by Jean. (Wimberley, TX) Does anyone know if you can safely solder/resolder jewelry cabochon frames that are made from silver plated alloy over brass base jewelry? I have some I bought online from India, and I want to create something different with it. I just want to make sure I don't poison my lungs with it. I am new to the soldering process. Thank you to … [Read more...] about Question About Soldering Alloy Jewelry
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by Diana Stiles. (United States) I use 1/8 and 1/2 inch copper tubing in my jewelry making. I want to "progress" from the hand held tube cutter I use (e.g. from home supply stores) to a Mini Chop/Saw Cutter I read about. Any advice, suggestions for reliable saws? Many thanks! Diana Stiles Diana Stiles Designs … [Read more...] about What Chop/Cut Saw for Cutting Copper Tubing?
by Rena Klingenberg. This hammered metal earrings tutorial includes metalwork techniques as well as a bit of wirework and patina. It's an easy step by step jewelry project, with pretty spectacular results! I would love to see what you create from this tutorial! :) Supplies: Copper sheet, 22 or 24 gauge, at least 65mm x 40mm (2.56" x … [Read more...] about Hammered Metal Earrings (Tutorial)
by George. (Foxholm, ND) This piece is the result of my admiration for my daughter's artistic abilities and wanting to make my own art by including her art in mine. My daughter doodles mandalas and mendhi designs EVERYWHERE. I took one of her creations and etched it on a piece of hand sawn copper then attached the piece to an upcycled leather belt from the thrift … [Read more...] about Inspiration and Collaboration Jewelry
by Dianne Jacques. (Windsor, Vermont) I love to play with metal...heat it, fold it, color it. Here are a couple of cuffs I made. The first is a fold formed cuff I patinated with ammonia and salt; the second fold formed and oxidized with liver of sulfur. Dianne Jacques Divella Designs Divella Designs on Facebook … [Read more...] about Fold Forming and Patina
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
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 Rachael. I've used files for smoothing out things like excess solder and scratches, but I've found that the files always scratch my metal badly, leaving lots of fine but noticeable scratches. Sandpaper / buffing compounds haven't been sufficient remove the original or the new scratches. Can anyone suggest some quality but basic / necessary files and methods to … [Read more...] about Need Help with Scratch Removal on 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