Finding Time for Your Jewelry

Necklace by Rena Klingenberg

With everything else going on in our lives, it’s easy for jewelry time to be postponed to another day. If […]

When a Customer Criticizes Your Handmade Jewelry

Turquoise nugget and sterling silver wire pendant by Rena Klingenberg

Most jewelry customers are supportive of what we do (and sometimes they purchase our jewelry too)! Of course, not everyone […]

Pantone 2014 Fall Colors

2014 Pantone Fall Color Palette

Pantone has just released its 2014 Fall Colors (shown below). I created this image using the official colors in their […]

How Do You String Your Beads?

Wood and resin beads on leather cord. Rena Klingenberg

When you make a bead bracelet or necklace, what direction do you go as you string your beads? On bracelets, […]

Using Contrast in Jewelry Designs

Beads and Chains Choker by Rena Klingenberg

After stringing the beads for this sunny multi-strand choker, I realized they needed some kind of contrasting element. So I […]

Inventing Yourself

Purple paua shell and sterling silver wire pendant by Rena Klingenberg

Many years ago, when I first became self-employed, I had this interesting realization: When you work for yourself, you invent […]

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