Art Jewelry Boot Camp is a series created to inspire all jewelry artists to learn, to reach, and to expand their talents. Bi-monthly, we will introduce a new topic to encourage you to start expanding your talent toolbox. For four weeks, each Monday, we will post in depth tutorials based on a theme. We invite you to give them a try and keep playing and working!

During week five, We will invite you to post your progress, your trials, your tribulations, your successes, and of course, your jewelry on your own blog! There will be a link tool at the bottom of week five’s post to add your blog post. If you’re not a blogger, we also have a Flickr group set up for you to add your pieces to....If you’re a Tweeter, Instagram-er, or Pinteret-er, please join us by tagging your progress or photos with the hashtag #AJBootcamp.

We’ll spend weeks 6-8 sharing our favorite designs, sharing tutorials from well-known designers and wrapping up our discoveries!

If you’re new to making jewelry or not a seasoned metalsmith, DO NOT FEAR! This series of challenges is for seasoned makers and newbies alike! If you’re still intimidated by the techniques, consider joining in the challenge by purchasing or using elements from other handmade artisan makers!

The only rules for each challenge are:

1) Use the techniques of each challenge to make NEW, ORIGINAL jewelry.

2) The components MUST be handmade. If you didn’t make them yourself, they need to be purchased from someone who did.

And a small disclaimer: This is an opportunity to share and grow among like artists. This is not an appropriate venue for self-promotion. Please do not include sale links (to Etsy, to your personal website for sale etc.) You are welcome to blog and include links, but our goal is sharing and education, not flagrant self-promotion. Those who do not adhere to this will be removed at Love My Art Jewelry’s discretion.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BOOT CAMP, Please check back on Mondays (feel to stop by the rest of the week too!).

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Boot Camp Tutorials

Jan / Feb 2013 Balled: / Art Head Pins

tutorial on traditional balled head pins

double balled headpin earrings

rosy headpins

head pin charm tutorial

about wire / gauge and hardness

nichrome wire for ceramic headpins

headpins as cold connections

March /April 2013: Textured Metal

video by Barb B.

alphabet stamps as texture by Staci S.

hammering to distress metal by Kelli P

textured earring tutorial by maryann C.

textured wire spiral donut connector by staci s

textured metal slide bail by Barb B

textured metal frame

found texture by Kelli P

more found texture by mary jane d

textured ear wires by Stacie F.

metals you can texture by Staci S

May /June Wire Work Out

wire bead and ring by Kelli P

wire wrap for beginners

tips on using wire

twisted wire

free form wire work staci s

wrapping briolettes by staci s

July / August Securing the Perimeter : clasps

wire clasp tutorial

button claps by Mary Jane D

twisted crusty toggle by Kelli P

snap closure for beadwork by Carol Dean S

copper tube clasp by maryann c

adventurous clasp design by Stacie F.

wire toggle by Staci S

clasps- secure or pretty or both by staci s

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