Alternative Metals: Free Guide and Projects for Making Bronze, Brass, and Copper Jewelry
I can’t imagine any jewelry maker is happy about the price of silver (and don’t get me started on gold being nearly the price of platinum!), but at least one good thing has come of it: Alternative metals like copper, brass, and bronze are getting their chance to shine, and you’ll get four free project tutorials using those alternative metals in our newest free eBook, Alternative Metal Jewelry: Free Guide and Projects for Bronze, Brass, and Copper Jewelry.
Base metals have been making their way into the world of jewelry for several years now. The popularity of brass jewelry has surely been helped by it being such a good alternative to gold jewelry. Brass is a favorite of mine, along with copper, because they are ideal for torch enameling. The patinas I can achieve on copper sheet with just a torch flame or a few household items, like salt and vinegar, made me a fan of the medium—plus copper takes texture like a dream. Stainless steel jewelry can resemble silver jewelry at a fraction of the cost and doesn’t pose the same allergy issues that some other white metals can, but stainless steel isn’t as easy to work with as brass, bronze, and copper.
Stainless steel isn’t as easy to work with, however, as many other alternative metals gaining popularity in jewelry making, such as bronze, brass, and copper. Brass jewelry is a very close alternative to gold jewelry, and as more jewelry makers add brass to their repertoire, brass wire and brass jewelry findings are becoming more common in the jewelry supply market. Brass is a particular favorite of mine, along with copper, because they are ideal for torch enameling. The patinas I can achieve on copper sheet with just a torch flame or a few household items like salt and vinegar have made me a fan of copper jewelry, plus copper takes texture like a dream and it’s very forgiving to work with. The hardware store is a great source for very affordable copper and brass findings for making jewelry, as well. I like seeing what’s offered and then finding a way to use it in alternative jewelry making.
Projects on Alternative Metals You’ll Find Inside:
How to Solder Copper
Soldering the Copper Metals By Lexi Erickson
Did you know it’s safe to put copper and silver jewelry in the same pickle pot together? Learn the dos and don’ts of soldering copper jewelry and other metal jewelry in an in-depth, illustrated tutorial from Lexi Erickson.
How to Chase Copper
Copper Chased Pendant By Tom & Kay Benham
Chasing and repoussé are ancient jewelry making techniques that continue to create beautiful modern jewelry. It’s ideal for use in copper jewelry making because of copper’s softness, and this tutorial from Tom & Kay Benham is a great introduction to the fun technique.
How to Make a Brass Bracelet
Torus Top Cuff by Bill Fretz
This gorgeous brass bracelet has a secret–the eye-catching circle design on the top doubles as the clasp. Learn to form curvy shapes from flat metal sheet in this tutorial by the king of hammers and stakes, Bill Fretz.
How to Make a Copper and Aluminum Necklace
Sawn Aluminum and Copper Necklace By Helen I. Driggs
Imagine the pretty little tinkling sound this copper and aluminum necklace must make, thanks to the movement it has through wire cold connections. This low-cost, no-torch alternative metals jewelry project by Helen Driggs is ideal for beginners who want some practice with a jeweler’s saw.
Whether you’re already a fan of alternative metals or need a little convincing, you’ll enjoy all the step-by-step projects in our new alternative metals jewelry-making guide, so download your free copy of Alternative Metal Jewelry: Free Guide and Projects for Bronze, Brass, and Copper Jewelry now!