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
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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
by Kim Hermann. I am always exploring new ideas in jewelry making and copper etching caught my eye. I cut my pendant shape from copper sheeting (22 gauge works best) then using a sharpie, I drew and filled in my design onto the shape. Etching my design onto the metal pendant requires placing it into an acid bath for 30 minutes, after cleaning the metal pendant with … [Read more...] about Copper Etching Pendant
by Rena Klingenberg. Make this arrowhead pendant with a few basic tools, and finish it off with a leather cord (or chain, if you prefer). This pendant can be worn equally well by both guys and gals! :) In this design, we'll texture the sides of the arrowhead to echo ancient flint-knapped stone arrowheads. Supplies: Copper or brass sheet - 22 or … [Read more...] about Metalwork Arrowhead Pendant (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. In this tutorial we'll create three different darkened looks on jewelry metal, to give them the appearance of oxidizing: We'll give metal a grungy, antiqued appearance: We'll emphasize a surface texture on metal: We'll darken stamped letters on metal: NOTE: We're not actually … [Read more...] about How to Give Metal an Oxidized Look (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's what you need to know to get great results when punching a hole in jewelry sheet metal. Simple Hand Tools for Punching Holes in Jewelry Metals You don't need fancy or expensive tools for punching holes in the most common gauges of jewelry sheet metal. Just make sure the punch is designed for the type and gauge of metal you're … [Read more...] about How to Punch Holes in Metal (Tutorial)
by Sue Shade. (Nebraska USA) I enjoy hammering out copper bracelets and attaching metal components to them. I also enjoy taking premade metal bracelets and metal components and putting them together to make my own unique pieces. I use E6000 glue alone or with rivets to keep them attached. My bracelets are fairly rigid with minimal ability to adjust for size. This … [Read more...] about How I Attach Components to Metal Bracelets
by Rena Klingenberg. We're going to recycle a soda can by turning it into earrings. We'll use a scrapbooking paper punch to cut out shapes from the can: Then we can make chandelier earrings with dangles: . . . or simple earrings with long graceful earwires: Supplies: An empty aluminum beverage can (soda can, etc.). Regular … [Read more...] about Repurposed Aluminum Can Earrings (Tutorial)
by Laurie. (Chicago USA) I'm hoping someone can help as I've been having this issue for more than one year and I can't find answers. I make cuff bracelets where I attach various chains to store bought metal cuffs. I have tried every glue out there including E-6000, jeweler's epoxy, etc. I don't think there is a glue I haven't tried. I have tried sanding the … [Read more...] about Need Help Attaching Chain to Cuff Bracelets
by Sylvia Freedman. (New York USA) My question is when I need to solder a small piece of sterling to a very large piece is there any way to do it without heating the entire large piece? Sylvia Freedman atadaskew … [Read more...] about Soldering Different Sized Components Together: What’s the best way to do it?
by Rena Klingenberg. This grungy metal pendant is made from two stacked hearts: . . . that open to reveal a hidden metal-stamped love letter inside: And of course, you can create your own message in place of my "hugs and kisses" note. We want this finished pendant to look charmingly rustic and grungy - so no need to aim for "perfect" results with any … [Read more...] about Secret Love Letter Pendant (Tutorial)