Metalsmithing

We have gathered together loads of metalsmithing techniques, tips, tutorials, tricks, and hacks from the top jewelry-making artists, and have provided them for you here. Learn how to make Lexi Erickson’s Gingko Leaf Pendant. Find several posts on metalsmithining essentials from Tom and Kay Benham. Get tips for removing fire scale from Kate Richbourg.

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10 Jewelry Designs with Texture You Can See

Many moons ago when I was a little kid, I was mesmerized by smooth, shiny surfaces. I didn’t think of things that felt uneven to the touch as richly textured. I thought of them as bumpy, lumpy, and rough. At the time, brightly polished wasn’t the greatest thing in my opinion alone: the culture as […]

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There’s a fossil gem that looks like precious opal? Classic jackets for turning studs into dangling earrings are back? Or maybe it’s bracelet-making tools you’re after. From learning pierced overlay, making a wire-wrapped ring, or cutting a cabochon, to getting an eyeful of upcycled jewelry designs made with materials most people throw out, we’ve got […]

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In this corner: a pair of Miland Suess synclastic forming pliers, over eight inches long and weighing 15 ounces. In the other corner, a 6×6-inch sheet of 24-gauge copper and a couple ounces of scrap sterling silver. Place your bets for this matchup of jewelry pliers and supplies; then sit back as I attempt five […]

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Get those seashells out of that box and make something beautiful with them–such as fossil jewelry like this Anadara pendant! By Jim Landon One cool, misty summer morning a few years back, my wife Kerry and I were walking a southern Oregon beach at low tide. We started picking up pieces of a most interesting […]

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Make a brass and bronze bracelet featuring the battering ram ancestor with the hardest head By Roger Halas Picture two male rams facing off in the mountains of Colorado. They rush each other, and we hear the resonating crack of their skulls slamming into each other at high speed. Turn the clock back 75 million […]

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Master fusing sterling silver wire and sheet for unique designs with a signature look By Linda Lurcott I love jewelry making! And I love using techniques that produce organic-looking results. My first torch was so hot (too hot, actually) that it gave me organic results alright–usually by melting. Fortunately, when I joined the Pennsylvania Society […]

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There’s nothing new under the sun, most will tell you. But in jewelry trends and jewelry design, sometimes certain styles reappear more vividly, capturing many imaginations along the way. ABOVE: openwork brooch by Suzanne Williams. Hot Jewelry Trends: Openwork One of the most popular jewelry trends at the Tucson gem shows this season, especially by […]

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Continued from part one of Metalsmithing: Tool Makers, Legends, and Insight on Hammering from Bill Fretz On a recent trip to Tucson, I had the pleasure of spending time with another metalsmithing toolmaker and legend, Bill Fretz. I’ve visited Bill’s booth before, but this time I was able to spend more time with him and […]

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Add dimension, color, and lots of life to earrings by doming the metal and adding faceted gems. Prong setting gemstones is easy using a versatile new gem setting system from Sam Patania. Sparkling in 3D: Prong Setting Gemstones on Domed Earrings By Sam Patania from the January/February issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Opening photo […]

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As I learn more about technology, I find myself combining old and new, such as the cat I carved during a class in Maine with Kate Wolf. (See page 90 in the March/April issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.) It’s wax carving meets 3D printing for jewelry. Even though I’m not fluent in the language […]

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