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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After years–wow, it’s actually decades now–of working in the crafts/maker industry, I’ve picked up so many favorite techniques, materials, and genres along the way. So my happiest projects to work on are usually ones that combine two or more favorites. Paper ephemera with metal? Gem beads in fiber art? Found objects with resin or fine […]

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Does your mind wander when you are doing repetitive jewelry making tasks at the bench? Mine does. In fact, my mind recently wandered over to the computer, researching jewelry tools. By the time I was done, I knew why modern anvils don’t ring and why bench blocks bounce. ABOVE: Parts of an anvil. From The Art […]

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An alien pendant jewelry design celebrates extraterrestrials By Roger Halas It’s a symbol recognized throughout the world: the egg-shaped head, the almond eyes, the tiny mouth, the gray skin. We all know it, and the mere sight of it brings up the notion of intelligent life existing somewhere else in the Universe. Ever since an […]

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Create a silver frame stone setting for an agate pendant By Erica Stice This easy-to-make piece features a slice of agate surrounded by an oxidized pattern wire frame stone setting that is hanging from a Korean-style finished necklace. Experiment with stone settings by creating a frame and making prongs to hold slices and other similar, […]

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Advanced metalsmithing: create a necklace with three small geodes that move freely inside a silver frame By Erica Stice Three geodes (baby and tabasco) hang from a large sterling silver pattern and round wire frame. The piece features eight 4mm black agates set in tube bezels, and the entire frame drops from a wide sterling […]

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Explore jewelry design development by making two different brass pendants from the same start By Bill Fretz Designing a line of jewelry is about finding a theme. In this exercise, we’ll explore using a jewelry design concept in different ways to form two pendants. Each design starts with a basic freeform leaf. One interprets this […]

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Step up your ring design game with a ladder shank Silver Rungs of Success By Jeff Fulkerson I confess I’m one of those—the type who looks at a piece of jewelry and immediately turns it over to see what’s happening on the back. When I see a beautiful ring someone has made and then find […]

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