Free Jewelry Dictionary: Crack the Code

Do you know what a boule is? Have you ever heard of a collet hammer? What’s the difference between iridescence and luster? There are hundreds if not thousands of terms, techniques, and tool names specific to metalsmithing and working with gemstones, and we’ve compiled every one we could think of into this handy downloadable and […]

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FREE Etched Jewelry Guide

Etching might be the most versatile way to add texture, pattern, interest, and one-of-a-kind-ness to your metal jewelry designs. With etched jewelry, you’re not limited by the patterns or textures you can achieve through hammering, with rolling plates, or pre-patterned metals you buy from jewelry suppliers. Rubber stamps add a lot of options to etching […]

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In our free eBook, Jewelry Soldering Basics, you’ll learn all about what solder is and how it works to adhere one piece of metal to another. You’ll learn the different kinds of solder used in soldering jewelry, such as hard, easy, and medium solder, etc., but you’ll also learn the forms that jewelry solder is […]

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Free Guide to Jewelry Design

Anyone can combine raw materials and techniques to create jewelry. However, the ability to take an idea and create a rendering of your piece takes you from jewelry maker to designer. There comes a time when jewelry makers strive to improve their ability to translate designs to a sketchbook. This is the foundation for jewelry […]

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Guess what? We’ve just updated and re-released one of our most popular free eBooks, Silversmithing Techniques: 3 Free Silver Jewelry Making Projects plus Bonus Silver Findings Projects. It provides step-by-step instructions with close-up photos to teach you how to make silver jewelry with three free silversmithing projects, plus a detailed list of the silversmith’s supplies […]

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Free Guide on How to Enamel Jewelry

Apparently, I was a strange little girl. I remember being enamored with cloisonné and enameled jewelry at a very young age—at seven or eight years old, which seems really young to be interested in (or even aware of) such a sophisticated and uncommon art form. Thirty-cough-something years later, my unusually early interest in cloisonné and […]

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5 Techniques for Making Polymer Clay Jewelry

Are you looking for an affordable, versatile, forgiving medium to add to your jewelry-making toolbox? I’ll just say it: Polymer clay is the most versatile jewelry-making material in the whole world. It can resemble about any other jewelry-making material. This type of clay can also be combined with other jewelry supplies easily including wire, metal, […]

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To solder or fuse, that’s the question! Literally. It’s a question that my students ask quite often. Since fusing and soldering are high on my list of go-to metalsmithing techniques, I want to share some of my observations with you and discuss the differences and the merits of each method. Soldering involves joining metal using […]

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