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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.

Learn about Rock Salt Silver Casting as detailed in Erica Stice's recent article published in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine.
April 10, 2018

Rock Salt Casting as Seen in Belle Armoire Jewelry

by Erica Stice

Get a sneak peek at rock salt casting: it's easier than you think! Watch a quick video demo and preview some of the designs that appear in the Spring 2018 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry.

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 Finish Neck Collars

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 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!

Make a riveted pendant with jewelry educator Gwen Youngblood. Explore this fun jewelry making technique with a fun and easy project.
August 23, 2016

Riveted Pendant with Gwen Youngblood

by Katie Hacker

Try out a fun new jewelry making project with Gwen Youngblood. Explore cold connections and complementary jewelry findings with this riveted pendant.

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.

Learn how work hardening affects your jewelry making and learn how annealing your sheet metal can help. Understand this basic metalsmithing concept better.
July 31, 2012

Basic Metalsmithing: Work Hardening and Annealing

by Hilary Halstead Scott

This is an introduction to the concepts of work hardening and annealing. It is critical that beginning metalsmiths starting to hammer, solder and form metals understand these principles. Read on to learn more. This popular blog post was updated in 2019.

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