Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making Techniques

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Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making Techniques

  • A Tribute to Bench Jewelers

    Dear Reader, I have spent a lot of time in the back rooms of jewelry stores and watched several bench jewelers at their trade. While I am a pretty good goldsmith, their skill level boggles my mind. I remember visiting my friend Dave. We spent a…

  • How to Make a Beaded Necklace

    Necklaces are the most eye-catching pieces of jewelry. Their size, combined with brilliant colors, makes them easy to see and admire. In spite of this, they are the easiest jewelry projects, requiring only a few hand tools. The materials run from…

  • “Skulls!,” wax models, by Jessa and Mark Anderson is licensed under CC By 2.0
    Centrifugal and Vacuum Casting For Jewelry: A Step-By-Step Guide

    Why Try Wax Casting? Wax casting is a technique used by artists to create sculptures large and small. A wax model of an object is used to create a mold. Then, molten metal can be poured into the mold to create the sculpture. This technique has…

  • Make a Bracelet

    This article is compliments of the Wire Artist Jeweler. If you would like to learn more about wire wrapping, go to their web site at www.wag.on.ca. Simple Beginners’ Project This Beginners’ Project was published in the March 1999 issue…

  • Polishing Metals 

    90% of the quality is in the last 10% of the work. A brilliant polish is the last and one of the most important steps in finishing a piece of fine jewelry. A high polish dazzles the eye and creates desire. It says, “Look at me, I am…

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    Prong Setting Gems: A Beginner’s Guide 

    Using prongs is the most common way to secure a gem to a jewelry piece. Learn basic prong setting procedures and how to make a variety of adjustments.

  • Soldering Precious Metals 

    Soldering is one of the most useful techniques a metal smith can have. It is used both to create new pieces and to repair damaged jewelry. Your torch can also be used for annealing. What a jeweler calls soldering, would be called welding in…

  • The Wire Artist Jeweller

    This article is compliments of the Wire Artist Jeweler. If you would like to learn more about wire wrapping, go to their web site at www.www.wirejeweler.com. Sample Beginners’ Project This Beginners’ Project was published in the March 1999…

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    Top three money-saving ways to clean your jewelry

    A friend of mine used to own a lumber mill. He made over $200,000 a year in the 1960’s. He would chuckle and say that, “No matter how much money you make, you can’t afford everything you want.” It’s true; everyone has a budget. No matter how large…

  • Whoops! Where did it go? A guide to finding lost stones.

    Scene: A small apartment. A budding gemologist sits at the dining table, examining his new prize. Suddenly, but almost silently, the gem disappears from the tweezers. Heartbroken, our young gemologist begins franticly searching for his lost prize….

  • Robert casts some Platinum

    Robert casts some Platinum This is a quickie, the day the Kraft Masters were setting up Robert who is the plant manager at Precious Metals West (PMT) cast a platinum ring he was working on… Here is Daniel mixing plaster with a vacumm mixer…

  • Precious Metal Clay with Carl Stanley Part #2

    Precious Metal Clay with Carl Stanley Part #2 Left – Is a picture of a PMC pin that Carl made while he was giving the demonstration. Note: The stone is a piece of red CZ and was put into the piece of jewelry and fired. Heat does not bother…

  • Precious Metal Clay with Carl Stanley

    Precious Metal Clay with Carl Stanley To be honest I was not that interested in Precious Metal Clay before I saw this demonstration. It was very informative and I can see a lot of unique applications for it (now)… Precious Metal Clay is just…

  • Mokume-Gane Metal Techniques with James Binnion

    Mokume-Gane Metal Techniques with James Binnion Of all the demonstrations this is the one I wanted to see. I have always been fascinated by this metal working process. This is a very old technique of fusing various different metals together…

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    Best Colored Gemstones for Engagement Rings

    Break free from the traditional when you choose a colored stone for your engagement ring in lieu of the classic diamond. However, before you choose your gemstone based on aesthetics only, there are a few considerations to weigh, including which…

  • Enameling by David C. Freda

    Enameling by David C. Freda This year at Kraftwerks (2004) David C. Freda was there to give demonstrations on enameling. David is a very well known metal smith, artist, and naturalist. His work is considered some of the best in the world. Many…

  • Casting Platinum Sterling – A New Alloy

    One of the major reasons for attending Kraftwerks is to learn what is new in the industry. This year was no different… Casting Platinum Sterling (925) – A New Alloy This year at Kraftwerks (2004) the refiners of a brand new alloy were there to…

  • The Techniques of Master Wire Wrapping

    Book Review By Gerald L. Wykoff GG CSM Gerald Wykoff has gained worldwide recognition for his “Master’s” series of gemological and lapidary books. The first, Beyond the Glitter, was a best seller and still ranks as one of the most informative…

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