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JewelsI'm Karen L. Cohen, an enamelist, beader, embroiderer and author with over 35 years experience creating my various pieces - jewelry, buttons and much more. I started iwth cloisonne enamel and then progressed to other forms of enameling making boxes, flatware serving pieces, wall pieces and sculpture, some with wearable parts. In 2002 I wrote a book on enameling, The Art of Fine Enameling. My workBeaded Mask changed again when I fell in love with bead embroidery and then silk ribbon embroidery, and now I'm also creating crazy quilts and using machine and hand thread embroidery. What's next? Only the universe knows. But I do use these skills to create many different types of pieces, including dolls.


Basic Table of contents:

  • Studio Buttons: Buttons in fabric (beaded), enamels and metal for button collectors
  • Artwork Index: on-line artwork
  • Teachng: I teach at an art camp, Camp Med-O-Lark, for visual and performing arts. Every summer we are looking for counselors - enameling, beading, metals and more. See our flyer for details. I also teach both enameling and beading at the John C. Campbell Folk School - like a kids camp but for adults; I usually teach in late March or early April. Here is more info.
  • Bead Knowledge Center: Bead Info for those of you that are in-love with beads, here's all the scoop.
  • Enamel Education: Do you know what enamel is? Would you like to read about the various types of enamelling, like cloisonne, plique-a-jour, champleve, basse taille and more? It's really amazing how many different enameling techniques exist. I only use vitreous enamels, mainly leaded colors. I specialize in cloisonne, but also work in other techniques and in non-leaded liquid crackle enamels.
  • Weigth WatchersHeathly Eating: I'm interested in healthy eating and have some low fat Weight Watcher type food on the my site. Try out my list and some recipes. I add new ones frequently so check back again.
  • Working with others: I work with other jewelers to create their designs where they need enamels, but are not enamelists themselves. And I have a set of un-set jewels for anyone topurchase - some are doll faces.
  • Book - The Art of Fine Enameling: my book was published in 2002, had 2 printings and is now out of print.
  • Great Clothing: I have a friend that sells the most wonderful clothing. If you want to order any of these, just email Suzy.

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