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MJSA Journal Feb 2017

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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Online this month...

Mystery Box Challenge by Shawna Kulpa
Four weeks four designers one box of mystery materials = endless possibilities

The Fix Is In by John Shanahan
Using CAD repair programs to save unprintable files

Fashion and Gem Trends: Burma Ban Busted by Deborah A. Yonick
U.S. ban on Burmese gemstones is lifted

Creative Design: Night Beauty by Irina Missiuro
Craftsmanship is key for Llyn Strong’s wearable art

Creative Design: Taking Flight by Irina Missiuro
Finding Inspiration with Zoltan David

MJSA Tech Video: Repair Red Flags
Tips on identifying common "red flags" to help you uncover and address all of the problem areas in a piece of jewelry. 

At the Bench: Get Your Ducks in a Row by Joel McFadden
A step-by-step guide to multi-row pavé setting

Business Strategies: Doctor, Doctor by Andrea Hill
Strategic planning can keep your company out of the emergency room

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 two of this year’s designers took on the challenge.

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