Halstead Jewelry Author Erica

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Erica is the former Studio Coordinator at Halstead. She spent 14 years with the company across a variety of departments but fell in love with metalsmithing. Erica's top tip for new metalsmiths is: "Practice! Be patient with yourself and have fun with it. Don't be afraid to ask questions. All of us at Halstead enjoy helping people whether it's questions on products or technical help in the studio. We're here for you."

Articles by Erica

A Jeweler's Guide to Essential Beading Findings

Learn about beading findings in our educational jewelry guide! When you are beginning beading, the lingo can be overwhelming. Learn the essential vocabulary and common components you will need. Choose the right beading wire, clasps, headpins, and more for your next beading design.

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5 Unisex Designs to Expand Your Jewelry Collection

Trying to find a way to bring in new clientele? Incorporate these 5 unisex designs into your existing jewelry line to expand your collection.

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Jewelry Metal Sheet: Guide to Gauges and Tempers

Unsure of which gauge and temper you need for your next jewelry project? Let us help! Check out our jewelry sheet metal guide for gauges and tempers.

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Why Jewelry Chains Break & How You Can Prevent It

Let's look at why jewelry chains break and ways to prevent it. From common causes to less known culprits, I'll share some helpful tips to extend the life of your favorite jewelry chain.

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Embellishing a Cuff Blank with Pre-made Jewelry Findings

Have fun embellishing a cuff blank with pre-made findings! Sweat solder links, charms, heishes, and more to cuff blanks to create exciting jewelry pieces. Read the tutorial and watch the video here.

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How-to Make Simple Wire Hoop Earrings

Create simple wire hoops using 20-22 gauge sterling silver wire! Hoops are a staple in earring collections and these can be made in a large variety of sizes. Have fun adding hoops to your jewelry designs!

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Jewelry Design Competitions - Entering, Submitting & Helpful Tips

Are you considering entering your first jewelry design competition? Having entered my first contest here's my experience on the matter. From process steps and submitting your work to helpful tips I learned during my experience, read all about the process here.

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Practicing Responsible & Sustainable Jewelry Making

Lessen your impact on the environment by learning about recycled & sustainable jewelry! Learn how to become more eco-friendly by making small, but important changes around your studio.

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Fabricated Wire Clasps - Simple Wire Hook Clasps

Fabricating jewelry clasps opens up a world of jewelry making opportunities! Learn how to create simple s-hook clasps with our step-by-step guide & video.

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Ready-to-Wear Sterling Silver Jewelry for Your Retail Store

Bulk up your retail store with ready-to-wear jewelry pieces! Ready to wear items are great for low price point impulse purchase items making them quick upsells yet easy to stock.

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Texturing on Jewelry Metals

Texturing is a lot of fun! Discover popular ways to texture on jewelry metals. Watch the video below for even more information on this popular jewelry-making technique.

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Why You Need a Jewelry Tumbler in Your Studio

If you love mirror finishes a jewelry bench polisher is the ideal tool for you. But did you also know that it's an excellent tool to work harden your findings, too? In my opinion, this is one tool that every jewelry studio can benefit from.

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Creating Jewelry Finishing Effects - A Sampler of Tool Attachments & Results

Understanding jewelry tools and what each one does can be overwhelming. In this article, we help you navigate through the popular jewelry finishes and the tool attachments you'll need to create them.

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Jewelry Bench Polisher & Attachments

A bench polisher is indispensable in a jewelry studio! Find out why, with this guide to jewelry bench polishing and attachments.

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Tips to Save Money Buying Bulk Jewelry Wire

Save money buying bulk jewelry wire. Check out these money saving tips which cover tarnishing, tangling, and how to avoid waste. Learn how to use a rolling mill to keep your costs down, too.

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Best Beading Tools Used for Making Jewelry

Learn what you need to start beading! We've gathered up a list of the beading tools, components, and supplies you'll want to have ready. We also have a video on finishing your beaded jewelry ends along with lots of helpful tips.

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Setting Up Your Wire Wrapping Jewelry Studio

Ready to wire wrap? Get prepared with this article! We've covered the studio area, gauges of wire, beginner tools and some materials that you can use when wire wrapping.

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5 Creative Uses for Jump Rings in Jewelry Making

Play around with jump rings!  I had a fun day playing in the studio with a few extra jump rings I had. Just laying them out on the bench and moving them around  brought up a few ideas. These are quick assembly and soldering pieces that are perfect for beginners.

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