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 making earrings or any other "two-of-a kind" pieces with wire, you can save yourself considerable time by making both pieces at one time. Just lay your wires side-by-side and tape them together at both ends. Then, use your pliers to work the wires into the desired shape. When you've achieved the result you're looking for, remove the tape and voila! You now have two perfectly matched pieces that took you half the time it would normally have taken.