Making Metal Jewelry: Projects, Techniques, Inspiration
Description: These metal necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings are cold-connected, or crafted with such easy-to-learn skills as piercing, sawing, riveting and joining, with explanations clear enough for the beginning jeweller yet results professional enough for an expert. Learn metal texturing and finishing techniques such as chasing, etching and adding a patina. Find out how to make simple settings for pearls, beads and stones. Then set your creativity free on projects like a Circle Brooch with Thorn Clasp; Layered Cuff Bracelet and Polka Dot Tube Earrings.
When you first get a new piece of sheet solder, color code it. Use permanent marking pens to completely cover both sides: red for hard, black for medium and blue for easy. Then when you cut snippets you can easily locate them if they drop into your tray as well as identify their melting temperature. The ink disappears without a trace when heated during soldering. Do this on all your solders; color coding wire solder and even tubes of paste solder.