Techniques and Tips

Jewelry Making
Techniques are actual jewelry-making methods whereas tips are handy habits to improve your overall craft.

Etched Copper Pendant star
Be your own designer and make an etched copper pendant in 6 easy steps. This unique piece is easier to make than you think. Both beginners and seasoned jewelry makers will enjoy this project. These versatile pieces can be sold or given as gifts to family and friends. Art that will be admired!

Fold Form Copper Earring Project star
Learn fold forming, as you create this beautiful pair of copper leaf earrings. This technique will result in a unique and beautiful piece of art. You will be intrigued, experiencing your metal changing into a three-dimensional shape, as you work with the copper.

Introduction to Faux Bezels star
Faux bezels have a contemporary look and allow flexibility in your designing. Multiple elements can be added to the setting. Best of all, it is a fun and straight forward technique. If you can solder and saw you are ready to take your jewelry making to the next level.

New to the Jewelry Making Site? star
Become a skillful jewelry artist as you learn from my projects, new tips and book reviews. I have a lot of ideas to share. Watch for my weekly articles and newsletters. As always, you also have great ideas that will be helpful to our readers. Be sure to visit the jewelry making forum. Welcome.

Polishing Sterling Silver with a Rock Tumbler star
Read about how I use a professional-model rock tumbler to polish handmade sterling silver jewelry and components.

Techniques - Beading, Peyote Stitch star
How to do the peyote bead-weaving stitch.

Techniques - Chain Mail Jewelry Basics star
The basics of making this easy, yet intricate, jewelry, can be stated in two words – jump rings!

Techniques - Chain Mail Jewelry, Byzantine Chain star
How to create a Byzantine chain out of unsoldered jump rings

Tips - Chain Mail Jewelry, Byzantine Chain Appearance and Care star
Tips to make your Byzantine chain made from unsoldered jump rings look professional.

Tips - Cord and Beading Thread Organization star
Tips for keeping cord and beading thread organized, untangled, and ready for use.

Tips - Oxidizing Sterling Silver for an Antique Look star
Learn how to add an oxidized finish to a sterling silver connector and bead-link necklace.

Tips - Polymer Clay Safety Precautions star
Polymer clay is affordable and easy to use - and it hardens right in your kitchen oven. Unfortunately, it also contains chemicals known to be hazardous. Learn whether polymer clay might pose a risk to your health or our environment.

Tips - Take Care of Your Hands star[offsite link]
Jewelers, gem cutters, and bead makers use countless tools in their work. Many are specific to the individual trades, but there is one tool common to all: hands. Your hands may well be the most valuable tools you´ll ever own.

Tips - Wire Work star
Things to know about wire work.

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