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Riveting Step by StepIn the March MJSA Journal: Solid Rivets, Step by Step

This month’s MJSA Journal features an article in which Tim McCreight discusses the art of "cold connections" in jewelry. It also offers Helen Driggs’ step-by-step guide to the riveting process.

"Solid rivets are one of the most useful connections for joining materials that are delicate, heat sensitive, or not metal," she says. "I typically make them from scratch using brass rod or nickel wire as a starting point. Once you understand and master the fabrication of solid rivets, a wide range of other versatile cold connections can be added to your skill set. Click here to see Helen’s method.

Enter the 2017 MJSA Vision Awards

MJSA’s annual competition honors the jewelry design excellence of professionals and students alike, as well as creative distinction in custom design, responsible sourcing, and the use of new technologies (CAD/CAM, lasers). If this your year to be celebrated? You’ll never know unless you enter. The deadline is April 4.

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The March MJSA Journal Is Now Online

MJSA Journal Mar 2017 Cover

This month, as part of its periodic "Art of Handcraft" series, MJSA Journal features a cover story in which Tim McCreight discusses the joining of metals through cold connections. McCreight—a renowned educator, author, and jeweler, as well as the owner of Brynmorgen Press—says he likes to use the technique to add value, meaning, and a sense of the special. Click here to hear more about Tim’s thoughts.

The issue also features a step-by-step guide to cold joining metals by rivets, as shown by metalsmith Helen Driggs (author of The Jewelry Maker’s Field Guide).

Click here to see the Table of Contents of this month’s issue 

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MJSA Expo Delivers a Hands-On Experience

MJSA ExpoAlthough it was cut short by a day, thanks to a looming blizzard and a declared a state of emergency, the 2017 MJSA Expo still delivered: Buyers filled the show’s aisles to inspect, test, and learn about the latest jewelry-making equipment, tools, supplies, and services.

"It’s huge—I love all the machines, and I was really impressed with the tools," said one buyer, Steven Hershey of Boulder, Colorado, who added that he also enjoys buying his gemstones at Expo.

Other buyers expressed equal excitement—not just for the exhibits, but also for the seminar program, which delved into topics ranging from lab-grown diamonds to 3-D printing. "I like to learn, and they [the presenters] are deep into the issues," said Kamran Namigohar of Limpia Jewelry in Los Angeles.

The 2018 Expo will run March 11-13 at the Javits Center. For updates, go to MJSAExpo.org.

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The 2017 MJSA Buyer’s Guide Is Now Available

2017 MJSA Buyer’s GuideThe 2017 print edition of the MJSA Buyer’s Guide—the "go-to" resource for jewelry-making supplies and services—features hundreds of listings for everything from 3-D printers and service bureaus to bench tools and on-trend findings and gems. It also includes a range of articles to help make buying decisions easier: updates on design and business software, fashion forecasts, and tips on how to select a bench, source metals and gemstones responsibly, and have the best refining experience. Click here to learn more.

You can also search for products and services online in our digital MJSA Buyer’s Guide and the MJSA Guide to Subcontractors. All supplies and services in the guides are offered by MJSA members, who agreed to abide by our rigorously enforced Code of Ethics.

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Santa Fe Symposium— May. 21 - 24, 2017
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2017 SNAG Nexus— May. 24 - 27, 2017
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JCK Las Vegas— Jun. 5 - 8, 2017
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JA New York Summer— Jul. 23 - 25, 2017
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Atlanta Jewelry Show— Aug. 12 - 14, 2017
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MJSA is the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. By tapping into the collective strength of the association community, our members find the expertise, connections, and resources needed to make and sell great jewelry, profitably. Click here to contact us.

Santa Fe Symposium

May. 21 - 24, 2017

Educational symposium on jewelry manufacturing technology.


2017 SNAG Nexus

May. 24 - 27, 2017

Educational conference.


JCK Las Vegas

Jun. 5 - 8, 2017

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, business services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and retail displays.


JA New York Summer

Jul. 23 - 25, 2017

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, beads, business services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and retail displays. Includes educational program.


Atlanta Jewelry Show

Aug. 12 - 14, 2017

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, beads, contract services, business services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and displays.