...
  • SCAMBUSTERS ALERT! ComboSquatting

    When you've got Scammers who you gonna call??? SCAMBUSTERS!!!       Combosquatting -- combining a real email address with just another single word to lure users to fake web pages -- is a roaring success for scammers.Millions of new domains using the trick have been set up and so...
  • CALL FOR photo Entries - New Enameling Book

    FROM THE MAILBOX - to ALL ENAMELIST SOCIETY MEMBERS - from Karen L. Cohen   Hi all - My original enameling book, The Art of Fine Enameling, was published over 15 years ago. I have a new publisher now and am in the midst of updating it with lots of new material, new projects and much more lear...
  • CALL FOR ENTRY - SUMMER & FALL

    It's coming on the long awaited summer time -  when we close down our kilns, throw on our sunglasses, grab the beach bag and hit the waves -  but for those of you who hate to feel the sand between your toes, there is a lot of "Call for Entries"  to keep you on dr...
  • Brno- HISTORY OF ENAMELS EXHIBITION

    Magdalena Urbanova sent me a link for all of you to be able to take a peak at the History of Enamel Exhibition in Brno, Czech Republic. I will also be putting up my own photos that I have taken at close up range but they will be in the Grains of Glass Facebook page, which is so much easier for ...
  • FROM THE MAIL BOX-CALL FOR ENTRIES

    If you have too much time on your hands, here is the solution!   Jean Marie DeSpiegler - Florida Society of Goldsmiths     FSG’s Tips & Tricks booklet - $10 donation for pdf, $20 for a softback version.  Contact FSGmetal@gmail.com...
  • LEAVING for Slovakia & Prague

    Hi Everyone, Just a quick heads up that I will be leaving for Slovakia and Prague on April 24th - First to visit with Rudolph Molnar  in Slovakia, and then we both head on to Prague - We are very excited to visit Brno with Magdalena Urbanova and see the  exhibition "History of E...
  • CALL FOR ENTRY - North East Enamel Guild

  • STONE & GEM sale - Connecticut

    From the Mailbox, Guilded Lynx - Ridgefield, Ct. Stone Sale and Workshop Line ups     Dikra Stone & Gem Sale  Thursday, April 12 10-4pm   *DATE CHANGE* Lessley's Directed Open Studio begins Thursday April 19th spot...
  • ALISA LOONEY - Exhibition/WORKSHOPS

    Exhibitions and New Workshop Offerings! Is this email not displaying correctly?View it in your browser. Celebrate International Sculpture Day 2018 at the new CAVE space in Vancouver! Exhibit opens this Friday, April 6th and runs through April 28th.Then come back for the IS Day ...
  • CALL FOR ENTRY -

    CALL FOR VISUAL ARTISTS AND PERFORMERSDeadline:  April 6The City of Clearwater will be hosting the 1st annual Bay 2 Beach Music & Arts Festival April 27-29 and is now accepting applications for Artists that would like to participate. The Festivals anticipate over 20,000 people during ...
  • CALL FOR ENTRY - International

    2018 - The 2nd Half: 50 and Over ShowVIEW MORE INFOAPPLY TO THIS CALLCall Type: ExhibitionsEligibility: InternationalCity: Laguna BeachState: CaliforniaFee: $35.00Entry Deadline: 5/5/18Days remaining to deadline: 45Las Laguna Gallery is holding an open call for wor...
  • CALL FOR ENTRY -

    THE POWER OF ART Juried Exhibition VIEW MORE INFOAPPLY TO THIS CALL Call Type: ExhibitionsEligibility: RegionalCity: MaynardState: MassachusettsFee: $15.00Entry Deadline: 5/1/18We invite artists to submit work for our third annual juried show: The Power of Art &...
  • CALL FOR ENTRY -

    Tiny But Mighty : A National Exhibition of Small 3D ArtworksVIEW MORE INFOAPPLY TO THIS CALLCall Type: ExhibitionsEligibility: NationalCity: NorfolkState: VirginiaFee: $35.00Entry Deadline: 4/8/18Tiny but Mighty is an exhibition of small three-dimensional works from acr...
  • CALL FOR ENTRY -

    “Make Your Mark” Summer National Juried Exhibition THEMEArtists use marks to create form, line, pattern and texture. Mark-making can be loose and spontaneous or intentionally controlled and structured. Marks can be descriptive, expressive, conceptual, photographic or s...
  • North East Enamel Guild Conference-May 19,2018

    From the Mailbox,   North East Enamel Guild has posted their conference dates, workshops and call for Entry - https://www.enamelguildnortheast.org/
  • The Art of Finishing - Florida Society of Goldsmiths

    FROM THE MAILBOX...   FSG West Coast Chapter  To:FSG West Coast Chapter Cc:Thomas Perry Bcc:grainsofglass@yahoo.com     Mar 21 at 8:37 AM       The finish on a piece of jewelry can make all the difference between breathtaking and so-so. ...
  • GEM & STONE Sale - State of Connecticut

    FROM THE MAILBOX -           GEM AND STONE SALES   Richard Cybulski Gem Sale  Thursday March 22 11-4pm    Dikra Stone Sale  Thursday, Ap...
  • 2018 Enamel Symposium - Stuttgart

    FROM THE MAILBOX -  Agnès Gall-Ortlik Mar 5 at 4:41 PM   ENAMEL 2018 - 7th Experts' meeting on enamel on metal The State Academy of Art and Design, Stuttgart 7th-8th of June 2018   Dear colleagues,   Founded in 2006 in C...
  • In India with Ritu Sangal

        Hi Everyone, In case you did not see the Grains of Glass Facebook page, I am in India visiting with Ritu Sangal. I have been here nearly 21/2 weeks - starting out in Delhi to attend the wedding of her daughter  Smitri - It was the most wonderful wedding. I spent a full day wi...
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  • North Carolina Summer Workshops

    It is time to register for Wildacres Summer Workshops 2018!!!   So...please visit www.wcfsg.com or www,wcfsg.org to download the application and mail it in. Join us June 16th -22nd 2018 in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.Class placement will be assigned by postmark and yo...
  • OPPORTUNITIES Galore!

    Catches and Findings (Jewelry Workshop)with Don Roberts 2-Day WorkshopSaturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15, 201810am-3pm each daySkill Level: Intermediate/Advanced  There are some cases where a custom-made clasp is needed to properly finish a necklace, pendant or bracelet...
  • ENAMELIST SOCIETY - Summer Workshops

      2018 Summer Workshop Series WW Carpenter Foundation - July 30-August 4, 2018 http://www.enamelistsociety.org/Activities/Workshops
  • Need a Production Job?

    From the Mailbox- Cullen Hackler,  Porcelainenamel.com We have had the following request from Elisabeth Rusca for anyone interested in doing production enameling for the Ed Jones Company – see the information below and contact Elisabeth directly if you are ...
  • Kat Cole Workshop -North Carolina Arts Council

    To   ​ Time to Register for  Pocosin Arts' Cabin Fever Reliver  Choose One of Four Inspiring Workshops! February 22- 25, 2018   LEARN TO ENAMEL ON STEEL With Kat Cole&n...
  • 2018 Silver Market

    2018 SILVER MARKET TRENDS Posted on 01 18, 2018 - Silver Institute (Washington D.C. – January 18, 2018) Of all the metals in the periodic table, silver enjoys one of the most versatile landscapes, with its uses found in a wide variety of applications. Silver’s unrivaled charact...
  • Closing Sale-Revere Academy - San Franciso

    Revere News - January 2018  Huge Closing Sale! January 26-28, Friday - Sunday 12 noon to 6 pm The Academy has ceased ...
  • FSG Workshop in Argentium Silver

    Florida Society of Goldsmiths Workshop - Argentium - fusing and Hollow forms - with Jenny Reeves       It was a COLD in week Florida sharing a workshop with my dear friend, the Master Blaster Torch Firing King , Chris Hierholzer - I joined him to re-learn granulation, and fusing...
  • 2018 - Saw & Solder Champlevé workshop with Kristin Anderson

    March 14-17, 2018 Looking to learn a different technique in Champlevé? This is a fabulous workshop with my mentor,  - Kristin Anderson - who is dong a "Visiting Artist" workshop at the illustrious James Carter Studio in North Carolina - check out the link for more information -  ...
  • 2018 Workshops with MerryLee Rae

    2018 Workshop Schedule: March 1-5, 2018 Small Scale Cloisonne- For Students New to Me. $600 + $90 Kit, 5 days 10am-5pm all materials included. 6 Openings March 9-13, 2018 Cloisonne Faces, an advanced classes for Repeat Students Only. - $600, 5 days 10am-5pm all materials ...
  • TUCSON Gem Show 2018 - Classes

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  • 2018 OPPORTUNITIES-Calling all Artists

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  • GOING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION-

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  • OPPORTUNITIES -OPPORTUNITES

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  • Student Exhibition-Enamelist Society Deadline-Nov. 30

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  • OPPORTUNITIES Galore!

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  • John Killmaster's NEW BOOK "ART & SOUL"

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  • FROM THE MAIL BOX - Webinar

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  • Rhodolite - The New Kid on the Block

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  • Black Patina on Metal

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  • Phoenix, AZ - "Inspire" Art Exhibition

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  • Dale Chihuly- The Master of Glass

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  • SEALING CRACKS IN GEMSTONES

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  • Enameling on Metal Clay Competition

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  • Exhibition - Jean Shaffer

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  • November Class - James Carter

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  • ON LINE CLASSES w/Anne Dinan

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  • Sad News! from Knew Concept Saws

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  • WORLD SILVER SURVEY - 2017

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  • Florida Society of Goldsmiths Oct. Workshops

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  • RUBY RUBY - How did you get so RED?

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  • Silver- It's NOT Always About Making Jewelry

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  • Czech Republic Exhibition - 20th Anniversary

    Vážení přátelé a umělci, dovoluji si Vás pozvat :   Velká událost - 20.let sdružení umělecký smalt Frydlant nad Ostravici - Česká republika 16.7.17-16.8.17 Všichni jsou zváni   Dear friends and artis...
  • From Scambusters - TRAVEL SCAMMERS

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  • From Scambusters - Facebook & Social Media warnings!!!

    Can You Trust Your Facebook Friends?<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>You get a message from someone you think you know who wants to become one of your Facebook Friends.Shou...
  • Make your Own Perfect Videos

    Barefoot Tools are Back! The Art and Innovations of Scott Bouwens - "The Steady Boom" I came across this very interesting Tool and Lamp worker in my emails and gave a looksie into the web site of another "great Mind" at work- I especially liked his new invention for making your own tutorials ...
  • From Scambusters - Google Docs SCAMS

      Google Docs Trick Another new source of stolen identities is a clever trick that uses the credibility of Google Docs, the online document creation tool, to convince victims it's genuine.Victims receive an email from someone they know -- in fact, it's an account that's been compromised and t...
  • From Scambusters- ebay ID's for Sale

        eBay IDs for Sale - For our second Snippet this week, we switch to the murky world of the dark web and identity theft.Specifically, eBay identities. A recent court case revealed that eBay account details, including sign-ons and passwords, are being offered for sale.Crooks then u...
  • Faberge Eggs now on DVD

      New film celebrates the genius of Peter Carl Fabergé The scope of the Russian jeweller’s output was dizzying and the creators of Fabergé: A Life of its Own have gained access to some of his finest creations.   http://www.thejewelleryeditor.com/...
  • JEWELERY COLLECTON ON EXHIBIT IN VIRGINIA

        ENJOY!     Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger   Thanks to the late Bunny Mellon and her husband, the largest collection of Jean Schlumberger jewellery in the world is now on show at the VMFA.     http://www.thejewelleryeditor.com/wh...
  • Sunshine Enamels

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  • Exhibition- Jewelry of India's Thar Desert

        ENDURING SPLENDOR: JEWELRY OF INDIA’S THAR DESERT     FEBRUARY 19, 2017–JUNE 18, 20   http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/exhibitions/enduring-splendor/   17         A new silver jewelry exhibition highligh...
  • Rare Star Rubies

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  • Enamelist Society Conference 2017

          From the Enamelist Society:   The prospectus for the 2017 conference is now available! Follow this link and you will find all of the information regarding the conference, workshops, meal plans, lodging, and anything else you might need to plan your trip.   R...
  • Business Boot Camp- Philadelphia, PA

      Don't miss this important learning event, perfect for visual artists and makers.    The Arts Business Institute will present a 2-day intensive business workshop on February 18-19, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Arch Street, Philadelphia,...
  • Bovano of Cheshire - Show Calendar

    Upcoming Bovano Festivals Calendar of Events Here's where you can view and purchase Bovano during the coming weeks! Sugarloaf Chantilly, Chantilly, VA January 27, 28, 29 2017 Dulles Expo Center Chantilly, VA Connecticut Flower Show February 23 - 26, 2017 Hartford Expo CenterHartford, CT American...
  • CYBER Security - How to protect yourself!

    SCAMMERS! TROLLERS! PHISHERS! - CYBER thiefs! they invade us everywhere - even on Grains of Glass Web site believe it or not ! New comers signing up wonder why they are not automatically signed in - its because the security wall waits for me to get to my computer to approve their profile - I have he...
  • Silver- In Medicine

      Silver in medicine – past, present and future -                                                  Silver has been associated with human medicine and health...
  • From Africa with LOVE- Diamonds

    The Rock Star that Got Stage Fright at Auction!           Touted as “the find of a lifetime”, the world’s largest uncut diamond to be discovered in more than a century failed to sell at Sotheby’s London auction on 29 June. Estimated to fetch...
  • Fine Spray Mist Bottle - A new find!

    This was an amazing discovery from my hair salon. My hairdresser misted my hair with this slim water filled bottle and the mist was extraordinarily fine and continued to mist several seconds after the button was released. I said, "this is what my enamelists need" and ran home to click on Amazon.com....
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  • Emerging Artists - Florida Society of Goldsmiths

    Artist Opportunities emails are just one of the benefits of membership! Below is a current example. Take Advantage of Fabulous BenefitsYou will receive a full year of spectacular benefits, including priority registration, a discount of 25% or more on classes and workshops. Our newsletters, as wel...
  • Wildfires hit Arrowmont Craft School

    Wildfires are blazing in the town of Gaitlinburg Tennessee - 1,000 evacuated - buildings and hotels on fire -   Most of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts survived the fire. Fire did destroy two buildings at the longtime crafts campus in downtown Gatlinburg.  
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  • The Silver Market Review - Reuters

    SI Interim Nov14 press release.indd     The silver market is expected to be in an annual physical deficit of 52.2 Moz in 2016, marking the fourth consecutive year in which the market has realized an annual physical shortfall. While such deficits do not necessarily influence pr...
  • ARGENTIUM SILVER - All you need to know.

      From Silver News...     Elizabeth Hunt is Operations Director at Allied Gold, Ltd. in London, owner of the patents and trademarks for Argentium Silver, and has worked in the jewelry and giftware trade for over 30 years. Her career has encompassed international product deve...
  • Last Call for Entry - Saul Bell

      This is an international competition - I urge all of you professionals to send in your work.             Last call to register for the 2017 Saul Bell Design Awards Jewelers: Don't miss out on this opportunity! Recognition for your car...
  • Harlan Butt - 40 yr. Retrospective- Dallas, Texas

  • Sydney - Enamel Artists

    Thank you Sydney Chapter!! Thank you Lyndan Blackman for bringing us all together!         I arrived in Sydney, Australia on Oct. 1, 2016 -  Our wonderful Sydney members came from near and far to meet me at the Sydney Harbor Hotel: Vanessa Levy-Messman, Rowena Lai, ...
  • INDIA - Enamel Workshops with Ritu Sangal

      Culture Chauraha is organising an exciting art workshop on "Enamel".    The participants will be learning how to: - Paint with enamels to make a finished painting on metal - Cut their own shapes in copper, file them and paint to make a jewellery set complete with a pair of ...
  • Enamelist Society - Call For Entry

      Click here to view on-line Forward to a Friend               EXHIBITION - CALL FOR ENTRIES   Online Registration The 16th Biennial  International Juried ...
  • Florida Society of Goldsmiths-Conference

    Conference:  Nov. 12 & 13, 2016 St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Sat. Nov. 12 8:30–4:00 Registration and Raffle ticket sales, cup sales.  Coffee & Water available at Restaurant. 9:00–4:00 Vendor Room – Room 202 10:00–11:00 Lecture 3rd Floor – Keynote by Cha...
  • NICHE AWARDS - Call For Entry

        Great news! Free entry this year! Final Weeks to Ente Entry Deadline: Extended to October 1st NICHE magazine is still accepting applications for the 2017 NICHE Awards, a prestigious juried competition recognizing excellence in fine craft design. Profess...
  • Volcano Arts - Book Hardware

      Another Idea for Setting your Enamels   Learn the art of  creating Medieval & Contemporary Book Hardware 2017 Classes http://www.volcanoarts.com/classes/smallprint.htm  
  • Metalwerx Fall Schedule

      Enamels and Metalsmithing need each other- Take some classes and have some fun!         https://metalwerx.com/class   Greetings!    If you joined us for any of our Master's classes this summer, you know first hand what an amazing time ...
  • Florida Society of Goldsmiths- Call for Entry

    There are only 28 entries for the jewelry show and three prizes.  The deadline is Sept. 10th!   The Storytelling part is from the adage "It's the story that sells"  Customers love to hear what you inspiration was, or what that unique stone is.   We want to hear why you m...
  • Ricky Frank Worshops - 2016/2017

      From the Mailbox,   http://www.rickyfrank.com/teaching-calender.html
  • Martha Banyas/Deborah Horrell - in Exhibition

     -------------------------------               THE Roether Review:  MARTHA BANYAS: Valley and Shadow: Another Life   If, in some dystopic future, we were forced to flee our current civilization to begin anew, Martha Banyas’ sc...
  • Silver- It's NOT Always About Making Jewelry

    Here is something I bet you didn't know!   Every time I read another article on Silver , its nanopartices and its use as a catalyst, I am astounded at the impact it has on science and technology. Its everywhere!!! We use this metal everyday in our jewelry designs never realizing it has an e...
  • ON FIRE STORES - Update

    What you should consider when developing or improving the profile of your store?   The "On Fire" stores are beginning to grow thanks to you and it is my hope that more enamellers will consider joining. Success grows when there is strength in numbers.    It is far better to be par...
  • Member Page - Changes

    HI Everyone, FYI - Your friends can now go to Grains of Glass web site and view your page without signing in as a member. They will not be able to look at anyone else's page unless they know their name and type it into the search box.  This allows privacy to other members.   I still am ...
  • FOLD FORMING class w/Charles Lewton Brain

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  • Video - on Knew Concept Saw

    If you are like me-there are many times you  grit your teeth trying to put a sawblade into a Knew Concept saw, even though Lee has made it so simple - I always forget - I happen to see this great video from Charisma/Popnicute.com a jewelry artist who is a Knew Concept saw owner and I loved he...
  • GLASS On Metal Magazine- update

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  • Applications for 2017 "Alchemy 4" - Enamelist Society

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  • Applications for Saul Bell Contest 2017

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  • Win a Free Trip for 2 - to Tahiti- contest From Revere Academy

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  • FROM THE MAIL BOX - 2017 Applications for Bead & Button Show

          Applications are now being accepted for Instructors to teach at the 2017 Bead & Button show. See below-   Apply now to teach at the 2017 Bead&Button Show which takes place June 4-11 in Milwaukee, WI. Proposals are now being accepted for classes in ...
  • NEW Tool - Titanium Trivets

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  • In Memoriam - Stell Shevis - age 101

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  • 3-D Printing Silver Nanoparticles is on the Horizon -

    3 D Printing in Mid-Air Allows Intricate Designs from Silver Ink  Oh, the Possibilities!       Using an ink composed of silver nanoparticles, researchers at Harvard University are producing intricate shapes suspended in the air without the need for any support or a...
  • FROM THE MAILBOX - Green Jewelry News - Christine Dhein

          Green Jewelry News Growing the Green Jewelry Movement July, 2014       Dear Trish,   This month I will be teaching several classes at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, sharing my passion and knowledge about eco-friendly and ethical jewelry ma...
  • On line Scamming

    This happened to me - Beware of Tech Support Scams On line - FROM CONSUMER REPORTS           The Federal Trade Commission and Florida attorney general have shut down a major computer tech scam that they said bilked computer users out of millions of dollars by ...
  • From the Mail Box- A chance to win $1,000

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  • From the Mail Box - Joy Funnell Metal Clay Class

    LA RUCHE DAVIS TEACHING STUDIO "The Beehive" Springfield, VA     Warm Greetings Metal Clayers!! We have a rare treat for you! The amazing, incomparable Joy Funnell will teaching here this fall! It will be her only American appearance this year so don't miss this opportunity! As s...
  • NOTEBOOK-pedia

    Hi Folks,   After 25 years of going to metalsmith/enameling workshops starting as a novice, I have written a multitude of notes that would rival the Library of Congress. Scratchings and scribblings put to paper as I frantically recorded the pearls of wisdom flying past me from every instructo...
  • Handmade Decal Making Class with Anne Dinan - Online

      STUDIO2B2 EXETER, NEW HAMPSHIRE ANNEDINAN.COM annemargaretdinan@gmail.com (978) 809-1868             Thanks for your interest in my online Handmade Decal Making class. I am very excited to share my knowledge and passion with you. I have had many r...
  • HELP! Bullseye Glass Co. being shut down

    Bullseye Glass Co. Dear Friends: It's been a crazy week. As you've probably heard, last Thursday Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an unprecedented Cease and Desist order against Bullseye. In addition to the materials we had already voluntarily agreed to suspend use of, the Governor's order tacked...
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  • Silver Powder Gives Luxury Watch Dials their High-End Finish

      From the Silver Institute..   Silver Powder Gives Luxury Watch Dials Their High-End Finish   For generations, luxury watchmakers relied on a treatment known as ‘graining’ to produce an aesthetically pleasing finish and also to protect the base metal dial from ru...
  • Workshops - Sandra McEwen

    Sandra McEwen is having some great workshops in May- check them out      http://www.sandramcewen.com/learn/
  • On Line Torch Firing Class-Debora Mauser

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  • Celebration of American Crafts - Open Call

        The Celebration of American Crafts is back! After a one-year hiatus, we cannot wait for you to see what we have planned for the 47th annual exhibit and sale. Stay tuned here for details and join our email list to stay in the loop >> OPEN CALL TO MAKERS New! We’re lookin...
  • Silver Jewelry Sales Surge - Are you feeling it?

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  • Amy Roper Lyons at the Smithsonian Crafts show

    Look who is exhibiting at the Smithsonian!!!           Widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American craft by 120 artists.     CONGRATULATIONS!!!   AMY ROPER LYONS April 21 - 24, 2016 Building Mu...
  • More On line Courses - Debra Mauser

      Polka Dot Enameling with Debora Mauser   April 20, 2016   8 PM, EDT 90 minutes    $44.95   Join renowned teacher, Ms. Debora Mauser, LIVE ONLINE, and learn the tips and tricks to create a unique articulated necklace using “immersion&...
  • Fold Forming with Charles Lewton Brain

          Rio Grande & Crafty On line courses now offers classes with Master Fold forming instructor Charles Lewton Brain - check out the link!     http://www.craftsy.com/class/professional-foldforming-techniques/10311?ext=20160326_RioGrande_10311&utm_source=Rio%20Grand...
  • California - New Visions in Enamel Symposium

        Subject: New Visions in Enamel   You’re invited to attend the "New Visions in Enamel" panel at LACMA on Saturday, April 2nd.  Tickets are free, but required.  PS.  If you are planning to attend the symposium, here's a link where you can reserve a seat. &n...
  • How India is Training the Next Generation of Jewelers

    How India is Training the next Generation of Jewelers.......by Logan Sachon     When I was in Mumbai recently for the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS), I had the good fortune to meet Premkumar Kothari, chairman of the Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). We spoke a...
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  • In The Loupe: Advertising Diamonds, Gemstones and Pearls

    If you advertise or sell jewelry, the claims you make about the products must be accurate. The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) Jewelry Guides offer specific information on how to describe jewelry products truthfully and non-deceptively and how to disclose material information to consumers. This b...
  • Gemstones, Diamonds, Pearls

    Before you buy gemstones, diamonds, or pearls, it’s a good idea to learn about them so you can recognize differences that might affect their value. For example, the value of gemstones can be affected by their size, whether the stones are natural or lab-created, and whether they have undergon...
  • Gold & Silver Manufacturing Terms

      Gold and silver jewelry have a vocabulary all their own. Some terms, like “solid gold” or “gold-plated,” might not mean what you think. Understanding the terms used to describe gold and silvery jewelry can help you avoid paying too much.   Gold Jewelry Karats ...
  • Slovakia - Open Art School Summer Symposium

    The Csemadok Branch Organization Nesvady and the Board of the Tűzvirág International Exhibition of Enamel Arts Nesvady   Organizes the   TŰZVIRÁG Open Art School Summer Symposium of Nesvady VII. year   26 May 2016 – 5 June 2016   and invites everyon...
  • INDIA - Sarah Perkins Workshop

    Please follow the link sent in from Ritu Sangal detailing the workshop given by Sarah Perkins.   https://culturechauraha.com/enamel-workshop-with-prof-sarah-perkins/
  • PARIS, France - Workshops with Kana Lomror

      Courses in enameling on copper with Kana Lomror    6 TO 10 June 2016 in Valleraugue for more details Please e mail on sortileges.enchantements@hotmail.fr   Cost (5 Days) = € 250 Including Material (lunch may be ordered at extra cost € 18)   € 560 per...
  • POLAND - 6th Experts Meeting on Enamel on Metal

    FROM THE MAILBOX: UPDATE: Dear all   We are now able to offer a 10% discount for all types of rooms at the following hotels in Warsaw (both very close to the museum):   http://www.hotelmetropol.com.pl/en/default.html http://www.poloniapalace.com/en/default.html     The ...
  • Bead & Button Show Conference & Worshops - June 3-13, 2016

      OVER 700 CLASSES   Bead and Button Show- Conference-Workshops June 3 - 13, 2016 Wisconsin Center Milwaukee, Wisconsin     Classes in: Enameling, metalsmithing, glass lampwork, leather, beading, chain maille, foldforming, photoshop, photography, Niobium painting, m...
  • Making an Enamel Watch by Leszek Kralka, Poland

    The Making of an Enameled Watch by Leszek Kralka - Poland     Tarcza "Rybki ". Diameter 36 mm. Silver 999.                          
  • MJSA Vision Awards - CAll for Entry

    MJSA VISION AWARDS         Announcing the MJSA Vision Awards Call for Entries     2015 1st Place Professional Design Excellence Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry. ...
  • Plique-a-jour Workshop w/Amy Roper Lyons

        I'm very much looking forward to teaching a plique a jour class this March at the Enamel Guild North East's upcoming conference in White Plains, NY! There are still some seats left so it's not too late to sign up. For more information and to register, go to enam...
  • ICOM-CC Glass & Ceramics Meeting

    Dear colleagues and friends,   The registration for our next meeting is open!    Please consult: corebarna.blogspot.com   And advertise as much as possible the event.   Hoping to welcome you in Warsaw this coming May!   Agnès and Cátia ...
  • SNAG CONFERENCE- May 18th - 21-2016

      REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY!!!! We are so thrilled to celebrate our first ever, SNAGneXt:  An Interchange and Exchange on the Many Facets of Making a Living in the Field with YOU!   SNAG is looking forward to leaning into the conversations surrounding entrepreneurship, how ...
  • On Fire - Product selling rules

      Hi Everyone, Gabor brought up a very good question about selling products through the "On Fire" store with the 2.5% commission charged and whether that same commission applies to a sale if the Artist sells to a buyer from their private studio.  I say "NO" -  if you can make a sal...
  • MORE COMPETITIONS - 2016

    BeadDreams   Each year, the Bead&Button Show sponsors BeadDreams, a juried competition of exceptional bead artistry from around the world.    Ribbons are currently awarded in ten categories. The accepted pieces are displayed in our gallery area at the Bead&Button Show....
  • ON FIRE - Open a Store

    The DOORS are open - and I would like to introduce the new                               " GRAINS OF GLASS"          SHOPPING STORES   Please look to your right for the "OPEN A STO...
  • MISTAKES MADE on ONLINE STORES

     From Carolyn Graham Edlund, Art Business Institute   CE: In the consulting work I do with artists, I see a number of mistakes being made over and over again. One of the important basics when designing jewelry is to put together a line which is really cohesive, with a signature...
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  • On line Seminars - Craft Online University

        Add this to your webinar calendar   -https://www.craftonlineuniversity.com                        January 18th - February 14, 2016 -  Join Wendy Rosen and Carolyn Graham Edlund for  How To Launch A Success...
  • FLORIDA SOCIETY OF GOLDSMITHS

    Doors are open for Membership Registration to all metalsmiths, enamel artists, and jewelry artists- http://www.fsgmetal.org/join-today.html
  • REVERE ACADEMY - Alice Abrams Contest

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  • REVERE ACADEMY Student Scholarship

    Revere Academy: NEW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP   Here is an opportunity for those who have never attended the Revere Academy to take a free class. Open to all, the winner receives a scholarship for travel, lodging, tuition and   fees for a 3-day class during the Open Se...
  • WIN $450- The Lost Footprint Exhibition

    DEADLINE: SUNDAY, Feb. 28, 2016 -    Location: Florida     LOST FOOTPRINT Artwork submitted for review will use or depict things in our lives that are becoming obsolete.Things we used to consider social mainstays are now becoming obsolete. The "Lost Footprint" exhibit ...
  • WIN $1,000 - Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

    DEADLINE: Tue, March 15, 2016  LOCATION: NY WIDE OPEN 7 Announcing the 7th annual national juried art show at BWAC, Wide Open 7, and its prestigious juror Beth Saunders, Curatorial Assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. $3000 in cash prizes will be awarded including $1000 Best in...
  • WIN $500 - GALLERY UNDERGROUND

      DEADLINE: Tue, March 15, 2016  LOCATION: VA CALL TO ARTISTS: ROAD TRIP Gallery Underground (DC metro area) announces Road Trip, national juried art competition. All-media artists, sculptors, and photographers are invited to create visual works that portray the subject of a road t...
  • WIN $250 - ENTER "CHAOS"

    DEADLINE: Sun, February 21, 2016   CHAOS Seeking works that depict chaos or cause chaos in the viewer. How does one handle a vortex of senses, impressions and memories and capture the experience in the form of art? Is chaos something you fear, create, or control? Juror Annette Schutz, ...
  • ARTFIDO SHOWCASE ENTRY

    DEADLINE: Sun, February 28, 2016   ARTFIDO'S NORTH AMERICAN ARTIST SHOWCASE In partnership with Professional Artist, artFido is giving North American artists an opportunity to share their art with millions! Each week during the course of its Showcase, artFido will feature one artist a...
  • ART JEWELRY MAGAZINE FOLDS!

  • Workshop INDIA- Kana Lomror

      VITREOUS ENAMEL WORKSHOP at KAMALNAYAN BAJAJ ART GALLERY, MUMBAI     Date       : 26 December 2015,  Saturday Timings : 11 AM to 4 PM Fee         : Rs. 2500 per participant Seats   &...
  • Florida Society of Goldsmiths- Changing name

    FROM THE MAILBOX:     Hello FSG Members past and present!   FSG has a new website name that better reflects that we are an art guild open to all artist working in all metals:   www.FSGmetal.org.  The decision in the past to keep the website name short and easy to r...
  • New Enamel Book

    FROM THE MAILBOX Dear Colleagues and friends,   Please find enclosed the advertising of Isabelle Biron's latest book - EMAUX SUR METAL -  Scientist in charge of glass and enamels studies at the C2RMF Isabelle is a member of our group since its creation and this book is the result of yea...
  • What will Technology think of next?

    What will technology think of next? It is moving faster than we can peddle to keep up and I am exhausted already! I came across this article by Emili Veislind, Senior Editor of JCK, and thought I would share -   "This App Pays People When their "LIKED" items sell on Social Media"   &n...
  • PRODUCT CATEGORIES

     Category & PRODUCTS TO BE LISTED for the GOG Store:  Enamel Jewelry: Necklaces, Pendants, Earrings, Rings, Bracelets, Cuff Links, Pins/Brooches   WALL ART   SCULPTURES   WATCHES --- Men - Women   CLOCKS   MISCELLANEOUS -- Wine Holders --Business Car...
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  • Credit Card Links

    I just received a new credit card in the mail, and information on a new chip that was installed - I thought "cool" the banking system is keeping up with the fraudsters - but now that I have read Cathleen McCarthy's article which I posted on the changing trend in credit cards with Chips and how it wi...
  • NEWS FLASH-PHONE CHIP READERS

      News Flash! Phone Chip Readers Are Here--And So Is Liability When You Sell Handmade Jewelry   by Cathleen McCarthy, Contributor to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine   If you accept credit card payments when selling handmade jewelry, you may have heard the term "liability...
  • ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!

    ANNOUNCEMENT!!   Grains of Glass Open Studio WILL BE opening its own Enamel Artist Shopping site for those artists who have reached a professional level. This is in no way a competition with Amazon or Etsy, but another venue in which to distinguish Enamel Art from the marketplace of a multi...
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  • AMAZON'S CONTRACT OWNS YOU!

    WHO is WORKING FOR WHO???   AMAZON'S "HANDMADE" CONTRACT STATES:   License: You grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use, reproduce, perform, display, distribute, adapt, modify, re-format, create derivative works of, a...
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  • New Miniature Painting Book

      Vitreous enamel painting has been neglected over the years. Now for the first time there is a book on the subject. Gillie Hoyte Byrom who has over 35 years experience, has written her treatise - "The Practice of Painting in Enamel." She fully describes all the methods she was taught when s...
  • WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW about ELECTRUM

      Thanks to Rudolph Molnar emailing me about the use of Electrum in his studio, I went on a further search to learn about a Metal Alloy I had never heard about in all my years of metalsmithing. Just goes to show, "I don't know EVERYTHING!!   ELECTRUM THIS ALLOY OF GOLD IS NATURALLY FOU...
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  • AMAZON FEE Schedule

    Handmade at Amazon Fee Schedule Registering for Handmade at Amazon comes with a free Professional selling plan. If you currently have, or previously had, a Professional selling plan, you may still be eligible for the free Professional selling plan if you are a Professional seller who sells primaril...
  • AMAZON HANDMADE - Process

    Amazon Handmade Reveals Fees, Opens Application Process By Ina Steiner EcommerceBytes.com June 26, 2015   inShare    A month after emailing sellers inviting them to sign up to learn more about a new store for handmade g...
  • More on AMAZON challenging Etsy

      I recently posted a link to an article announcing that Amazon was challenging Etsy by creating their own Homemade marketplace. Since then, information has been coming in from members and I think its important before anyone jumps the gun to read the fine print. Rudolph Molnar has applied an...
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  • BUSINESS TIPS - Update

    From Fire Mountain Gems     Measuring Your Company's Success on Various Social Networking Websites           As an entrepreneur, you'll want to try various mediums in order to get the word out about your jewelry-making supplies or finished designs. Thi...
  • More Tips on Navigating the Site

    THE GALLERY PHOTOS - and the small black box in the middle- The box in the middle of the photo will only show up when you move your mouse into the photo - This box allows you to slow the the photo down or stop it for a close up - you can also move your mouse to any of the mini photos on the bottom ...
  • Chile: 2016 EXHIBITION Entry-

      IV INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL EXHIBITION - CHILE   Ref:Request letter of commitment       Dear Enamellers:     We are pleased to greet you and announce that The Center Enamellers "Artes de Fuego" Viña del Mar, CEAVI, is organizing the IV International...
  • Notes from the Road - SLOVAKIA

    This week I flew out to Slovakia to meet our member, Rudolph Molnar and his family - I am staying in the old town in Bratislava - with  narrrow streets lined with pastel buildings decorated with ornate faćades - restaurants and pubs, and open walking for tourists -  My first day, we attend...
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  • MORE TIPS on NAVIGATING THE SITE

    I just learned from Garfield that if members post on the Bulletin Board  - their name or the "Topic" is in BOLD - if the post is in answer to a discussion and says "Topic" highlighted, just click on "Topic" and you go straight to the General Discussions where everyone has posted comments. ...
  • POLAND - 6th Experts Meeting on Enamel on Metal

    FROM THE MAILBOX: An email from Agnès Gall-Ortik - International Committe for Conservation     Dear colleagues and friends,   Good news: we will see each others next year in Poland!    The National Museum in Warsaw has invited us to held our next Exper...
  • 100th Birthday- Woodrow Carpenter

    ANNOUNCING THE 100TH Birthday Celebration Honoring Mr. Woodrow W. Carpenter   This anticipated celebration will take place Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at the W. W. Carpenter Foundation Museum located at: 645 Colfax Ave., Bellevue, Kentucky  41073   An honorary lunche...
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  • Silver becomes Wearable Clothing

    Silver Weaves Its Way Into A New World Of Wearable Technology .entry-meta Woven Into Biometric Athletic Shirts, Silver Fibers Help Measure Real Time Vital Statistics   (Washington, D.C. – September 10, 2014) – Silver is playing an important, if not critical role in the growing...
  • WHO IS LOOKING AT YOUR WORK?

    Proof that the web site is being viewed by more than just other artists! CHARLES WINKEL received the following email from an organization in Louisiana: To: Charles Winkel I'm the coordinator of the Artist of the Month at St. Alphonsus. A committee member saw your art and was very impres...
  • Why DON'T THOSE EMAIL LINKS WORK?

    I know, you receive an email from the site telling you someone has commented, and to "click on the Link" below to view the comment, and when you do "NOTHING HAPPENS!!!" I feel your pain! I hear your curses! and if you are like me, there is a lot of head banging going on!   You can thank Yahoo...
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  • Trouble Accessing the Web site?

    PASSWORDS!!! a thorn in all our sides!   If you find that the site is rejecting you as a member, and saying you do not have an account, it usually means you have put in the wrong "password"-  Send me an email to "grainsofglass@yahoo.com" and I will then go into your account - give you a...
  • HOW TO USE "ASK THE EXPERTS"

    While we are waiting for Garfield to set up a "Ask the Geek" blog for you to get answers to finding your way through this maze of social engine highways and by ways to communicate - I will answer this question that poppped up: When opening up "Ask the Experts" and viewing the discussions, how do I ...
  • Who was Saul Bell? by Rio Grande

        The 2016 Saul Bell Award applications are now be accepted by Rio Grande.  As you all know we have had two of our members take first and second prize in this years awards. Up until now, I knew little about who Saul Bell and I am sure there are many who can say the same. Rio ...
  • Why We Changed to a New Site

    A few members have voiced concern that the new site is not as workable as the old. Back in the beginning of the year, I announced that we would be moving to a new site and all the reasons why.  The NING network provider had been taken over twice -by bigger companies - chaos, programmers leaving...
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  • HOW TO: Join Discussions

    As we grow into the site, I will be posting helpful tips on using the site. Today's Helpful tip is: The Forum & General Discussions If you would like to join into a discussion or add to an already ongoing discussion just click on "Forum" The Forum page will open up to an archive of present and pa...
  • An Extraordinary Artist - Poland's Josef Ostoja-Kotkowski

                                                 LOOKING BACK at an EXTRAORDINARY ARTIST!         From Poland to Australia           &nbs...
  • PINK SILVER- New Kid on the Block

    How I discovered Pink Silver! After working for days etching, sawing, sanding and preparing copper pins for the Enamelist Society pin swap I thew up my hands in exasperation. There was no way I could make enough quantity in time with all that work to be done. That's when the light bulb in my brain ...
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  • John Killmaster circa 1977

      A "KILLER" Killmaster on the Streets of Portland, Oregon!          Circa, 1977 Porcelain on Steel   Owner:  City of Portland (http://racc.org)   Date:  1977   Placement:  sidewalks   Collection: &nb...
  • New Ricky Frank Website

    Ricky Frank has a new web site: New Ricky Frank Website
  • How To Sell Jewelry On Line e-book by Cathleen McCarthy

    Start growing your jewelry business with help from Cathleen McCarthy!       Download Now How to Sell Jewelry Online By Cathleen McCarthy Join Cathleen McCarthy for How to Sell Jewelry Online, a new article collection eBook that compiles all 17 of Cathleen's "Net Profits columns fro...
  • Ricky Frank's New Line

          
  • ETSY - HOW ETSY ALIENATED ITS CRAFTERS AND LOST ITS SOUL

    GRACE DOBUSH 02.19.15 1:00 PM wired.com   ABOUT Grace Dobush is a freelance journalist in Cincinnati, where she writes about design, tech, politics and culture. She also organizes an indie craft show and wrote the Crafty Superstar craft business guides. Follow her @gracedobushtogo.   HOW ETSY ALI...
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  • Workshops - Kentucky - W.W Carpenter Enamel Foundation Workshops - Spring Calendar

    SPRING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER - The Enamel Foundation Center in Bellevue, Kentucky has a string of fantastic workshops to stimulate your creativity.      Enamel Workshops Welcome to The W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation Workshops http://www.glass-on-metal.com/workshops/ The Enamel Foundati...
  • Cloisonné Project PDF - Jennifer Jordan Park/Cindi Kuchler

    Want the full project? Jennifer Jordan Park and Cyndi Kuchler’s article, “Keep Your Colors in Line,” was featured in our January 2008 issue. Get the issue | Get the project PDF
  • Tricks of the Trade - from Metalwork

    A GIFT FROM "METALWERX" TO ALL OF YOU! "Tricks of the Trade" A compilation of Metalworking advice from their Experts! http://www.metalwerx.com/pdf/2014MetalwerxTricksOfTheTrade.pdf?utm_source=2014+Holiday+Wishes+Special+Bulletin&utm_campaign=2014+Holiday+Bulletin&utm_medium=email
  • GEMSTONES: BEAUTY IN THE EYE OF A RIO GEMOLOGIST

    October 28, 2014GEMSTONES: BEAUTY IN THE EYE OF A RIO GEMOLOGIST Written by Chris Hoffman Posted in News & Events, Tools & Techniques Beautiful royal purple AAA-Grade faceted amethyst available at Rio Grande. Gemstones are gorgeous. And, as a gemologist, I can tell you they’re even mo...
  • COPPER CUPS for Sale- spun by Liz Nechamkin

    Liz Nechamkin has just notified me that her hand spun copper cups are now up on her site and can be ordered in different shapes-  http://www.nechamkin.com/store-vessels.htm
  • Argentium Silver: Inventor Peter Johns - join his Podcast

    Argentium Silver: Hear the Story Direct from Inventor Peter Johns Jun 9, 2014   Argentium is popular for its working characteristics as well as its brilliant white color and resistance to tarnish. If you're a lover of the amazing properties of Argentium® Silver or if you've heard anything about Arg...
  • KNOW YOUR TARGET MARKET - Silver and the 20-40 female groups

    As we continue to discuss "How to break into the Jewelry business?" the key question you need to ask yourself  is "Who is going to be YOUR Target audience?" That means doing your homework like the Retail industry- 73% of the  silver jewelry retailers reported increased sales last year, according t...
  • PRICING vs TIME vs PRODUCTION

    Lets hear what you think about Production pricing vs Time and Value.
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  • THE MANY USES FOR SILVER

    Industry’s Growing Appetite for Silver Focus of Silver Industrial Conference (Washington, D.C. – November 20, 2013) -The growing industrial demand for silver and its multiple uses throughout the world was highlighted at the 2013 Silver Industrial Conference, recently held in Washington, D.C. The wel...
  • Consumer ALERT- Know the facts about undisclosed SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS

    I just received this informative blog from Rio Grande about Synthetic Diamonds - Since many of us use gems in our work, we need to be smart about what we are buying. Read our latest post at: http://riograndeblog.com/2013/11/consumer-alert-know-the-facts-about-undisclosed-synthetic-diamonds/
  • METALWERX - offers some great articles

    Metalwerx, Waltham, Ma.   Some wonderful articles have just arrived in my email from Metalwerx, for those of you who are across the globe and do not subscribe to these jewelry magazines.   Miniflam Torch:  An Innovative torch system for jewelry makers  Articles by Helen Driggs that appeared in...
  • Refiners - Who gives the best percentage?

    Karen Thompson says Hauser and Miller gives 85% - can we have your feedback?
  • Platinum - Did you know?

    Besides passing Gold in today's market - here is a little tidbit I found in "Forbes" about Platinum. “When first discovered [in the mid-18th century],” says a dusty old book for coin collectors, “platinum was highly prized because it could be produced only in small quantities. [Yet] less than a ce...
  • A NEW APPROACH TO ENAMELING - Buddhist Monks, Chanting, and a Sacred Sifter

    I once was privileged to watch a group of Buddhist Monks make a Mandala out of butter with just their fingers - and it never melted -  but watching them sift grains of sand through a pen sifter, was an enlightening moment - I realized that perhaps with a little chanting, a few monks and some vitreo...
  • Citric Acid - the safer way to Pickle!

    At long last -- a gentle and environmentally-friendly pickle! Introducing Citric Acid Pickling Solution.  Forget worrying about which pair of tweezers you are putting in the pickle pot. With Citric Acid, you can use any tweezers when removing your items and your work will never be plated an odd ...
  • SLANG ME! The informal use of words in language!

    It's time to get a little "crazy" ( also known properly as "to have fun") After three years of talking to many of you in emails, I have learned a lot of non-formal words used to describe things in our various languages. In the U.S.A. we call them slang words.  For instance in the U.S. A. we might...
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  • RESIN JEWELRY - PRESENTED IN A BETTER LIGHT and my LETTER TO THE EDITOR

    Dear Tammy, As an Enamelist and owner of a global network of over 1200 Enamel Artists and 55 countries, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for writing about "Resin Jewelry" as just that, and not calling it "Cold Enameling". Today's Jewelry Making Daily comes on the heels of a works...
  • COLD ENAMELLING TERMS NEED TO BE STOPPED!

    While I was browsing workshops to attend when I make my pilgrimage to the Tucson Jewelry Show this February, I came across this description of Cold Enameling vs. Hot enameling - as if there was a comparison-  I was amazed how far another professional artist can take the term "glass like" to compare ...
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  • Jewelry Photos from your SMART PHONE

    At Last!! a DVD by Jim Lawson, photographer for Lapidary Journal on how to use your Smart Phone to photograph jewelry. I have used my iphone several times to photograph pieces that I posted to the site and I have been amazed how great they came out - (altho you may all disagree) - Now with some ne...
  • Pierrette LeClaire - Enamelist

    http://pierretteleclaire.ca/english/enamels/index.html
  • From Italy to New York - Having lunch with Paola Colleoni

    Columbus Day weekend was a memorable occasion for me and our past Featured Member, Paola Colleoni,(Italy)  when she flew into New York for a visit. As we New Yorkers like to say "We'll do Lunch" - and we did and not just any ordinary lunch, but at the famed "Modern" restaurant next door to the Mus...
  • CONFLICT MINERALS RULE - from Securities and Exchange Commission

    MJSA Member Alert: SEC Releases Conflict Minerals Rule   Dear MJSA Member,   On Aug. 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt a rule implementing the conflict minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 15...
  • NEWS ON THE SILVER MARKET......

    Silver Continues To Inspire Investors (Washington, D.C. – September 19, 2012) Investors are continuing to be bullish on silver in 2012, increasing their holdings of the precious metal that are at near record levels, said the Washington, D.C.-based Silver Institute today. Investors have so far purcha...
  • How to Find a Craft Show -

    Notebook #2 - Art & Business
  • The Argentium Silver Revolution - Rio Grande Blog

    I found this article to be very informative on the discovery of Argentium Silver and the different types. The Argentium Revolution Argentium International has implemented a continuous research and development program to better understand the properties of Argentium silver alloys and learn how to op...
  • Recycled vs. Mined Silver - Eddie Bell - Rio Grande

    Who knew? I didn't about the metal refining and mining business, but thanks to this blog posted by Eddie Bell from Rio Grande, you will have a great incite into the silver you use and buy everyday. Rio Grande was founded more than 60 years ago by my father, Saul Bell. A jeweler for more than 80 yea...
  • BARBARA MINOR WORKSHOPS - FABULICIOUS!

    Hot off the presses!! Barbara is putting on some incredible workshops- RSVP fast! August 10, 11, 12, 13, 2012 The Ranch - Seattle, WA  Topics Covered - Experimental Enameling  http://www.artattheranch.com/1548.html October 5,6,7, 2012 The Guilded Lynx - Ridgefield, CT  http://www.guildedlynx.com/li...
  • Enamelist Society Exhibition in Metalsmith Magazine - from Marianne Hunter

    The Enamelist Society in Metalsmith!This is to alert you to see the review in the current issue of Metalsmithmagazine of the Enamelist Society’s international exhibition “ Alchemy”, which opened at Arrowmont’s gallery  in conjunction with our last conference.  “A Touch of Alchemy ..Contemporary Enam...
  • TWO TUTORIALS BY ANOTHER MASTERBLASTER - JOHN KILLMASTER

    I just posted two tutorials in Notebook 1, Painting tab - by John Killmaster - don't miss them!
  • NEW GROUP - ART & BUSINESS -Notebook #2

      Creativity and Business go hand in hand but not without the act of thinking! As you know I like thinking - I like creative thoughts, I like knowledge, I like to know what makes people tick, I like to know how to run a successful business, and I like to take failure, learn from it and turn it int...
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  • ARTISTS OPPORTUNITIES from Florida Society of Goldsmiths

    Deadline: Ongoing. FLORIDA CALL! Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum in Largo, FL. Ongoing marine-related art exhibit (consignment-based). Contact Carolynn DelMonte, Gallery Manager, 727-216-6573 or cdelmonte52@gmail.com for information. Deadline: March 31, 2012, FLORIDA CAL...
  • CONSERVATION CONFERENCE IN MILANO, ITALY

    FROM Agnès Gall-Ortik   Dear Colleagues, Please find enclosed the program of an interdisciplinary study day on the Pace of Chiavenna, kindly sent by one of our members and speakers of the 2012 meeting, Chiara Maggioni. Post-prints will be published in Arte Lombarda, magazine of the Instituto per...
  • A Day with HAROLD BALAZS - by Delia Delapp

      COMING FULL CIRCLE - by Delia Delapp -Four years ago, while spending an afternoon at John Killmaster's studio in Middleton, Idaho, I spied a wonderful little table-top enameled copper sculpture. I didn't even know copper could be welded and I was immediately attracted to the piece. I realized it ...
  • BUY AND SELL - In the Members Forum

    For sometime, members have asked to sell new and used products on the site. It has been on my "to do" list for sometime as I researched the ins and outs of web site advertising, pay pal, layouts, proposals etc. - and came to the conclusion that its a head banger! especially when you only have two y...
  • Does Anyone have information about this site?

    This question was sent in by Lyndan Blackman - Australia - perhaps one of our members from Japan may have the answer. This link used to take one to the Japanese site where you could buy Cattleya enamels, and look at bowls and other enamel related paraphernalia.  http://www.biso.co.jp/
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  • John Killmaster's TUTORIAL - Painting with Oil Based Enamels

    For all you painters out there, John Killmaster, Professor of Art, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, has posted a very informative tutorial "Oil and Water Do Mix - In Enamel Painting" -  NOTEBOOK #1, Painting & Grisaille Group.   It doesn't get any better than this!
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  • United Kingdom - Guild of Enamellers - Craft Design Magazine

      What's hot?      News from The Guild of Enamellers  News section  Enamelling in Craft & Design Magazine (by DEC, published Wednesday, 02 November 2011 09:13)  Putting the spotlight on Enamelling   in craft&design magazine       We’ll be putting our annual spotlight on ENAMELLIN...
  • SCOTLAND - Tell us the Mystery Artist please!!!

        Sometimes, our news is not just about enamel artists, but artists in general. Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library?by Robert Krulwich- October 31, 2011 http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/10/28/141795907/who-left-a-tree-then-a-coffin-in-the-library?sc=17&f=1007   This story wa...
  • 2011 ALCHEMY EXHIBITION PHOTOS

      Go to the Library - scroll down to EXHIBITIONS and click - You will find the slideshow of the Alchemy Exhibition 2011 - Not totally complete but it will give you a birds eye view of some of the work exhibited. In the next few days, I will begin to label each of the photos -  If anyone else has jpe...
  • 2nd Tutorial by Chris Heirholzer - Torch Enamel with Graphite

     I have just posted the 2nd in the Torch Firing series created by Chris Heirholzer  using graphite - Check out Notebook 2 - Torch Firing.
  • ADVERTISING and SELLING PRODUCTS ON THE WEB SITE

    Several members have asked me about Selling and Advertising on this site. What can be sold and if I am considering selling ad space.  While I continue to keep the site "Membership Fee Free" and absorb the cost to run Grains of Glass, I also realize the value of sales and profit.   Here are some guid...
  • Saul Bell Finalist Marianne Hunter- speaks about her piece

    Thanks for following up on this. The piece in the finals is # 2552 “Kabuki Kachina dips her brush in Rainbows” .. I just found the complete description, so here it its!:Title: Kabuki Kachina dips her brush in Rainbows*Registration #2552Birds as subjects for this figurative piece were my immediate im...
  • MODERN MASTERS WORKSHOPS - SCHEDULE

    FLORIDA SOCIETY OF GOLDSMITHS Modern Masters Workshop   Merry Lee Rae- Cloisonné Enameling for Beginners and Beyond Chris Darway – Hydraulic Press for Production ~ Cutting & Forming Dies Tom Muir–Creative Mechanisms: Hinges, Catches, Swivels, Gears, and More Phil Renato – Polymer Chain Reactions...
  • THE UPCOMING BAN ON LEADED JEWELRY - sent in by Pat Johnson- British Society of Enamellers

    The British Society of Enamellers would like everyone to know of the proposed EU directive banning the production and sale of jewelry that has been enameled with lead bearing enamels. This legislation is under discussion, but the consultation will end on May 28, 2011. The directive bans all jewelry ...
  • A Tribute to My Best Friend - Joseph Osina - 2011 - GOGS Member

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IT IS NEVER EASY SAYING GOODBYE.... and for me this final farewell is the hardest and closest to my heart. My dearest friend, studio partner, family member and Grains of Glass artist has passed away.JOSEPH ...
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  • THE LAST OF THE AUTHENTIC SCOTCH STONES - Scotland

    The "Tam O Shanter Hone" with its celebrated red label scotch mark is not being produced any longer by the Water of Ayr and Tam O Shanter Hone Works ltd. Used by the most eminent firms of Watch and Clock manufacturers, Lithographers & c.&c. and a favorite abrasive stone used by enamelers - c...
  • PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES - by Harriete Estel Berman

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