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Welcome to Spring! Wherever you live, I hope that you are enjoying sunshine and birdsong.

We celebrate the season in this issue with a tutorial from our newest contributor, Marianne Goodall, on how to make your very own silver birdhouses. Marianne dangles tags with messages such as “hope” and “strength” from her miniature houses. To help you in creating your own messages for your jewelry, Martha Biggar shares her experiments in search of the best fonts for making photopolymer plates. Stay tuned next issue, when Martha will share tips on using positive and negative design to create raised and lowered photopolymer impressions.

Colleen White gives us an excuse to go treasure hunting at thrift shops and garage sales with her Molded Button Bracelet tutorial. Be sure to pay attention to Colleen’s trick for using a premade bezel as a pattern for making your own bronze or copper bezel.

Trish Jeffers-Zeh returns to share more ideas on combining ceramics and metal clay in From Noun to Verb, where she takes us on another journey in reconstructing and reimagining a piece of art.

We have lots more tips and tutorials for you, so settle in with some chocolate and enjoy!

Pat Evans