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.
Extend the usefulness of your files by creating "safe" edges on them. Using a large grinding wheel or sanding belt, remove the teeth from one of the cutting edges, leaving a smooth, non-abrasive surface (take care not to overheat your files while grinding). This will enable you to file in tight areas without effecting adjacent surfaces. You can also use this technique to fine-tune files that already have safe edges but the teeth of the cutting edge(s) may extend beyond the safe edge.