by Dianne Jacques. (Windsor, Vermont) When I started out to make these earrings I had the vision of fusing fine silver drops to the copper discs. I took the heat up a little too far and what resulted was the fine silver completely fusing down. I decided I like the look, and put them in the case for sale. They sold almost immediately and I've had several orders … [Read more...] about Happy Accidents in Jewelry Making
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by Rena Klingenberg. This ear cuff tutorial shows you how to make a versatile, comfortable alternative to standard earrings. Ear cuffs are a popular style for both gals and guys. And they're a good solution for people who can't wear pierced earring styles. When you finish this easy metalwork project, you can attach all sorts of decorative elements to … [Read more...] about Metal Ear Cuff with Dangle (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's a fun way to play with a variety of jewelry patina techniques. We'll use opaque patina inks that are made to adhere to metal. Simply paint or dab the patina ink onto your metal. This is an easy way to create patina effects in a variety of colors. Unlike most patina processes, you can precisely control the outcome … [Read more...] about Jewelry Patina Techniques (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 without having any plan other than to use some of my copper sheet … [Read more...] about Rugged Scrap Metal Necklace (Tutorial)
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 … [Read more...] about Best Heat Press for Transferring Images to Metal?
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 the metal I prepare my acid. I use 1 … [Read more...] about Etched Copper Mandala Earrings with African Turquoise
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 year off & on researching the process, debating about the … [Read more...] about Adventure in Acid Etching
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 love versatile jewelry elements that give me a variety of … [Read more...] about Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace (Tutorial)
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 … [Read more...] about How Can I Use 36-Gauge Copper Sheet?
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 to make Gemstone and silver rings. I have taken soldering … [Read more...] about The Next Step – Metalsmithing
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 make ferric chloride solution and I have nitric acid. Any … [Read more...] about Metal Etching in 8th Grade Science Class?
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 be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Ryan … [Read more...] about Trouble Removing Toner After Etching