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Work Hardening


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.

Learn how to select jewelry wire gauge thickness and hardness temper for your material needs in this handy guide to jewelry metals properties.
February 09, 2016

What Jewelry Wire Gauge & Hardness Do You Need?

by Erica Stice

Learn the ins and outs of sheet and wire gauges and metal tempers so you can make the right choices for your jewelry designs. This popular blog post was updated in 2019.

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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