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Metalsmith Melissa Muir gives tips on working with jewelry wire and a step-by-step guide on how to create a wire cuff.
May 09, 2019

Jewelry Wire Work Tips from Melissa Muir

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

Learn wire jewelry frame fabrication tips from one of our preferred studio teachers, Melissa Muir. She shows you step by step how to make this gorgeous wire work cuff using Halstead’s Sterling silver supplies and a beautiful cabochon!

How do you set-up a wire wrapping studio? From setting up your work area to basic supplies, we cover a lot of information in this article.
May 03, 2019

Setting Up Your Wire Wrapping Jewelry Studio

by Erica Stice

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.

Jump rings are a popular finding in jewelry making designs. Check out this article to find more simple ways to incorporate them into your pieces.
April 26, 2019

5 Creative Uses for Jump Rings in Jewelry Making

by Erica Stice

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.

Whether you're a beginner or experienced, these studio schools will help advance your jewelry making skills with a variety of class options.
February 26, 2019

Halstead's Preferred Studio Schools

by Ashley Maldonado

We have developed great relationships with jewelry making schools all over the country. They offer a range of 1 day workshops to multi-week classes with experienced instructors.

Julie Sanford is the Halstead Catalog featured metalsmith! She stopped by and gave us some great tips for sawing in the jewelry studio.
January 29, 2019

Learn Sawing From Our 2019 Featured Metalsmith, Julie Sanford

by Ashley Maldonado

We are proud to present Julie Sanford as the 2019 Halstead Catalog featured metalsmith. Learn more about Julie, check out her tips for using the jeweler's saw, and watch her demo video in this article.

Using a rolling mill in jewelry. From imprinting designs and rolling your own gauges to the main problems that occur if your not careful.
December 18, 2018

5 Ways to Use a Rolling Mill in your Jewelry Studio and Maintenance Primer

by Erica Stice

Rolling mills and jewelry studios go hand in hand. Some jewelers use their rolling mills to imprint patterns on an annealed metal sheet. Others use a rolling mill as the raw material workhorse of their studios.  See these and more uses in action.

Use pre-made jewelry findings in new and creative ways with these inspiration and tips in this guest blog from Metalwerx Studio!
December 04, 2018

Get Creative With Pre-Made Jewelry Components!

by Paulette Werger

Get inspired to look at findings in a whole new way! Paulette Werger ran a workshop "Creative uses for Premade Components" and you'll love some of the ideas she and her students came up with.

Shaping fancy and pattern wires, soldering tips and choosing the right jewelry making tools to shape and form the wire links with.
September 04, 2018

Fancy Jewelry Wires: Shaping & Soldering Wire Links

by Erica Stice

Fancy wires are versatile jewelry studio materials. Check out this week's blog to see design ideas and learn how to shape and solder fancy wire links.

Want to learn how to set raw crystals into sterling silver findings? We take you through three separate settings, ranked simple to hardest, in this blog.
August 14, 2018

3 Ways to Set Raw Crystal Points using Sterling Silver Findings

by Erica Stice

Use gallery end caps and bead cones to create simple, striking drop earrings or challenge yourself with a center banded technique. The star of each piece is the raw crystal adorning each one.

Be inspired by Eva Sherman's creative approach to using soldered jump rings in a whole new way for your jewelry making designs.
May 08, 2018

Eva Sherman's Spectacular Soldered Jump Rings

by Katie Hacker

Make whimsical jewelry designs with silver jump rings and stone settings. Practice your soldering skills and flex your creativity with this inspiring technique from Eva Sherman.

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