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Make More Than Jewelry With Your Materials. 


Holli Brown Mosaics

Have you ever looked at something in a store and said I can make that. If you are crafty, you see DIY projects as something you are excited about. Sometimes it turns out that it was not as easy as we thought to make. Don't let that burst your bubble. Maybe you didn't find the right project for you. If you are still determined to persevere on with a DIY project with materials you have sitting around, then these projects should get you thinking about what to do next with those beads and chain hanging around in your jewelry supplies. 

Eiffel and Empire

Think about revamping a pair of shoes you never wear anymore by either blinging up the heel with crystals, or gluing on rhinestones, or replacing the center strap with a chain to dress it up. 


Halter tops are great projects to play around with. Changing out the neckline or tank top straps with some chain, or beads, will give it a new and refreshed look. These recycled tops found on ebay inspired me to recycle some of my tired old tanks. 




Best Phone Cases found on

Add some beads to a summer straw hat, like this one by Melissa Odabash. The turquoise stones are great for summer but you can get creative with whatever color beads you like. Best Phone Cases on Etsy has fun gluing all sorts of things to their phone cases. 

Mirror by Georgia Peachez

Every one has materials they have no idea what to do with. Start recycling them and get creative! Make sure you have fun while doing it. This mirror by Georgia Peachez looked like it was fun to make. 


Are you interested in taking a great jewelry design course and learning more about how to make your own jewelry or get started professionally in this creative field? Sheffield School began as an Interior Design school in 1985, and then expanded our course offerings to train people in other design-related fields, including Feng ShuiWedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design. With thousands of active students and more than 50,000 graduates, Sheffield has trained more design professionals than any school in the world.

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    Meet Our Sheffield School Jewelry Instructors

    Nova's Jewelry made it to the cover of Elle Magazine.
    Nova's Picot Edge Earring
    Our Pioneer instructor and student advisor, Nova Bronstein, has shaped the Sheffield course since its inception. Nova is originally from the San Francisco Bay area on the West Coast. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY and recently became a new mom. Her artistic endeavors were nurtured and supported from an early age by parents who were both artists. Following her passion she shifted to New York to get her  B.F.A in Metalsmithing from State University of New York at New Paltz. Additionally, Nova studied at The Crucible in Oakland, CA and Fashion, Textile, and Knitwear Design at Academy of Art in San Francisco. In addition to sharing her knowledge with budding jewelry designers at Sheffield she has taught at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC, The Shelbourne Craft Center in Shelbourne, VT and out of her Brooklyn, NY studio. Nova's work can be viewed at
    Earrings by Haley M.
    Haley Mindes first began her fascination with jewelry making when she learned how to macrame bracelets and anklets during summer camp. Originally from New York, Haley received a B.F.A from Hartford Art School in CT. After graduation Haley moved to back to NY where she worked as a graphic designer by day, taking metalsmithing classes in the evening at New York institutions like F.I.T, School of Visual Arts and the 92nd St. Y. After learning enough techniques to create work on her own from her apartment, Haley began building a small business by selling her jewelry to boutiques across the country. To this day the inspiration to incorporate macrame into her work, along with other mediums such as, stones, resin and leather combined with metals is still going strong. Currently Haley is a student advisor at Sheffield helping students with whatever questions they have throughout the course. Her work can be viewed at

    Bracelet by Kari Auerbach
    Kari Auerbach, first discovered her love for jewelry making by creating pieces out of empty small perfume glass sample bottles. She filled them with beads and figured out how to attach them to earrings and chains and people started buying them up. This inspired her to take a few classes at F.I.T and Parsons School of Design. Kari honed her skills with on the job training working for other jewelry designers. With a vast array of work experience under her belt from working as a model maker, jewelry designer for a cruiseline, creating metal logo tags to even designing tiara's, she eventually began selling her own designs to boutiques. Along with a couple of friends Kari opened a women's artist co-op shop on 9th St. in downtown NY, called Mayhem. There she sold her edgy romantic designs referred to as the Hells Cherub collection. Now she keeps busy nurturing the talent of budding Sheffield designers, as well as her son here in New York City.

    Jewelry by Dori Eisenhauer
    Dori Eisenhauer started her career as an actress and took up her second career, jewelry design, when she realized it was either purchase raw materials and make your own accessories or do without them on a struggling actress budget. Dori studied at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA.  Soon after she moved to New York City and continued her jewelry design studies at the 92nd Street Y, as well as, under Donna Distefano, former resident goldsmith at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dori is currently happily living in Brooklyn, NY with her dog, Tribble, and enjoying sharing her knowledge with Sheffield students on how to grow your jewelry design addiction into a small business. Dori still divides her time between her love of acting and jewelry design, her work can be viewed at

    Serena Van Rensselaer's intrigue with jewelry began as a young girl, when she used to visit her grandmother and her namesake, Serena. The elder Serena was an extremely talented painter who loved all forms of art. But it was her collection of jewelry that captivated Serena, for she had pieces from around the world, and each piece had a story behind it.

    Serena grew up in New Jersey, and went on to study Art History and Cultural Anthropology, before re-visiting her childhood passion of jewelry design in San Miguel D’Allende, Mexico. It was there that she took her first metal class, and fell in love with thecreative process. Serena worked, studied and traveled to Europe and the Caribbean, honing her skills as a metal smith.

    Serena lived for years in St.Thomas & St. John where she co-owned a gallery. She loved living by the ocean, and found the islands incredibly inspiring. In 1999, she moved to New York City, and settled in the East Village. She thrived on the creative energy in NYC, and opened a studio.


    In 2007, she had a baby boy; Aziz Skyler who is her greatest joy and inspiration. She balances her time, creating new jewelry collections, raising her son and teaching NYIAD Jewelry students. 


     Sheffield School began as an Interior Design school in 1985, and then expanded our course offerings to train people in other design-related fields, including Feng ShuiWedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design. With thousands of active students and more than 50,000 graduates, Sheffield has trained more design professionals than any school in the world.

  • Request a free Sheffield School catalog describing our distance education courses.
  • Subscribe to the Sheffield Designer newsletter.
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    Copper: Why the Green?

    Fernanda Sibilia "Confite" Patina CuffCopper can be gorgeous in its rosy untarnished hue but often doesn't stay that way.  Smudges, tarnish, oxidation and patina all change the look of copper if left untreated.  Ever noticed how anything copper that is left outside turns a bluish-green color in some places?  And also, with jewelry made of copper, sometimes it leaves a greenish mark on the skin?  

    Fernanda Sibilia "Ceibo Hiluan" Mixed Metal EarringsSo why the green?  The reaction is between the natural acids, salt and moisture from skin + sweat combining with the copper.  Think about the patina (a surface reaction) that appears on copper roofs turning them this same frosty color.  This comes from the cupric acid naturally found in the metal which comes to the surface through oxidation (reacting with oxygen) and is triggered by moisture + salt.  This is the same reaction that happens on the skin due to natural perspiration.  

    FYI:  The reaction of one individual to copper on their skin varies from person to person depending on the pH of the individual's skin.

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    7 Favorites Featuring Cattleya, a Most Unusual Color

    There are some very unusual color names, but perhaps none as esoteric as cattleya (pronounced cat-lee-yuh). The name comes from William Cattley, the botany patron and orchid lover who sparked a major collecting and gardening trend for orchids in England in the 1700s. One of his original orchids, cattleya labiata, is of the color now known at cattleya (see photo at right).

    Merriam-Webster defines cattleya as being

    A moderate purple that is redder and paler than heliotrope, bluer and paler than average amethyst, and paler and slightly bluer than manganese violet.


    This color is difficult to find in decorative objects, but we kept our eyes open and came up with seven favorites that incorporate this rich, beautiful purple hue. Click on each photograph for more information about each piece.

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    Couture Wedding Jewelry Sparks Bridal Fantasy


    The creative force behind Mandelina Jewelry in Portland, OR grew up in Alaska. Her mother was a portrait painter, and their small community had a high concentration of artists; she took the art plunge at age 14, painting miniature totem poles as souvenirs. Flash forward to the present, where she pursues her one-of-a-kind bespoke jewelry business, with a heavy emphasis on bridal couture pieces. Some of her work is featured in this video from Black Label Films, a Portland boutique cinematographer specializing in wedding films. I love the video's portrayal of a bridal forest fantasy, reminding us of Twilight and Lord of the Rings themes.

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