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MJSA Journal

Every month, the award-winning MJSA Journal offers design ideas, fabrication and production techniques, bench tips, business and marketing insights, and trend and technology updates—the information crucial for business success. "More than other publications, MJSA Journal is oriented toward people like me: those trying to earn a living by designing and making jewelry," says Jim Binnion of James Binnion Metal Arts.

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Pure Imagination by Shawna Kulpa, Irina Missiuro, and John Shanahan
Announcing the winners of the 2017 MJSA Vision Awards 

Material Evidence by Shawna Kulpa
Comparing 3-D printer materials 

Great Beginnings by Irina Missiuro
Getting to know Mark Schneider MJSA Members Only 

Spiky Sophistication by Irina Missiuro
Finding inspiration with Marcia Budet MJSA Members Only

At the Bench: Keeping Tabs by Helen I. Driggs
Floating objects in a metal frame MJSA Members Only

Fashion and Gem Trends: Coming to a Store Near You by Deborah A. Yonick
Top gem and jewelry trends for 2018 revealed in Vegas MJSA Members Only 

Business Strategies: On the Move by Andrea Hill
Keeping your business flexible for long-term success MJSA Members Only 

Online Design Challenge 2017: Celebrating a Life Lost Too Soon
A young grieving wife and a set of three Sri Lankan blue sapphires are at the heart of this year’s MJSA Online Design Challenge. Read this year’s scenario and then check out how the first eight of this year’s designers took on the challenge.

Also in this issue:

#46 ISO Want a Good Casting: “The devil is in the details” — and so is consistency 
Evaluating company’s consistency in all areas, especially casting. MJSA Members Only

An Uncustomary Request by John Shanahan
Creative freedom and some unusual pearls helped create Brenda Smith’s award-winning necklace MJSA Members Only

MJSA Videos  

Doing Good: Sourcing Metals and Gemstones Responsibly
Highlights from the panel discussion held at MJSA Expo, March 13, 2017

Boothmanship Tips
Learn the four crucial steps you need to take to achieve exhibiting greatness.

MJSA Tech Video: Red Flags when Repairing Jewelry
In this video, learn how to identify some common "red flags" to help you uncover all of the problem areas in a piece of jewelry. Based on the MJSA Journal article "Raise a Red Flag" by Arthur Skuratowciz.

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