Rugged Scrap Metal Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. This is a great necklace for men – and also for women. I decided not to clean up the metal surface, to keep its grungy look. It feels both industrial and rustic, and it’s a good project for finishing up odds and ends of metal sheet. I created this piece of jewelry […]

Best Heat Press for Transferring Images to Metal?

by Dorothy Moser. (Maryland) I would like to use a heat press to transfer images to metal which I will then etch. Does anyone use a heat press for this purpose? And if so, what brand and model have you had good success with? Thank you, Dorothy Moser

Etched Copper Mandala Earrings with African Turquoise

by Sandra. (Germantown, WI) My adventures in metal smithing continue with the latest obsession being metal etching. To make these earrings I used copper sheet metal to cut out the circles. I then use my Silhouette Cameo software and machine to design and cut the mandala pattern out of vinyl. After securing the vinyl to […]

Adventure in Acid Etching

by Lady Mockingbird. (Upstate NY) Acid Etching sounds scary just reading the first word, and I was definitely very hesitant to try it. But to improve as a metal smith and jewelry artist often means stretching out of one’s comfort zone, and this process was definitely a big stretch for me. I spent over a […]

Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. We’re going to make a metal crescent moon pendant that can be worn two ways. On the left side of the photo below, the crescent is worn horizontally; on the right, it’s worn vertically with a dangle attached to the bottom: If you’re familiar with my tutorials, you probably know that I […]

How Can I Use 36-Gauge Copper Sheet?

by Edna B. I ordered 2 sheets (3×3″) of copper topaz patina 36 gauge sheet metal. They are very nice. My question: I have no ideas on how to use them because they are so flimsy. I was wanting to use them as a necklace etc. Help would be appreciated! Thanks. Edna B

The Next Step – Metalsmithing

by Janine Gerade. (Holliston, MA) I have been making jewelry for a long time. So long, that it’s just what I do! I am sure you know the feeling. I have always wanted to learn metal smithing. Finally I had enough sales with my beaded jewelry that purchasing the equipment was possible. I am learning […]

Metal Etching in 8th Grade Science Class?

by Jill Luckey. (Beaufort, SC) I’m a science teacher and I have my 8th grade students doing various projects about acids and bases. Acid metal etching jewelry looked interesting to a group and I am trying to determine if it is something they could do. I have a stock room of chemicals and could possibly […]

Trouble Removing Toner After Etching

by Ryan. (Ohio, USA) I’ve etched a couple pieces in aluminum using the marker method and it works great. After the etch the marker can be removed with normal rubbing alcohol. My question is how to remove toner? I’ve tried alcohol, acetone and even automotive brake cleaner and can’t get it off. Any suggestions would […]

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