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How to Handle the Elements


Rare 19th century British Victorian crystal beads in a variety of settings — note the different bead caps.

All jewelry, in fact all engineered structures, have one thing in common; they are made up of a collection of elements. What is an element? It is a single repeatable item — in the case of JAL jewelry, this consists of a series of beads on a wire, to wit:

  1.    Form a loop at one end of the 4″ long .20 gauge copper wire.
  2.    Wrap the end of the wire to finish the loop.
  3.    Press the cut end of the wire deeply into the wrapping so it doesn’t catch on anything.
  4.   Thread on a 4mm round copper bead.
  5.    Add a spacer bead.
  6.    Add a bead cap if wanted, with the hollow side toward the main bead.
  7.    Add the gemstone or main bead.
  8.    Add a bead cap rotated opposite the first cap.
  9.    Add another spacer bead.
  10.    Add another 4mm round copper bead.
  11.    Make a loop to close off and finish the element.

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Scrimshaw Style Original Fine Art Nails by EJ Gold


Signed & Dated Scrimshaw Style ArtNails by Listed American Artist EJ Gold, Art in America, Who’s Who in Art.

That’s right, I’m creating handmade STRICTLY one-of-a-kind scrimshaw style artnails for the high-end nail salon market, and believe me, there’s plenty of it to go around. Nail art is more than popular — it rivals tattoos for popularity, and the FEATURE NAIL is the key to the whole thing.

Feature nails can be handpainted and sometimes you can get a fantastic nail by a total unknown artist for a fraction of what you really should pay. Oh, most folks don’t think they should pay for art — after all, isn’t art a form of play?

Many artists starve or maintain a day job just because of that attitude by frozen-faced street zombies under the usual alien domination.

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