Texture and Patina-the Dynamic Duo

Is your jewellery a snoozefest? Do you drift off while you’re making it because it’s so boring? Have no fear, texture and patina are here to save you from a life of criminally dull jewellery! These are two of [ … ] Read More

Hammer Textures

Texturing metal with hammers and stamps is a fun, relatively easy and inexpensive way of adding interest to a jewellery piece. I’m a big fan of textured pieces, finding most smooth mirror finished pieces a bit of a bore, [ … ] Read More

What is Reticulation?

The technique of reticulation is a lot like a sporting event – you never know what’s going to happen and what happens can never be repeated. Both Sterling Silver and Reticulation Silver can be reticulated, but Reticulation Silver produces the best [ … ] Read More

What Gauge Should I Use?

What gauge of metal should I use? This is a question we get asked at Workingsilver all the time. Unfortunately there is no single answer to this one. It really depends on many different factors: are you making a [ … ] Read More

What is Keum-Boo?

Keum-Boo is an ancient Korean technique where 24K gold foil is applied to silver using heat and pressure.   Pure gold (24K) and silver have a similar atomic structure, so once the metal is heated to a temperature of [ … ] Read More

Soldering vs. Fusing

Soldering vs. Fusing What is the difference between soldering and fusing? What are the benefits of each technique and what are the difficulties? What tools and equipment are needed for each technique?  These are just some of the questions [ … ] Read More