Posts by Ema Kilroy

Ema Kilroy is a lampwork glass artist and metalsmith living and working in a beautiful, wooded area of Central Massachusetts. Ema is a skilled beadmaker, creating original lampwork beads, metal jewelry components and offering unique jewelry designs. Her love of nature is often found in her beads, jewelry and artwork. Her current jewelry designs include natural elements mixed with sparkle for an elegant, bohemian feel. She enjoys creating unique beads and jewelry that touch on an individuals’ personality, inner-being and true self. In her spare time Ema is a dedicated gardener, a lover of anything that brings her outside, and all-around crafter. To learn more about Ema’s artisan beads, jewelry components and jewelry visit her website.

Texturing Metal: Tools From Around the House to Use + A Quick Tutorial

Selection of textured copper discs

There are some fine quality texturing hammers available for purchase, but my favorite way to add texture to metal is true to the DIY-er in me: using tools readily available on the jeweler's bench and around the home. I've accumulated a few tools that I love to use for texture on metals. I'll show you how I use them to create unique pieces for jewelry designing.

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How to Hand Stamp Jewelry for Truly Custom Designs

Three different shaped blanks hand stamped with the word love

Add a creative, personal touch to your jewelry designs by hand stamping your own jewelry blanks. Learning how to hand stamp jewelry is surprisingly easy. Follow along with this simple metal stamp tutorial, and then try this innovative technique out for yourself!

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Using Artisan Beads for One-of-a-Kind Jewelry Designs

A toggle clasp made from copper and impressed with baby's breathe by Ema Kilroy

What exactly is an art bead? Although you might be hard-pressed to find the term art bead in the dictionary, I assure you there is a world full of bead artists creating them. Let's take a look at how you can incorporate one-of-a-kind artisan beads into your jewelry designs.

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Be On-Trend This Summer With Bead Wrapped Bracelets

A bead wrapped bracelet with Czech glass beads and button closure

Stacked bracelets are on-trend this summer. The perfect way to begin your stack is by creating your own bead wrap bracelet. We show you how to make a bead wrap bracelet in this step-by-step tutorial. The possibilities for customization are endless once you learn the technique.

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