Blue Dragon

My son is crazy about dragons. During our visit to Brazil in 2010, we went to a ceramics workshop and constructed this dragon together. After fired, we painted it with acrylics and added decorative baubles all over it. I swear he did most of the work! "Blue Dragon" - Ceramics, acrylics, epoxy and found objects - 2010

By Eni Oken and son.

New features at JewelryLessons.com!

We just released a series of much requested new features!

1) Write a tutorial review: this feature allows users who have bought a tutorial to write a personal review about it, while showing their star ratings explicitly. It is available at all tutorial description pages.

Tutorial Review Guidelines

2) Favorites list: registered users can add tutorials or gallery projects to their favorites list. Available in the new Tool box.

3) New TOOL Box: streamlines utilities such as Add to Favorites, Share and Bookmark, etc. Available at all tutorial and gallery project description pages.

4) Link to download free and your paid tutorials: find the link to download all free tutorials and also the ones you bought inside the new Tool box (as well as in your Downloads area). Available only to users who have bought tutorials.

5) “Request a Tutorial” voting: fun new feature available in the Gallery Tool box. Request a tutorial of your favorite designs by adding a vote to the counter. Only one vote per user per gallery entry is allowed. Only registered users can vote.

6) Add images to articles: you can now upload and insert images into articles!

IMPORTANT: Although we have tested these features extensively, on occasion, minor glitches may occur. Contact us if you run into any problems!

Enjoy!
Eni Oken

JL's Rewards program: Points for purchases

JewelryLessons.com has new an upgraded Rewards Program -- not only those who contribute to the site with content earn points, but also those who purchase tutorials. This much requested feature allows loyal and supporting students to receive points which they can use to pay for tutorials and other benefits.
It's just our way of saying "thank you dear students, for supporting our site and our Teachers!".
Find more information about the updated Rewards program at Jewelrylessons.com.

US Father's day coming up

With Mother's day long gone, it's time to think of new ideas for Father's day. This month, running from Mid May until June 15th, JL's Expressions monthly theme is "For Him".

We have a new format for Expressions too: as an encouragement for students to learn a new technique, all participants now must post their pieces based on a JL tutorial.

Read the instructions to the new theme of the month here:
JewelryLessons's Expressions Monthly Event: FOR HIM.

For ideas on how to create jewelry for men, read this article: Creating jewelry for men. The article contains a list of the tutorials which can be adapted for this Expressions event.


Be Cleopatra's Jeweler!


Jodi and Franchezka, the hosts of JewelryLessons.com's Expressions monthly themed event, invite you to become the Jeweler for one of the most celebrated personalities of ancient history: Cleopatra. Learn a little about her life and work on a themed piece of jewelry during the month of April, 2009. Click here for more information: Be one of Cleopatra's Jewelers!

Redeem your points!


Redeem your points at Jewelrylessons.com for benefits -- amount of points required have been REDUCED: becoming a Featured Artist for a week costs only 100 points; featuring a tutorial on the home page for a week costs also only 100 points and finally, becoming the Artist of the Month costs only 250 points. These values are lower only during the months of March and April, but you can choose to be featured at ANY OPEN DATE.

To redeem your points, simply go to My Profile/Redeem points. Check mark the appropriate benefit and choose the date. Redeem my points at JewelryLessons.com (you must be a registered member for this link to work).

Flower Power -- Jewelry Tutorials!

Maybe it's because I want spring to come soon, maybe I'm inspired by the new monthly challenge Expressions, hosted at Jewelrylessons.com by Jodi and Franchezka, which has the theme "hippie" for March: here are four different tutorials dabbling in the "flower power" theme.
Enjoy!

Flower Child Tutorial, by Linda Rosa


Briolette Flower Tutorial, by Eni Oken


Flower Power Earrings Tutorial by April Whited


Beaded Flower Tutorial by Eni Oken

JewelryLessons.com's Expressions


JewelryLessons.com's Expressions is a monthly themed event, run by recently assigned masters Jodi Bombardier and Franchezka Westwood. Each month, members are encouraged to participate in this inspirational and fun challenge, by creating a piece of jewelry based on a theme. The first event happens during the month of March 2009 and the theme is "hippie!".
Check out the full details of this event: JL.com's Expressions: a Monthly Themed Challenge.

Ads on JewelryLessons.com

Although I have always been against the littering of websites by advertisement, the reality of today's economy inevitably knocks on all doors: ads support websites and the financial cost it takes to maintain them. So, I am opening the site for advertisement situations. Hopefully these ads will be placed in locations where they will not be too obtrusive for users, but still very valuable for advertisers.

The first series of ads is from Project Wonderful, where advertisers can bid (yes, like an auction!) for the ad spots. This initial block of ads is placed at the footer of the site and present in almost every single page of JewelryLessons.com (we are talking thousands of actual pages and currently 50 thousand visitors per month).

Although the footer does not seem like prime real-estate, remember this: when members COMMENT on gallery, questions, tips and tutorials of this site, they are required to scroll down to post comments, so they WILL see the ads. When non-registered visitors READ those comments, they tend to read the entire thread and WILL see the ads as well.

If you are interested in becoming an advertiser, there is a small link below the ads which will take you to Project Wonderful site. (This is also an excellent tip if you are interested in offering advertisement on your own blog or site). Here is a direct link to bid on these spots: JewelryLessons.com ads.

Thanks!
Eni Oken

"Make me a Jewel" on Facebook


Enjoy the latest fun JewelryLessons.com gadget on Facebook: now you can send virtual work-in-progress jewels to your Facebook friends. This is a virtual gift application where you can show how much you love a friend by sending them a picture of a jewel being constructed. All gifts will show images of jewelry being made by the loving hands of JewelryLessons.com artisans.

(For those not familiar with the Facebook applications, these are fun VIRTUAL gifts you can send to your friends).
To send your friend a virtual jewel, go to: JewelryLessons.com's Facebook "Make me a Jewel".

Eni Oken: Live Interview

The interview yesterday at Jewelry Connection was SO MUCH fun! If you missed it, then check out this link here: Eni Oken Live Interview. It lasted about 113 minutes. We covered a little bit of artistic background, a little bit about JewelryLessons.com and also a lot on techniques and how individual pieces were constructed. If the sound is a little low, just raise the volume of your speakers.
Also, check out this video compiled by Mona Hair, used during the Interview yesterday:
Featured Artist at Jewelry Connection: Eni Oken.

Radio Show -- check it out now!

I will be giving a live interview TODAY: a review of work and discussion about the new JewelryLessons.com site on The Jewelry Connection, which is an online radio talk show for jewelry artisans run by Mona Hair.


Date: February 15th, 2009
Show Time: 12pm PST - 2pm CST - 3pm EST 9pm in most of Europe, 8pm in the UK
Location: http://www.nowlive.com/showid/63074

When you go to the site, slide the Open Audio bar to the far left upon entering the broadcast room. Hit F5 on your keyboard to reset the broadcast room if videos won't load from the media files. F5 usually fixes anything that isn't functioning properly for you! Click on the media tab at top left in the broadcast room to open a double panel of videos and pictures that are already viewable there!

VALENTINE'S CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED!


The winners of the 2009 JewelryLessons.com Valentine's Contest were final announced! Bobbi and Spike were the winners with their beautiful joint piece, "You made me whole". Spike worked on the stones while Bobbi set them in a beautiful frame.
Sandy won the second place with her touching piece "A Mother's Tears", which is a woven heart with a deep red garnet in the center. And finally, JudyR won the third place with her gorgeous triple heart bracelet entitled "Trio of Hearts".
Check out all the Winners and all the Finalists too.

Online Radio Show: You are invited!

I will be giving a live interview this coming Sunday: a review of work and discussion about the new JewelryLessons.com site on The Jewelry Connection, which is an online radio talk show for jewelry artisans run by Mona Hair.

Date: February 15th, 2009
Show Time: 12pm PST - 2pm CST - 3pm EST 9pm in most of Europe, 8pm in the UK
Location: http://www.nowlive.com/showid/63074

When you go to the site, slide the Open Audio bar to the far left upon entering the broadcast room. Hit F5 on your keyboard to reset the broadcast room if videos won't load from the media files. F5 usually fixes anything that isn't functioning properly for you! Click on the media tab at top left in the broadcast room to open a double panel of videos and pictures that are already viewable there!

Star Rating system

It has come to our attention through various isolated events that the star rating system may not be working properly. Even when a post is given highest stars several times, it the system does not always update the star display properly and tends to show the lowest average rating.

The issue has been submitted to tech support for investigation and hopefully it will be addressed soon. Since it is a complex programming module, please have patience while we address the situation.

This seems to happen only when there is more than one person rating, and has not happened on the first time the post is rated.

We apologize profoundly if this has caused unhappiness or frustration...!