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

Silver and Stone Overlay Pendant

This project develops skills in sawing, pierce-work, overlay, sweat soldering, bezel-making, stone setting, and finishing techniques. You can adapt it to different shaped pendants with different pierced-work patterns to complement your stone. The illustrated pendant has a hook, rather [ … ] Read More

Sterling Silver Necklace with Tube Set Stones

Make this stunning, sterling silver necklace. This tutorial features wire work, tube setting faceted stones, disk cutting and shaping, and setting a pearl.   This Featured Project is offered by Tamara Clark. Workingsilver tutorials are always FREE. We support [ … ] Read More

Setting Up Your Metalsmithing Studio

This is a fairly comprehensive list of tools and supplies that you will need to set up your metalsmithing studio.  Thank you for shopping! You will need a jeweller’s bench and a soldering bench or fire safe table area, plus [ … ] Read More

Silver

Silver is a unique member of the metals family -the “whitest” of all metals. In its pure form this moon-coloured metal is highly lustrous, and can be polished to a mirror finish. Silver was known and used by primitive [ … ] Read More

Glossary of Terms

~ A ~ Agate ~ Multi-coloured microscopically crystalline, variegated chalcedony. It may be banded, irregularly clouded or have visible impurities as in moss agate. It is a very common variety of quartz principally found in Brazil Alexandrite ~ A [ … ] Read More