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All you need to know about spring ring clasps – we cover the construction, benefits, and tips for the proper care and usage.
May 02, 2022

Spring Rings: All you Need to Know

by Sylvie Alusitz

Learn everything you need to about spring ring clasps to help you make an informed decision. This post covers the construction, the benefits, and tips for the proper care and usage.

Let's go over some of the most popular jewelry finishing effects that you can achieve when creating jewelry pieces. From pumice and patinas to satin and mirror finishes, I'll show you how to create simple jewelry finishes.
July 30, 2019

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

by Erica Stice

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.

Soldering gold-filled can be problematic. It requires knowledge and training. Read this article for how to solder gold-filled jewelry.
March 26, 2019

Soldering Gold-Filled: Tips for Success & Troubleshooting

by Erica Stice

We receive more questions about gold-filled items than any other products here at Halstead. We have addressed many material issues in past articles. But, this piece will focus on how to solder gold-filled jewelry items and the issues that may arise. Soldering gold-filled is tricky and requires knowledge about the material before you attempt it. Briefly, we will also discuss other hot topics dealing with gold-filled items such as sanding, filing, and cleaning.

Stopper beads are the ideal findings to make adjustable bracelets or lariat necklaces. Use stopper beads to create slide clasps for your jewelry.
April 03, 2018

Add Value with Adjustable Slider Clasps

by Erica Stice

Learn how to use slider beads to create adjustable tassel bracelets and lariat necklaces. These clever jewelry findings open up new design possibilities.

Learn tips for chain finishing to make necklaces or other jewelry from bulk footage chain lengths. See how to solder chains for secure clasp connections.
August 28, 2017

Tips for Chain End Finishing

by Erica Stice

Find instructions and tips on finishing footage chain! Large and small chain links are covered including different chain styles and finishing techniques.

Flex shaft attachments can be overwhelming! Learn which ones you need in your jewelry studio along with techniques and tips for jewelry finishing.
May 02, 2017

Flex Shaft Attachments for Finishing

by Erica Stice

A flex shaft (or Dremel) rotary is one of the most indispensable metalsmithing tools in the jewelry studio . We use flex shafts for sanding, polishing, cutting and drilling. They shave time off in the studio so we can move on to other projects. I love our flex shaft but ...

Learn about surface finishes used on jewelry to improve products or create interesting visual effects. Educate yourself to be a resource for your clients.
May 10, 2016

Metal Surface Finishes on Manufactured Findings

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Do you have questions regarding jewelry finishes? What layers or effects are added to jewelry items? Learn about metal plating, anti-tarnish treatments, tool texture effects, and patinas in our latest article.

Watch Hilary and Katie Hacker finish beaded jewelry using crimp, crimp covers and cable thimbles!
August 25, 2015

How to Finish Beaded Jewelry

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Watch Hilary and Katie Hacker finish beaded jewelry using crimp, crimp covers and cable thimbles!

Liver of sulfur is perfect for adding oxidized patinas to your brass, copper or silver jewelry designs. Learn our top tips for getting the best results.
June 02, 2015

6 Tips for Using Liver of Sulfur

by Hilary Halstead Scott

From set-up to helpful tips, read why Liver of Sulfer makes such a great jewelry patina and is an essential product to have in your jewelry studio!

Check out our guide to jewelry finishing sandpapers and polishing papers. Learn what grit you need and compare different products for your studio.
July 01, 2014

Guide to Jewelry Finishing Sandpapers

by Hilary Halstead Scott

A breakdown comparing different grits and micron rated sandpapers used to finish jewelry items. This popular blog post was updated in July 2019.

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