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  • Alternative metals can be any metals other than the three typical "precious" metals (silver, gold, platinum) most commonly used in jewelry and jewelry making. The most common alternative metals used for artisan jewelry are brass, copper, and
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  • Working with chains and chainlinks to create jewelry.
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  • Cold connections are defined as jewelry connections or joining/fastening techniques that don't require the use of heat or solder. Some types of cold connections are rivets, screws, tabs, and hinges. Cold connections are also known as cold joins.
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  • Electroforming (also electroplating) is the process of coating organic and other objects with a thin layer of real metal (silver, copper, gold, etc.). Electroforming allows you to use complex natural shapes in jewelry-making projects without difficult
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  • Simply put, enameling is the technique of applying glass (in powdered form) onto metal or porcelain through the use of heat. Enamel powders are general rinsed, sifted, and packed during the enameling process, then fired in a kiln or in some cases, with
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  • Etching is the technique of corroding away a design on metal using acid to create areas of varying depth below the surface. The acid is often referred to as a mordant. The process involves applying a resist to the metal to mask off certain areas, leaving
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  • A gemstone is generally known as the cut and/or polished form of a mineral. All gemstones are not minerals, however, as gemstone status has been given to some organic materials (pearls, ivory, amber) and some rocks (lapis lazuli). Qualities that determine
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  • Jewelry business includes making handcrafted jewelry to sell at either craft and art shows, in local shops and boutiques, or online in jewelry shops or craft sales sites like Etsy and ArtFire. Keys to a successful jewelry business include good time and
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  • Jewelry design is the act of sketching or drawing a jewelry idea or simply arranging jewelry-making components into a desired design before actual fabrication. Standard elements of design, such as line, form, shape, and color, apply in jewelry design
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  • Jewelry-making supplies are the tools and materials that jewelry makers utilize to create handcrafted jewelry. Tools used include hand tools like hammers, saws, files, drills and bits, texturing tools, metal punches, anvils and stakes, a wide variety
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  • Jewelry-making tools include hand tools and power (electric) tools. Electric jewelry tools include rotary tools, buffing and polishing wheels, drills, and more. Hand tools rely on simple elbow grease to achieve jewelry-making results and include tools
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  • Jewelry-making techniques are the variety of practices implemented in making jewelry. Metalsmithing, metal stamping, wirework and wire wrapping, and beading/stringing, and chain maille are all jewelry-making techniques. Specific techniques that are considered
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  • Lampwork is the technique used by glass artists to create lampwork glass beads out of rods of glass, a torch, and a mandrel, as well as other shaping tools and additives used for special effects and/or colors within the glass.
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  • A person who works with stone, primarily gemstones. Also used as an adjective to describe the shop, the kind of material, and the equipment used in cutting stones.
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  • From Easy Metal Clay : Hadar Jacobson's Gradient Pendant What is metal clay, anyway? How often does a brand-new craft medium come on the scene? Not very--but it's happened to us. Metal clay is a dramatic, new hybrid medium that in some ways is
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  • Metal stamping utilizes metal punches (made from hardened and tempered steel) tapped with a hammer to create an impression in the metal sheet. Decorative, alphabet, and number punches are readily available from craft stores and jewelry suppliers. For
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  • What is metalsmithing? We define metalsmithing as "creating jewelry through the manipulation of various metals." Those manipulations or metalsmithing techniques include fabricating metal jewelry by forming and shaping it with hammers, mandrels
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  • Micro torches (also sometimes known as butane torches or crème brûlée torches) are small, usually butane-fueled handheld torches used to fuse wire and do simple (small) soldering and enameling projects as well as firing some types
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  • Using two or more jewelry-making media -- such as metal, wire, stone, resin, clay, etc. -- to create a single piece of jewelry.
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  • Polymer clay is one of the most versatile jewelry-making materials, as it can be made to resemble just about anything--metal, transparent or opaque gemstones and beads, wood, plastic, and more. Polymer clay is readily available and inexpensive, and it
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  • Resin can be used in jewelry making for casting but are more typically used to seal/cover and embed images or found objects within bezels. Resins can be two-part epoxy resins that you mix (a resin with a hardener) just before using or pre-mixed varieties
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  • Working with silver to create jewelry, either by itself or it concert with stones, minerals, other metals, etc.
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  • Using heat to combine metals and other materials in the creation of jewelry.
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  • Stone cutting is one step in the lapidary process. Lapidaries (stone-cutters or gem-cutters) cut, polish, and sometimes facet gemstones for use in jewelry designs or for collectors. Stone cutting can refer to cutting and grinding stones into slabs or
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  • Stone polishing involves the use of polishing and buffing wheels and compounds to create a desired finish on the surface of a faceted stone or cabochon. Finishes to be achieved include a soft matte finish, a shiny finish, and some stones can even achieve
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  • Placing stones with metal to create a variety of jewelry forms.
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  • Wire jewelry making encompasses a variety of jewelry-making techniques that utilize metal wire, including wire wrapping, knitting or crocheting with wire, coiling and spiraling wire, chain making and chain maille. Wire jewelry making also involves the
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  • Wire wrap is a hand fabricated method of jewelry design and creation. It involves the use of tools to bind and twist wires together. Some of the basic techniques include twisting the wire, wrapping a wire bundle, crimping or flattening the wrap, scrolling
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