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Jewelry Making Supplies

A jewelry tumbler can save you valuable time in a studio. It can place a mirror finish on a piece in minutes and work harden findings so you
August 07, 2019

Why You Need a Jewelry Tumbler in Your Studio

by Erica Stice

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.

See how you can save money on bulk jewelry wire, before you place your next order! We give you money saving tips on scrap, tangles, tarnish and more.
June 21, 2019

Tips to Save Money Buying Bulk Jewelry Wire

by Erica Stice

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.

What makes handmade jewelry so different from mass-produced? Learn about the different types and some of the techniques for each one.
May 24, 2019

Handmade Jewelry: Types and Techniques

by Ashley Maldonado

Curious what makes handmade jewelry so different from mass-produced? Learn about the different categories of handmade jewelry and some of the techniques for each one.

In this article you'll learn what the best jewelry beading tools are, what componenents you'll need to start beading and much more!
May 22, 2019

Best Beading Tools Used for Making Jewelry

by Erica Stice

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.

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!

Learn how to use a wire jig tool to make stunning wirework bracelet designs out of bulk jewelry wire. Brenda Schweder offers tips for success.
May 07, 2019

Wirework Bracelet Making by Brenda Schweder

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

Brenda Schweder shows how you can use her jewelry making jig tool, Now That's a Jig!, with jewelry wire to make gorgeous wire work bracelet designs.

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.

Have you ever had your solder just ball up and refuse to flow or not even ball up at all? Possibly your metal turned bright red, but that li
April 23, 2019

Top 5 Reasons Silver Solder Doesn't Flow

by Erica Stice

Solder not flowing? Find out the reasons why. Jewelry soldering can be frustrating at times, but with the right knowledge, you can quickly troubleshoot the problems.

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 Jewelry

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.

Read how you can elevate your hand stamped jewelry with these five helpful tips. From settings, to pattern wire or 14kt charms, they are simple changes.
March 19, 2019

5 Ways to Elevate your Stamped Jewelry with New Techniques

by Erica Stice

Hand stamping jewelry is a great way to create a personalized collection. If you add soldering, or any of these techniques, to the mix you'll be able to elevate your collection easily!

Learn the tips and tricks to soldering copper and brass! Understand the material, soldering challenges and a few technical problems that may occur.
March 12, 2019

Soldering Copper & Brass Metals in the Jewelry Studio

by Erica Stice

Copper and brass are fun materials to work with in the jewelry studio. They are beautiful in their own right and they are perfect for learning new techniques. But, soldering these metals raises unique issues in design and technical execution. Learn more from our studio coordinator, Erica Stice.

This guide covers pattern wire and gallery wire used in jewelry making. What are they? What is the difference between them?
March 06, 2019

Pattern & Gallery Wire Guide: The 411

by Erica Stice

Explore pattern wire and gallery wire used in the jewelry studio in this overview guide on essential materials for your design practice.

Learn to pick solder! This is one of the 3 standard techniques that every jeweler should know. This method protects fragile pieces when soldering.
February 19, 2019

How to Pick Solder in the Jewelry Studio

by Erica Stice

If you have a small piece or want a precise join without a lot of solder flowing, learn to pick solder. Pick soldering minimizes solder messes and heat on your jewelry piece to prevent melting disasters. Add this skill to your bench resume today.

Have fun adding wire embellishment to your jewelry making designs! By simply adding a swirl or organic shape, you've added a new element to your design.
February 19, 2019

Soldering Wire Embellishments to the Surface of your Jewelry Designs

by Erica Stice

Soldered wire accents allow you to create geometric designs with a line drawing feel. But, soldering thin wires onto sheet metal is a challenge. Our very own Studio Coordinator, Erica Stice, has some tips and a video.

Learn how to sweat solder! Raise the value of your sterling silver pieces by soldering on 14kt gold to really make your jewelry designs stand out.
February 05, 2019

How to Sweat Solder 14kt Gold to Sterling Silver

by Erica Stice

Use 14kt gold solder ornaments on sterling silver jewelry blanks to create unique mixed metal jewelry pieces. Erica Stice is breaking down the sweat soldering process so you can add this great technique to your jewelry making skills.

Learn about solder here. We cover the types of solder, soldering techniques, metal alloys in silver solder and more. This is a great reference guide!
January 08, 2019

Types of Silver Solder Used in Jewelry

by Erica Stice

Many jewelers remember falling in love with metalsmithing at their first torch soldering experience. That mercurial silver flash when solder starts to flow is magical. But, what is actually happening at that moment? What is the science behind soldering? ...

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.

Don't get stuck with the wrong chain length! A fantastic way to upsell your jewelry is by offering necklace chain extenders which will exten
November 13, 2018

3 Types of Necklace Chain Extenders

by Erica Stice

Don't get stuck with a too-short necklace! Whether it's by a customer's need or desire, longer necklaces are a must to carry. Necklace extenders can help take any pre-made design and add length. Learn about some of the most popular types of extenders Halstead offers.

We answer 7 of the most common questions that we receive when customers purchase metal sheet from us. Learn how to order, convert from inches to ozt, understand our return policies concerning sheet and more.
September 18, 2018

How to Buy Jewelry Making Metal Sheet

by Erica Stice

A quick FAQ guide on how to buy metal sheet for your jewelry business. Learn the lingo and how to navigate the typical units of measure used for sheet sales.

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.

Setting geodes and slabs can be challenging and fun. We've created a few pieces to show you how much fun these can be to set. Embrace the challenges they can bring.
August 28, 2018

How to Set Geodes & Slabs

by Erica Stice

Setting geodes and slabs can be challenging at times but this blog will cover the two basic settings to get you started. Both require basic soldering skills.

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.

Learn how to size a ring down to a smaller size by cutting the band and removing a segment of metal. Then, solder the ring back together and refinish.
July 24, 2018

How to Size a Ring Down

by Erica Stice

Sizing a ring up, in my opinion, is much easier than sizing a ring down. You have ring stretchers that allow you to get the job done quickly, but there are not that many tools available when reducing the size of a ring.

Ring sizing is not as difficult as it looks, however, do your research on the type of issues you may encounter. Learn how to size a ring up in this article on jewelry studio techniques.
July 24, 2018

How to Size a Ring Up

by Erica Stice

Having the skills to size rings can be very handy for your jewelry studio business, especially if you don't have the right size for a customer in stock. Learn sizing to capture more sales and offer superior service to your clients.

Learn how to determine the correct amount of material you need for a jewelry ring based on the desired finger size and material you choose.
July 17, 2018

How to Buy Ring Making Material

by Erica Stice

Check out our handy jewelry ring material conversion chart and learn how to calculate the right material length for each finger ring size with this tutorial.

Learn how to solder pattern wire rings or stacking rings made from half round wire stock. Use basic soldering & forming techniques for rings you will love.
June 26, 2018

Soldering Half Round Wire & Pattern Wire for Rings

by Erica Stice

We love to make silver rings in the Halstead Studio. These simple stackers are a low price-point crowd pleaser. If you're preparing for a show, a holiday is around the corner or you just want to bulk up inventory, ring bands can be a great addition to your collection.

Sandra Lupo demonstrates how to use the conetastic jewelry tool to make tassel toppers for your jewelry designs. Use bulk wire and basic supplies.
April 17, 2018

Coiled Tassel Pendant with Sandra Lupo

by Katie Hacker

Learn how to make your own custom tassel toppers in this Conetastic jewelry tool tutorial from Sandra Lupo using sterling silver and gold-filled wire.

Learn how to buy jewelry supplies at the right price in the quantities you need in this introductory article for new jewelry makers or small businesses.
March 22, 2018

5 Rookie Tips for Buying Jewelry Supplies

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Leaving the comfort of a well stocked school studio can seem daunting. Read on for some tips on sourcing materials for your own studio.

Keeping your flex shaft in peak condition is a must for any jeweler. Follow these 14 easy steps to maintaining your jewelry making flex shaft.
February 27, 2018

Flex Shaft Maintenance

by Erica Stice

Keeping your flex shaft in peak condition is a must for any jeweler. Follow these 14 easy steps to maintaining your jewelry making flex shaft.

Make your own sterling silver tassels from chain and jewelry findings. Tassels make beautiful earring dangles, charms or pendants.
February 20, 2018

Two Ways to Create Sterling Silver Tassels

by Erica Stice

Create your own silver jewelry tassels! In this step-by-step guide, we show you how to wire-wrap or solder chain tassels for your jewelry making.

Learn how to solder earring posts in your jewelry studio with this simple step-by-step guide. We will cover the tools, supplies and techniques you need.
January 30, 2018

6 Steps to Soldering Earring Posts

by Erica Stice

Learn how to solder earring posts on blanks or other ornaments in this 6-step how-to guide to get you started. We cover every aspect of the process plus it's loaded with tips!

Be inspired by our 4 trendy ideas for earring making to spice up your jewelry collection. Explore earring findings and techniques you'll need.
January 23, 2018

4 Trendy Earring Making Ideas

by Erica Stice

Statement earrings are in! Check out our ideas for the jacket and front & back trends. We show you how to use our new clutches with drop rings along with fashionable post earrings, tassels and more.

Learn how to make a hinge in your jewelry designs. This essential mechanism will allow you to tackle lockets, boxes, poison rings and more!
January 03, 2018

How To Make A Hinge For Jewelry

by Erica Stice

See an overview of the Halstead Design Challenge and learn how to make a basic knuckle hinge in your jewelry designs using tubing, sheet and wire.

Learn how to finish collar necklaces in this tutorial covering the supplies and techniques you will need to know about to succeed.
December 14, 2017

How To: Finishing Collars for Jewelry

by Erica Stice

It's all about neck collars! In this blog post we give you some great ideas on finishing collar necklaces plus we have a brand new tool to show you and we cover December's 2017 issue Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine.

Learn how to prong set stones in this quick guide to setting techniques. Will cover the vocabulary you need to know and the skills you can start practicing.
December 04, 2017

How to Prong Set Stones: A Step by Step Guide

by Erica Stice

Learn how to set stones in prong settings! This tutorial covers stone vocabulary and the basics to prong set both faceted stone and cabochon cuts.

Erica Stice details a claw stone setting project that stretched her metalsmithing skillset in the jewelry studio. Read how she overcame the challenge.
October 23, 2017

Claw Pendant Setting: Highlights & Headaches

by Erica Stice

Erica Stice shares her insights on using a claw setting for a complicated stone specimen... here are her headaches and highlights that she encountered with this marvelous, fragile stone.

Get inspired with these project ideas for fall jewelry making. Explore color, shapes and techniques with these fresh ideas.
September 20, 2017

Fall Themed Jewelry Making Inspiration

by Erica Stice

The summer sun is nice, but there's just something exciting about Fall jewelry fashions. Maybe it's that first-day-of-school feeling, whether you're going back to school or not. Boots, hats and sweaters...layer them up and get cozy while making the perfect fall jewelry.

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.

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine recently featured a bangle bracelet making project by Halstead Studio Coordinator, Erica Stice.
August 02, 2017

Erica Stice's Bangle, Bracelet, and LJJA Article!

by Mercedes Berg

Erica Stice's bangle bracelet making project was featured in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.

Need a new jewelry soldering station? Read Erica's article to learn how to choose the right soldering fuel and torch tips for your home studio.
December 20, 2016

Solders, Torches & Fuels Used in a Jewelry Studio

by Erica Stice

Picking a fuel type for your jewelry studio can be an arduous research session. We've narrowed it down with the pros and cons for each type, with additional information on torch tips included - updated February 2019.

This article includes three awesome torch tips to help you with your soldering skills. There's also a section on maintaining your torch tip, as well.
November 07, 2016

3 Torch Tips for Soldering Jewelry

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Understanding how your torch tip works helps you understand jewelry soldering. Learn how to adjust your soldering torch tip to make your project easier.

Review our quick quide to ready-made stone settings to make your jewelry fabrication time more efficient so you can focus on your custom work.
September 13, 2016

Jeweler's Guide to Types of Ready Made Settings

by Erica Stice

Interested in ready-made stone settings? We cover a wide range of pre-made jewelry settings and tools in this guide, which also include hints and favorite new tools.

Learn how to make fast and gorgeous tube set earrings with Melissa Muir!
September 06, 2016

Tube Setting with Melissa Muir

by Katie Hacker

Learn how to make fast and gorgeous tube set earrings with Melissa Muir!

Explore 5 different jewelry chain styles you may have never tried before. Experiment with fresh new looks in your jewelry collection.
August 30, 2016

5 Fresh Jewelry Chain Styles

by Katie Hacker

Check out five fresh jewelry chain styles to play with in your designer collection. Try something new to refresh your selection today.

Learn how to create a custom granular cabochon setting in this easy pendant tutorial for your jewelry studio practice. Stretch your metalsmithing skills.
August 09, 2016

Setting a Cabochon Pendant Tutorial

by Erica Stice

Enjoy an afternoon in the studio creating beautiful cabochon pendants! This how-to guide will show you step-by-step how to make custom cabochon settings in a few short hours.

Jeff Fulkerson lists innovative ideas for supplies to use in your jewelry studio. Simple household items can become your new favorite tools!
July 05, 2016

Around the Studio with Jeff Fulkerson

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Jeff Fulkerson shares clever ideas for using supplies you might not expect to see on a jeweler's bench, plus, tips for using some of your old favorites.

Learn how to make cool granular silver stacking rings embellished with beaded ball accents in this easy tutorial to start soldering and fabricating jewelry.
June 07, 2016

Granular Stacking Rings Tutorial

by Erica Stice

Do you love granular stacking rings? Read our latest tutorial blog and watch our granule video so you can start making them today!

Use metalsmithing stakes in your jewelry making for fold forming techniques. This tutorial shows how to make leaf earrings using these tools and skills.
March 29, 2016

Intro to Jewelry Stakes: Fold Forming Leaf Earrings

by Erica Stice

Learn how to make fold formed leaf earrings with jewelry stakes. Improve your metalsmithing skills with this tutorial on the tools, supplies and techniques you will need.

Join our 2015 Halstead Grant winner, Samantha Skelton as she chats with Hilary Halstead Scott about her background, inspiration, and more.
March 22, 2016

Halstead Jewelry Minute - Ep. 15: 5 Tips to Develop a Jewelry Collection

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Join our 2015 Halstead Grant winner, Samantha Skelton as she chats with Hilary Halstead Scott in our studio.

Watch Hilary Halstead Scott and Katie Hacker create quick tassel earrings, punch earring holes in cards and discuss the popular tassel trend we're seeing right now!
March 01, 2016

Halstead Jewelry Minute: Tassels & Earring Cards

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Watch Hilary Halstead Scott and Katie Hacker create quick tassel earrings, punch earring holes in cards and discuss the popular tassel trend we're seeing right now!

We have tips for simple ways to customize your packages whether you're selling your work or making a quick gift. Plus, we'll share some crea
February 02, 2016

Jewelry Packaging Ideas & Inspiration

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Need a little inspiration for your jewelry packaging? Take two and a half minutes to jumpstart your creativity with this episode of the Halstead Jewelry Minute.

Here's a project I've been working on in the jewelry making studio. It's a great way to practice sawing metal, soldering sterling silver and
January 20, 2016

Soldered Silver & Brass Snowflake Pendant Tutorial

by Erica Stice

Solder sterling silver and brass together, set stones in tube bezels and make an easy wire hanger! I'll show you how to create a winter-inspired Organic Snowflake Pendant right from your home studio.

Halstead Jewelry Studio Coordinator Erica Stice lists her recommendations for the most essential tools to get for your new jewelry studio space.
November 03, 2015

Essential Tools for Your New Jewelry Studio

by Erica Stice

Build your studio bench with Erica's top picks of essential tools for  metalsmiths.

In this age of ecommerce, phone service still provides vital benefits. Let us help you problem solve for your jewelry business. Get bupplies fast!
October 06, 2015

Call Halstead Service: Why We Aren't Just Online

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Online ordering is great but we miss connecting with our customers and here's why. Call Halstead service to see how we can help you with your latest jewelry business challenges.

What do you do when the jewelry supplies you need are out of stock? Read our tips on how to get important information and solve the problem fast.
September 15, 2015

Coping with Out of Stock Jewelry Supplies

by Hilary Halstead Scott

As the busy holiday season approaches, the Halstead team is thinking about ways to make the whole experience less stressful, more productive and more successful. One of the biggest issues that comes up at this time of year is out of stock items.

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

Halstead Jewelry Minute: How to Finish Beaded Jewelry

by Hilary Halstead Scott

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

Firescale naturally occurs while soldering silver. Learn about the pickling process to remove firescale from your silver jewelry pieces.
August 04, 2015

Jewelry Soldering 101: Firescale & Pickling

by Erica Stice

Firescale naturally occurs during the soldering process. Read on to learn what firescale is and how to pickle it off your jewelry.

Stacking rings are hot. Explore this huge trend in jewelry making along with ready-to-wear ring styles for upselling and related articles on ring making.
July 28, 2015

Popular Jewelry Trends: Rings Galore!

by Erica Stice

Read tips on how to make trending stacking and midi rings work for you!

Birthstones are a meaningful addition to jewelry designs. Consider different ways to add this element to your collection.
July 21, 2015

Add Meaning to Your Jewelry with Birthstones

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Learn about birthstones and their meanings in our latest Halstead Jewelry Blog.

Hear how Halstead Studio Coordinator Erica Stice got her start making and teaching jewelry. Have you ever considered teaching? Learn her story.
July 14, 2015

Adventures in Jewelry Making: Taking & Teaching Classes

by Erica Stice

Erica Stice, the Halstead Studio Coordinator was once a beginner too. Hear her story about how she started making jewelry and progressed to teaching others in the new Halstead employee jewelry studio.

What's the difference between 19 strand and 49 strand beading wire? Find out by watching our brand new video on selecting the right Beadalon stringing wire.
July 07, 2015

Halstead Jewelry Minute: Selecting the Right Beadalon Stringing Wire

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Watch our Beadalon video with BB&J's Katie Hacker!

It is so important to continue learning and set aside time for play in the jewelry studio. Tammy Jones explores the creative process in this guest blog.
June 30, 2015

Metalsmithing Recess: Improve Your Jewelry Designs and Technique with a Playdate

by Tammy Jones

Tammy Jones reminds us how important it is to experiment in the jewelry studio to keep your creative skills sharp. Set yourself a metalsmithing playdate today to learn something new or try something different in jewelry making.

Learn about the different types of photo lighting to make your jewelry photography simple and inexpensive.
June 09, 2015

Halstead Jewelry Minute: Photo Studio Tips Pt. 2 - Lighting

by Bethany Blackshear

Learn about photography lighting options for your finished jewelry. Halstead's Product Photographer, Bethany, gives some great tips on how to make your jewelry photography beautiful while staying on budget.

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!

Read our top tips for using a tripod in your jewelry photography studio and why this is such an essential piece of equipment.
May 18, 2015

Jewelry Photography Tripods: Essential Equipment for Professional Images

by Bethany Blackshear

Learn tips for taking quality jewelry photography with tripods. These are essential tools to have in your jewelry photography studio so you can take the best photos of your work.

Watch our jewelry studio organization tips video for great ideas to keep your workspace functional and comfortable. Keep tools at your fingertips.
April 13, 2015

Jewelry Studio Organization Tips

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Keep your jewelry studio space organized with our tips and ideas!

Watch this video overview of how to set-up a jewelry studio bench the first time. Learn essential supplies and tools plus organizational tips.
March 30, 2015

Jewelry Bench Set-up Video

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Learn low-cost alternatives and organizational tips to set-up your jewelry bench at home or in your new studio work space. How to save money and build a functional space for your craft.

Cowboy's Sweetheart jeweler Amy Fortunato details the importance of safety in the jewelry studio along with great tips to protect yourself.
March 03, 2015

Jewelry Studio Safety First. Fashion Second.

by Amy Fortunato

How to avoid setting your hair on fire and other helpful, humorous tips from the jewelry studio safety trenches. Special thanks to guest blogger, Amy Fortunato!

This overview details an essential jewelry studio tool: the jeweler's bench pin. Learn the features of, why they are necessary and how to choose the best.
February 24, 2015

New Jeweler's Guide to the Bench Pin

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Bench Pin 101 for new jewelers. Check out product information and tips for use.

Explore our guide to common types of jewelry clasps and closures used in necklaces and bracelets. Learn terminology & the best applications for each style.
December 09, 2014

Types of Jewelry Clasps & Closures

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Read our guide on types of jewelry clasps and closures popular in today's modern day necklace and bracelet designs. Choose the best clasp for each design with this helpful glossary of terms.

This quick list gives great advice on things to watch for when you learn jewelry sawing and piercing techniques. Prevent mishaps and sharpen your skills.
October 07, 2014

Top 6 Jewelry Sawing Tips

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Here are some helpful tips to implement when sawing in the studio.

See a behind-the-scenes look at a typical day a the Halstead Jewelry Supply warehouse where we pick, pack and ship to you each day.
September 24, 2014

A Day at Halstead -Behind the Scenes Video

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Click on the image above to see our video. Who do you trust to deliver when you need it fast? We turnaround most orders the same day! Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at jewelry supply order processing at Halstead.

Consider 5 ways to add perceived value to your jewelry collection. Increase your price points to appeal to a wider audience of jewelry buyers.
September 16, 2014

5 Tips to Add Perceived Value to your Jewelry

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Upscale your jewelry line with these 5 helpful tips!

See why we highly recommend jewelry making classes at the Silvera Jewelry School in Berkeley, California in the bay area.
August 19, 2014

School Profile: Silvera Jewelry School

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Heading to San Francisco? You might want to take a metalsmithing class at the Silvera Jewelry School!

Erica Bello has won the 2014 Halstead Grant. The award not only recognizes her jewelry design skills, but her strategic business plan for the collection.
August 12, 2014

Erica Bello Wins the 9th Annual Halstead Grant

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Erica Bello has won the 2014 Halstead Grant! Read on to learn more about this amazing jewelry designer and see the list of finalists.

Our guide to earring findings is a complete glossary of terms for earring component parts. Learn the different options available for making earrings.
August 05, 2014

Guide to Different Types of Earring Findings

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Learn about the different types of earring findings and how each can be used for unique jewelry making ideas.

Learn about the properties of gold-filled metal material used to make jewelry. What is it? How is it made? What to jewelry designers need to know?
July 18, 2014

Gold-Filled Jewelry Material 101: Video

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Are you confused about the construction of gold-filled? What's the difference between yellow and rose gold-filled? Get answers to these questions and more with our new video: Gold-Filled 101.

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.

Katie Hacker explores how jewelry findings can inspire a cohesive collection of necklace designs featuring signature elements to define the selection.
May 27, 2014

Inspired by Jewelry Components

by Katie Hacker

We sent Katie Hacker a Peridot & Pearls Inspiration Collection. See what this talented designer made with our jewelry components!

Learn the ins and outs of using gold-filled jewelry supplies with these 5 common questions about this sometimes confusing material.
August 20, 2013

What Does Gold-Filled Mean - 6 Things You May Not Know

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Learn the ins and outs of using gold-filled jewelry supplies for jewelry making. Using and explaining gold-filled can be complicated, prepare yourself with these 5 common questions about the material.

Learn how to make cuff bracelets with our bending block tool and pre-cut metal cuff blanks. Quickly bend and form metal into a comfortable piece of jewelry.
July 30, 2013

6 Steps to Make Cuff Bracelets

by Hilary Halstead Scott

A step-by-step beginner's guide on how to make cuff bracelets.

Learn how to protect and polish your sterling silver to keep it shiny. Sterling silver tarnish is natural, but you can keep your jewelry looking great.
April 30, 2013

Silver: Tarnishing, Cleaning, Polishing & Protecting

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Tired of your favorite silver jewelry tarnishing? Learn more about protecting silver from tarnish as well as the different ways to clean and polish your sterling silver. Read the article and watch the video.

Celebrating 40 years of supporting small jewelry businesses with quality supplies and fantastic service. Thank you for refering Halstead.
January 03, 2013

Celebrating our 40th Anniversary at Halstead!

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Our 40th anniversary at Halstead is a huge milestone for the company, so let's celebrate!

We give you the top 5 reasons we love nylon tipped pliers, as well as the cons. Are they right for you? We'll let you decide, but I still love them.
December 13, 2012

5 Reasons We Love Nylon Tipped Pliers for Jewelry Making

by Hilary Halstead Scott

All of the Halstead employees love nylon pliers! Find out all of the reasons why in this popular blog post we've recently updated in 2019.

One of my favorite artisan bead companies is Earthenwood Studio , the brainchild of Melanie Brooks. Fall is the perfect time of year to draw
October 25, 2012

Fall Fun with Earthenwood Ceramics

by Hilary Halstead Scott

In the studio creating necklaces with Melanie Brooks’ beautiful porcelain beads!

Wire wrapping on frames is a basic wirework jewelry making technique you can learn in an hour and continue playing with for years.
October 09, 2012

Top 5 Tips for Wire Wrapping on Frames

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Learn wire wrapping with frames in this easy jewelry making tutorial to expand your wirewrapping skills. This popular blog post was updated in 2019.

A jeweler's flex shaft is a rotary tool with attachment heads that can perform many tasks. Learn all about this indispensable tool for your jeweler's bench.
July 24, 2012

What is a Flex Shaft - Why Jewelers Can't Work Without This Tool

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Learn about the amazing jeweler's flex shaft and all the things it can do in your studio.

Learn about different jewelry chain link styles available on the market. This article will cover link configurations and manufacturing methods.
July 17, 2012

Types of Jewelry Chain Link Styles

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Get to know more about types of jewelry chains, styles, and effects in our glossary. This is a great reference to bookmark and refer to often when shopping for chain jewelry supplies. This popular blog post was updated in 2019.

Understand why the price of sterling silver wire, sheet and metals is not the same as the silver market price per ounce you hear on the news.
July 10, 2012

Why does sterling wire cost more than the daily silver market price you hear on the news?

by Hilary Halstead Scott

We hear the daily silver price on the news each morning, today it was $27.92 per ounce. Yet sterling silver wire today is priced at $33.62 to $31.90 per ounce depending on the total ounces purchased. Occasionally we have a customer ask this question. After all, sterling is only .925 ...

Learn to start silver soldering today! We've put together this step by step tutorial and list of jewelry soldering supplies & tools to get you started.
July 03, 2012

5 Steps to Start Silver Soldering

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Soldering sterling silver is one of the fundamental skills that every jeweler should have. However, starting up at home can be a little intimidating so we've put together this step by step tutorial with a list of jewelry soldering tools and supplies to g...

Modify your studio habits to be more earth friendly. For Earth Day, Christine Dein shares how to make your jewelry bench more environmentally safe.
April 03, 2012

Earth Day Jewelry Bench Tips from Green Jewelry News

by Hilary Halstead Scott

To celebrate Earth Day in April we invited Christine Dhein to give us some jewelry studio tips in this guest blog. Christine is the Assistant Director at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. She is also the founder of the Green Jewelry News digital newsletter.

Read our how-to guide to get started with metal stamping your own jewelry designs using metal blanks, stamps and hammer. We've included stamping tips, too!
October 05, 2011

5 Tips for Making Hand Stamped Jewelry

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Stamping is a great way to personalize jewelry for customers. Check out our 5 tips and tricks on how to make the best of your metal and stamps! This popular blog post was updated in 2019.

Read top tips on how to set up a jewelers bench in your home or studio. Learn what tools are most essential plus advice on organizing your supplies.
July 14, 2011

Setting Up a New Jewelry Bench

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Our most popular Facebook discussion to date was on setting up a new jeweler’s bench. Here we will discuss some tips for building a simple workbench, organizing jewelry tools and maintaining an adequate workspace. This blog post was updated in 2019.

Avoiding tarnish on your silver jewelry supplies can prevent discoloration or rubbing off. Learn how to protect silver jewelry with easy DIY steps.
December 08, 2010

How to Keep Sterling Silver from Tarnishing - Protecting Jewelry

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Avoiding tarnish on your silver jewelry findings makes maintenance, cleaning and polishing easier. Learn how to store your jewelry and limit exposure to tarnish inducing environmental factors.