Silver bead in a bag with anti-tarnish tabs

Preventing Sterling Silver from Oxidizing

Sterling silver is a wonderful metal for jewelry.  Silver’s bright luster will enhance any outfit beautifully.  Patinas can be added for striking contrast.  It is also a much more affordable option than gold making it quite collectable and perfect for gifts.  However, keeping silver at its very brightest can take a little extra care.  In previous posts I have given […]

a rough wax carving and a finished jewelry item

Humble Beginnings, The Wax Carving Process

Someone recently asked me how carving wax starts out.  First of all, there are a number of varieties to choose from.   Your specific application and personal preferences will naturally influence which type you choose.  Some artists prefer to add material to their model as they create it. I, however, almost always work subtractively.  Carving wax is primarily purchased in thick […]

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How I Got Started- Part 2- The Beginning of Jenuinely Jeni Inc.

My previous article began to explain the rather broad topic of how I got started. This is a question I hear often while at trade shows. My involvement in three dimensional and metal arts seemed a logical place to begin. Artistic talent alone however is far from enough to turn a skill into a business. […]

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In Good or Bad Company, the Critters of Giles County

My unexpected woodchuck guest who happened by the workshop last week unwittingly became the star of his own blog article. In turn, his comical presence motivated me to tell the tales of a few more of my Appalachian animal acquaintances. Living in a remote area does distance me from any excess of human population, but […]