Ring Sizing Chart

This chart is for ROUND rings that are 4mm to 10mm wide. Locate the corresponding box of finger size and metal gauge (thickness) to determine the length of your metal to cut (the circumference).  Round up or down based [ … ] Read More

Copper Flashing Using Pickle

Sometimes we WANT to copper flash metal.  When soldering copper, even with copper solder, the solder join is usually visible.  After cleaning all the extra solder from the join, try this: put some iron binding wire on your metal [ … ] Read More


One of the tools a silversmith reaches for most often is their hammer. We all have our favourite one…or 3, but if you are just starting to build your tool collection, picking the right hammer for the job can [ … ] Read More

What is the Moh’s Scale?

To put it in very basic terms, the Mohs scale of hardness is a relative scale of “scratchability.” Basically the higher the number on the scale the harder the stone. A stone rated at an 8 can be scratched [ … ] Read More

What Gauge of Metal 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

All About Files

There are many different cuts, shapes and varieties of files; some files are designed to meet very specific needs. When searching for the perfect files for your bench, consider the material you will be working with, the level of [ … ] Read More

Argentium Sterling Silver

Made with a touch of germanium, Argentium® Silver presents a bright white color that is closer to fine silver than traditional sterling, yet is highly resistant to firescale and extremely slow to tarnish under most conditions. With 93.5% pure [ … ] Read More

Caring for Pliers

The basic set of pliers for jewellery manufacturing and the first to acquire when setting up a new workbench would be flat-nose pliers, round/flat-nose pliers, half-round/flat-nose pliers, and chain-nose pliers. Almost all jewellery-making techniques can be executed with these [ … ] Read More

Taking Care of Carbon Steel Shot

Carbon Steel Shot is just as effective as Stainless Steel Shot at a much lower price. However, carbon shot will rust if not properly taken care of. I can NOT guarantee your results, but what works for me is [ … ] 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.   You will need a jeweller’s bench and a soldering bench or fire safe table area, plus space for other [ … ] Read More

Polishing Your Metal Jewellery Pieces in a Tumbler

Tumbling is an easy and effective way to polish your finished metal jewellery pieces. Tumble BEFORE setting stones. A minimum of 2 lbs. of jeweller’s mix shot is best for effective tumbling. Simply place the shot into the drum [ … ] Read More