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In this article we’ll go over why you should edit your jewelry photos before posting them online as well as how to clip them and the best fr
June 11, 2020

Editing & Clipping Your Jewelry Photos

by Janelle Hinesley

In this article, we’ll go over why you should edit your jewelry photos before posting them online as well as how to clip them with the best free software options available!

Quarantine and social distancing for so long getting you down? We’ve got a few ideas of things you can do while quarantining.
March 23, 2020

10 Things To Do While Quarantined

by Ashley Maldonado

Quarantine and social distancing for so long getting you down? We’ve got a few ideas of things you can do during the Coronavirus shutdown.

We have compiled a list of 8 great beginner jewelry making projects! From wire working and assembly to basic metalsmithing and soldering.
July 12, 2019

Beginner Jewelry Making Projects

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

If you are interested in jewelry making but are new to the craft it can be intimidating to know where to begin. To get you started we have compiled a list of 8 great beginner jewelry making projects!

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!

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 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

Inspired by the 2018 Halstead Design Challenge, learn how to make a basic knuckle hinge in your jewelry designs using tubing, sheet and wire.

Improve your jewelry studio practice with metalsmithing skills tips from Michael David Sturlin. Consider the benefits of repetition and honing your craft.
October 16, 2017

Jewelry Studio Insights: Practice Makes Perfect

by Michael David Sturlin

Michael David Sturlin talks about the necessity of repetition for optimal results in your jewelry studio practice as you build metalsmithing skills at the bench.

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.

Read our guide to metal blanks for hand stamping custom jewelry designs. Learn about different metal properties and compare the pros and cons of each.
June 24, 2014

Guide to Hand Stamping Metal Blank Options

by Hilary Halstead Scott

From durability to price, check out our guide to metal blanks for making hand stamped jewelry.

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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