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Karen Ferrante
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I enjoy jewelry making in the following areas:
Bead Stringing, Bead Weaving, Beaded Beads, Chainmaille, Wirework, Polymer Clay, Lampwork
About Me - Tell us a little about yourself and your area of expertise
Hi! Welcome to the Jewelry Makers Network! My name is Karen and I've been making jewelry for more than fifteen years. I've had the pleasure of learning how to string and weave beads, make chainmaille, use a torch to shape glass beads, fuse glass, form polymer clay as well as a number of other fun techniques. I setup the Jewelry Makers Network because I wanted to create a place for creative people to meet, share ideas and techniques, make new friends, learn from one another and to have fun!
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Bench Tip for Organizing Sandpaper On Sanding Boards

I learned this great tip from Tim McCreights “Complete Metalsmith”. In order to organize your sheets of sandpaper and to provide a solid surface for sanding, cut out three pieces of Masonite or Plexiglass 12 inches x 9 1/2 inches (or have the pieces cut out for you at a home improvement center). Mount the sandpaper on the front and back of each board using a spray adhesive glue. Organize by course, medium and fine grit. You can also drill a hole in the corner of the sanding boards, tie them…


Posted on April 3, 2012 at 12:39am

Is it Illegal to Make Jewelry Out of Coins?

Many people people think that it is illegal to incorporate coins into jewelry making. This is not true. It is illegal to deface US currency if the intent is continue to use it as legal tender after it has been altered. The purpose of the law is to prevent counterfeiting and fraud and does not apply to objects made out of currency whether for sale or not. If it were illegal to squash pennies, the souvenier machines that you find at various landmarks, museums and amusement parks would be…


Posted on November 14, 2011 at 8:10pm — 1 Comment

Want to Be Considered To Be In Chris Simmons Etsy Treasury?

Hi everyone! Did you see that Chris Simmons is creating a Jewelry Makers Network Etsy Treasury? How exciting! If you want to be considered to be in it please send her the item # or your url and she'll choose an item featured in your etsy store!

Posted on July 9, 2011 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

Tip for Making Chainmaille Rings

If you use a Jump Ringer to make rings for chainmaille, here is a quick tip that will help to enhance the shine of your masterpieces. Right after I cut the coil I string a piece of thin copper wire through the rings leaving enough room to twist the two ends together. I then toss this ring of cut rings into the tumbler. This will help to clean and shine the rings before using… Continue

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 12:30am

Jewelry Making Ideas – Creative Color Design

Are you stuck when it comes to using color creatively to enhance your jewelry designs? The paint store or home improvement center is a great source for discovering new color schemes. Many paint companies will provide cards or brochures with recommended color combinations. They may even provide descriptions regarding the moods created by different colors. For example, warm colors… Continue

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 12:28am — 1 Comment

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At 12:55pm on December 20, 2011, jan said…

thank you karen. :-)

At 7:48am on June 15, 2011, zoraida bros said…
Thank you Karen for reading my blog.  I'm still new at blogging.
At 11:16am on May 13, 2011, Patty Lakinsmith said…

Thank you, Karen!



At 11:05am on January 13, 2010, Suzanne Fragiacomo said…
Thank you for the welcome and sweet compliment on my lampwork!! I'm just getting started with jewelry, SO much to learn!!
At 9:21am on January 13, 2010, Terri Gee said…
Hey there Karen just wanted to say hi this new year hope you are doing well looking forward to the new year and the new ideas to come my way
take care
Terri Gee
At 2:27pm on November 8, 2009, TheRedDiva said…
Thank you for your comment
I hope to have a new camera
so I can add pictures up by
next month around my birthday
I so hope!!
At 1:08pm on November 8, 2009, Michelle R. said…
Thank you for your lovely words! That is one of my favorite pieces as well....And I'm thankful to be part of this community. :)
At 9:22am on October 9, 2009, Chris said…
Thank you Karen !

Yes, there is definitely something about melting metal and glass :o)

I'm glad to be here and looking forward to getting to know my way around.
At 12:27am on September 29, 2009, juditsd said…
Thank you Karen! It's nice to be here!:)
At 5:36am on September 27, 2009, Krafty Max Originals said…
thank you!!! This group looks like it will be fun! Thanks for the invite, welcome and thinking of me!! ~KM



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