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Chicago Art Fair

Zygmunt is on the road! He is currently in Chicago and will be at the Gold Coast Art Fair June 17th & 18th. If you’re not familiar with this show it will be at Grant Park near downtown Chicago. He is set up and is ready to go, you’ll be able to find him at booth #567.5. You’ll also be excited to see that we’ve added a splash of gold to our catalog! Zygmunt hopes to see you this weekend.

If you need any more details about the show, please go to:

Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park

Be well,

Laurette ONeil

We are showing at One of a Kind Show, #Booth 2081

We are showing at One of a Kind Show, #Booth 2081

Chicago’s best holiday shopping opportunity just got even better!

The 13th annual One of a Kind Show and Sale returns to Chicago December 5-8, 2013 at the Merchandise Mart with more than 600 juried artists, craftspeople and designers from across North America

Dates and Location:
December 5-8, 2013
The Merchandise Mart

Show Hours:
Thursday, December 5     11am-8pm
Friday, December 6         11am-8pm
Saturday, December 7     10am-7pm
Sunday, December 8       10am-5pm

Laurette O’Neil at the One of a Kind Chicago Show

Laurette O’Neil at the One of a Kind Chicago Show

Laurette O’Neil will be showing at the One of a Kind Chicago show.
BOOTH 3007
Laurette’s artist page: click here

Dates and Location:
December 6-9, 2012
The Merchandise Mart

To purchase tickets click here:

Admission Tickets also available at onsite Box Office.
Special Ticket Packages only available online.

Thursday, December 6 11am-8pm
Friday, December 7 11am-8pm
Saturday, December 8 10am-7pm
Sunday, December 9 10am-5pm

Booth 3007

The Perfect Photo Shot: How To Photograph Reflective Round Objects

The Perfect Photo Shot: How To Photograph Reflective Round Objects

The speed of light is generally rounded down to 186,000 miles per second. In exact terms it is 299,792,458 m/s (metres per second – that is equal to 186, 287.49 miles per second).

When sunlight is intercepted by a drop of water in the atmosphere, some of the light refracts into the drop, reflects from the drop’s inner surface, and then refracts out of the drop. The first refraction separates the sunlight into its component colours, and the second refraction increases the separation. The result is a rainbow.

Watch this photography tutorial to learn how to photograph and light reflective round objects. Check out more photography lessons

How to make a Sliding knot

How to make a Sliding knot

Realization of the most common knot for handmade jewelry lovers – more ideas:

Matt Conable describes Fossil Walrus Ivory

Matt Conable describes Fossil Walrus Ivory
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Matt Conable - WHS Founder & Designer

The materials, mechanisms and techniques used to manufacture William Henry Studio’s timeless pieces of functional jewelry and art.

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12 Home Products for Cleaning Jewelry

12 Home Products for Cleaning Jewelry

Cleaning Jewelry12 Home Products for Cleaning Jewelry | Reader’s Digest

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things



Drop your dull-looking jewelry in a glass of fizzing Alka-Seltzer for a couple of minutes. It will sparkle and shine when you pull it out.

See more uses for Alka-Seltzer.

Aluminum Foil

To clean your jewelry, simply line a small bowl with aluminum foil. Fill the bowl with hot water and mix in one tablespoon of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent (not liquid), like Tide. Put the jewelry in the solution and let it soak for one minute. Rinse well and air-dry. This procedure makes use of the chemical process known as ion exchange, which can also be used to clean silverware.

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Brighten up your gold and silver trinkets by soaking them for 10 minutes in a solution of 1/2 cup clear ammonia mixed in 1 cup warm water. Gently wipe clean with a soft cloth and let dry. Note: Do not do this with jewelry containing pearls, because it could dull or damage their delicate surface.

See more uses for Ammonia.

Baking Soda

To remove built-up tarnish from your silver, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse, and buff dry. To polish gold jewelry, cover with a light coating of baking soda, pour a bit of vinegar over it, and rinse clean.

Note: Do not use this technique with jewelry containing pearls or gem-stones, as it could damage their finish and loosen the glue.

See more uses for Baking Soda.


Get the shine back in your solid gold (i.e., minus any gemstones) rings and other jewelry by pouring a bit of beer (not dark ale!) onto a soft cloth and rubbing it gently over the piece. Use a clean second cloth or towel to dry.

See more uses for Beer.

Club Soda

Soak your diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds in club soda to give them a bright sheen. Simply place them in a glass full of club soda and let them soak overnight.

See more uses for Club Soda.

Denture Tablets

Has your diamond ring lost its sparkle? Drop a denture tablet into a glass containing a cup of water. Follow that with your ring or diamond earrings. Let it sit for a few minutes. Remove your jewelry and rinse to reveal the old sparkle and shine.

See more uses for Denture Tablets.


Let ketchup do the work of shining tarnished silver. If your ring, bracelet, or earring has a smooth surface, dunk it in a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes. If it has a tooled or detailed surface, use an old toothbrush to work ketchup into the crevices. To avoid damaging the silver, don’t leave the ketchup on any longer than necessary. Rinse your jewelry clean, dry it, and it’s ready to wear.

See more uses for Ketchup.


Put a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and use it to make your diamond ring sparkle instead of your teeth. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth.

See more uses for Toothpaste.


Make your silverware — as well as your pure silver bracelets, rings, and other jewelry — shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

See more uses for Vinegar.


In a pinch, a few drops of vodka will clean any kind of glass or jewelry with crystalline gemstones. So although people might look at you askance, you could dip a napkin into your vodka on the rocks to wipe away the grime on your eyeglasses or dunk your diamond ring for a few minutes to get it sparkling again. But don’t try this with contact lenses! Also avoid getting alcohol on any gemstone that’s not a crystal. Only diamonds, emeralds, and the like will benefit from a vodka bath.

See more uses for Vodka.

Window Cleaner

Use window cleaner to spruce up jewelry that is all metal or has crystalline gemstones, such as diamonds or rubies. Spray on the cleaner, then use an old toothbrush for cleaning. But don’t do this if the piece has opaque stones such as opal or turquoise or organic gems such as coral or pearl. The ammonia and detergents in the cleaner can discolor these porous lovelies.

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How to make a Simple Pillow box tutorials

How to make a Simple Pillow box tutorials

How to make a Pillow BoxAnyone can make it!


  • Start with 12 x 12 paper , score at 5 1/2 inches and them score at 11 inches leaving 1 inch left
  • Text turn the paper side ways and score at 6 inches
  • Cut the paper on the 6 inch mark !! Now you can make two boxes
  • Next you just have to pick the size you want for the cats eye Starting with 1/2 inch up to 2 inches , score one side of the cats eye and cut the other side
  • Next glue down the paper and then you have your Pillow box :)After that you can make any size you want : ).
  • Original video uploaded by Patricia: tubeyoumaster1


  • Download Template at:
  • Follow this DIY template tutorial to learn how to make your very own pillow box.
  • This paisley pillow box would be great for packaging small gifts like jewelry, gift cards and candies.
  • Could also be used for wedding favor boxes, place one at each place setting. Enjoy!
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How to add a patina using a liver of sulfur solution.

How to add a patina using a liver of sulfur solution.

Art Jewelry Magazine associate editor Jill Erickson shows you how to add a patina using a liver of sulfur solution. Visit for more information and videos.

Laurette at Occasions! by Design Scottsdale Arizona

Laurette at Occasions! by Design Scottsdale Arizona

Occasions! by Design

7077 E Main Street
Suite 1
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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