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.

Be sure to check out the many other techniques and tutorials here, and then stop by the Interweave store to purchase a book, PDF download, video, and much much more!

Inspiration, jewelry tutorials, gemstones, jewelry tools, and other sparkly stuff. You can find all of that and more inside each issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Who can pick ONE favorite part? I love learning about new jewelry tools and supplies, and I learn a lot from seeing how different jewelry artists do things. Not […]

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Do you sometimes get tired of shiny sterling silver and the liver of sulfur (LOS) patina variations? Does the color of copper really excite you, but unfortunately you feel, like me, that copper just doesn’t get the respect it deserves? I love copper and the way it responds to patina and texturing. It’s just fun! […]

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I thought my affection for metal shears was odd until I heard famous foodie Andrew Zimmern’s thoughts on kitchen knives. When student chefs ask which knife is his favorite, Zimmern said, he answers, “my scissors.” With this blog brewing, his answer felt like validation. I feel free to admit that I prefer my shears to […]

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Among those of us “old-time” jewelers who remember when silver was $4 an ounce, there weren’t a lot of us working in copper. So I was a bit late in working with patina, because let’s face it–we don’t get those gorgeous colorful patinas on silver. Maybe it was just my teachers, but we had two […]

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When I see Bill Fretz hammering metal at jewelry shows or in metalsmithing videos, I’m amazed at how effortless he makes it look. But really, who knows how to hammer metal better than the man who has created the world’s most enviable line of jewelry-making tools? Bill’s metalsmithing hammers and stakes are coveted by all […]

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Jeff Fulkerson’s jewelry designs are recognizable and covetable. Jeff’s teaching skills bring an air of relaxation, creativity, and fun to a classroom. I recently had the pleasure of being one of his students during Bead Fest Philly and it was a day to remember. As were the quotes he dropped throughout the day. Jeff on […]

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You probably think of resin jewelry making when you see Susan Lenart Kazmer’s name. It’s for good reason–her name has been part of her ICE Resin brand for years. But when I saw Susan at Bead Fest last month, I was reminded that she is also a trained jewelry artist whose talents span metalwork, wire […]

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A long time ago (about 16 years) in a galaxy far, far away (Wildacres, NC), this girl got to learn some solid new skills from these amazing people (Alan Revere and Christine Dhein). ABOVE: l to r: Christine Dhein, Alan Revere, Sylvia (another attendee), and Tammy Honaman Wildacres Wildacres is a beautiful retreat destination housed […]

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Being able to turn flat metal sheet into curved, dimensional shapes is among a jewelry maker’s most impressive metalsmithing skills. Using only simple tools and elbow grease? Even more impressive! Sometimes referred to as shell forming, it’s like making something from almost nothing–and it feels like one of the most creative things I’ve ever done. […]

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How many new metalsmithing techniques could possibly be developed in a craft as ancient as this one? Not many — and yet, in the 1980s, Charles Lewton-Brain did just that. He invented foldforming. Score, fold, forge, and anneal in various combinations, and then unfold metal sheet to reveal a new form. ABOVE: Jurors’ Choice, Amir […]

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