TOP 10 Things to do at OPEN STUDIO

OPEN STUDIOS are for you, students of JOE’S Garage. Use the tools you know, connect with other artists (like yourself), and leave the expense out of this fun you-time out!

Consider doing this at an OPEN STUDIO:

  1. Put the finishing touches on ANY JOE’S Garage class project because you couldn’t finish in time since Natalie has parameter challenges.
  2. Go for a TUMBLE, because it’s so darn fun to clean ANY silver jewelry with steel pellets!
  3. GLOW in the Creative Vibe.
  4. Add a brand spanking new satin finish to a dingy old charm.
  5. LISTEN to Imagine Dragons Pandora Station.
  6. ROUND out ANY ring while taking out your pent up frustrations, with the use of one of the Studio’s Featured Mallets.
  7. FIX or REPLACE jump rings and clasps on ALL your jewelry. I have lots of chain, clasps, & ear wires. Do it DIY or do it Old School: BUY IT.
  8. RESET a stone.
  9. RE-CREATE a lost earring, or make a charm bracelet with all your Onesies.
  10. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS? I can make a brooch with a handmade PIN BACK!

Or, make something completely NEW! I can set you up!

Check the calendar for the next OPEN STUDIO.

Classes pictured above: Aluminum Kisses,
Enameled Wave Spinner, Forever Bracelet.

C’mon, Gang!

C’mon, GANG! Give me everything you’ve got. Load up on arm candy in every flavor. Ganging up textures and maximizing mass is artistically satisfying, and just plain FUN!

Shown from left : Twisted Loop Cuff silver, and copper, Tapered Finial Cuff, Etched Clasp/Catch Clasp Collectibles, Crash Bangle, One-Off Bracelet, Ball + Loop Bangles, Knotted Cord, and Charm Tapered Finial Cuff.

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to wear multiples. Rings, bracelets, anklets, or necklaces seem to enjoy being together…on my wrist, or ankle, or wherever. It started with braided plastic gymp, embroidery floss, and thongs (be careful with that one!). But the aesthetic was not restricted to hobby store materials, it worked even better the higher up the precious scale you could climb. Pop culture chains, or fine jewelry pearls, equally got better when hanging out together.

Hope Milner, Bohemian Bracelets

In checking out Etsy offerings I found the lovely Hope Milner, owner of Bohemian Bracelets. She has a charming business story and a focused collection of bracelets that would play wonderfully with …everything I own!

I chose this bracelet group not only because it has an inspired palette, and had that Bohemian Je ne sais quoi that I love, but also because it comes as a set, and when not used as the striking 10-stack ensemble, I imagined how it would perfect a silver bangle grouping, with just the right amount of frosting. Just keep adding bohemian bands until you’re in Nirvana.

They are surprisingly reasonably priced. Check out her entire line!

10 Stretch Bracelets

10 Stretch Bracelets by Hope Milner

Ross + Simons caught my eye with their BOLO BRACELETS. you know how I can’t resist a little drape and dangle—many in their collection had both. For me this is a good example of what I’ve been missing, and I’m glad I stumbled on it. I now see that does carry slider clasps, so we may have to travel a little further down this path.

When I searched for Lisa Leonard bracelets to stack on PINTEREST; because I love her, her story, her artistic style… I found her wonderful stacking children’s name rings—which I do love, but chose to don blinders for this BRACELET story.

I continued to  Pinterest’s suggestion of Lizzy James bracelets. These wrap bracelets have everything I love: a little textural contrast, a rugged yet feminine brutalisms, and even a little dangle in the Handmade tag. I also like that they use some very creative knotting without overdoing it…such a simple, yet important balance. I’d love to pair this with my INSIDE THE BOXCHAIN bracelet!

Community education in Sioux Falls is offering about 11 different bracelet classes in their Summer Catalog (see a PDF of the current catalog here) from various artist instructors. 

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Acorn19/Bead Co.’s Ladder Bracelet Class through Sioux Falls Community Ed, with instructor and store owner Melanie Erickson, is coming up!

Her store has been in downtown Sioux Falls for 19 years, and is where I began having faith in my own jewelry design. Look for her on Etsy, and Facebook.

Several of the Community Ed projects can be either bracelets or necklaces. I speak FLEXIBLE—bring it on! One of my favorite jewelry situations is to multi-wrap a necklace into a bracelet. I will also use magnetic clasps so one long strand is comprised of a bracelet, an anklet, and a short necklace as in the <a href=”http://<a href=”http://

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When you GANG UP is it with leather and metals, beads and chains, found objects and fabric strips? Let the creativity flow!

If you have a favorite gang, snap a pic and I’ll post it here!

Thanks for viewing!

Much love and precious elemental dreams,



What a joy! What a blessing! It’s the season to celebrate family, belonging, and unity.

Silve spinner rings

Gather your sisters and mothers, your brothers and uncles, and what the heck bring your friends and neighbors too!

We hunger to surround ourselves with loved ones, but the house-guest honeymoon only lasts a short while. Share an experience with your family— together. Check out these possibilities!

Try soldered jewelry, guided painting, and ingenious Cicuit Sewing classes…or have something special designed just for your group, during your time frame.

Don’t let the short time you have with family fritter away. Make a plan, lock in a date at JOE’S Garage. Join the Google calendar for easy info on classes! Show those dear humans that you value your time with them. I promise you’ll savor the memories forever. (I take pictures!)

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PMC Empath Ring

Among the new techniques added to JOE’S Garage is Precious Metal Clay—that magical substance that molds like dough, but fires into fine silver works of tiny art.

Slow drying PMC Silver clay is used to mold a memory into fine silver. After curing you will slowly torch fire the dull gray into lustrous fine silver, heating away the organic binder.

You may impress stamps into the soft clay, as in the photo. Names, symbols, leaves, and thumbprints are some possibilities. You may choose, as I have, my Grow Peace stamp as a texture.

Check the calendar for times, and REGISTER for this 2-part class.

Order up!

First Friday Order Deadline 😉

It’s time to JEWELRY SHOP! Get to know RIOGRANDE.COM. I will be putting in an order every month for metals and supplies starting in October. Get me your list! =]


If you’ve taken a class, the Garage is open to you during OPEN STUDIOS for free use of tools you’ve been trained to use, as well as flux and pickle.

You supply the materials for your creation: metals, findings, solder, oh…and saw blades. (You can get solder and blades from me, too.)

There is a lot to be saved by combining our silver, tools, and supplies lists. Quantity equals bulk discounts and much lower shipping, and many of the things that should be on your list just aren’t available within the reach of a day trip.

Solder paste
PMC clay

…if you want to window shop I’ve got the tomes for you! I’ll keep current catalog copies at the Garage, but you are welcome to check out last season’s to take home until the next Open Studio.

Spinner rings: EVERY WEEK

I’m in cahoots with Airbnb. I offer an Airbnb EXPERIENCE every week through November!

Airbnb experiences were designed to offer travelers the inside track to experiencing any location through the eyes of, and in the shoes of, a local host. Airbnb fosters belonging in its home stays and now in its activities!

I chose one of my most popular classes, the Wave Spinner Ring and host it every Thursday or Friday. Registration for these special rate classes, with French press coffee or water, is at

You belong at JOE’S Garage!