Free Metalsmithing Video Tutorial: Master Metal Jewelry-Making Techniques

10 Dec 2010

Watch and Learn Mandrel Use, Dapping, and Doming

Tammy Jones editor Jewelry Making Daily
Tammy Jones is the
editor of Jewelry Making  Daily.

My introduction to metalsmithing was a jewelry-maker's dream. I was lucky enough to have a one-on-one metalsmithing workshop with a master metalsmith and jewelry designer. In just two short days, she transformed me from occasional metalworker into a real metal jewelry maker, bending metal to make rings, dapping and doming earring pieces and flower petals to give them an appealing shape, and rounding rings on a mandrel.

In no time at all, my metalsmithing instructor had me sawing, hammering, and forming metal into pretty and interesting shapes--and before I knew it, I was making metal jewelry. Not everyone interested in metal jewelry making can be so lucky as to have private metalsmithing lessons with a real pro, but we're excited to offer you the next best thing: a free video tutorial with Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist's resident goldsmith, Helen Driggs.

Watch the free metalsmithing video tutorial to see Helen demonstrate working with some of the most necessary metal jewelry-making tools, such as hammers for work-hardening metal, pliers and mandrels for bending metal and forming metal rings, and dapping punches and dapping blocks used for doming metal into curved pendants and other metal jewelry-making designs.

dapping punches and dapping block

By watching the free metalsmithing video tutorial, you'll get unique one-on-one metalwork instruction and guidance similar to what I received, such as how to use your hammers, mandrels, and other metal jewelry-making tools most effectively and efficiently, as well as what tools to use when bending and forming metal while making your own metal jewelry. Metalsmithing Techniques for Metal Jewelry Making will help you see and understand the principles of metalworking--and you can refer back to it any time you need a metalsmithing refresher.

As if you were working together in a one-on-one metalwork class, Helen demonstrates the dos and don'ts of making metal jewelry, including rings, bracelets, pendants, and more--just like a master goldsmith. Watch and learn:

  • doming and dapping techniques that add dimension, depth, and strength to metal while turning a flat sheet of metal into the rounded forms that pick up and play with light.
  • how to make your own jump rings in any size or gauge of wire needed for your chain maille (chain mail) and other metal jewelry-making projects.
  • an "old school" goldsmith's ways of bending metal and making metal rings using nontraditional mandrels and without using specialized (and expensive) metal-forming tools.
  • what work hardening is and how to use it to your advantage when making metal jewelry.
  • how to combine all your goldsmithing skills into jewelry designs and master the art of metal jewelry making.

domed metal jewelry components from dapping block  
So whether you're an accomplished jewelry maker or have just begun making metal jewelry, you'll learn great metal jewelry-making tips and techniques in our free Metalsmithing Techniques for Metal Jewelry Making video tutorial. Soon you'll be making goldsmith-quality metal jewelry in your own jewelry studio--and I can't wait to see! Share your experiences (or tips of your own) in the comments below, and post photos of your work in our gallery. 

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tonimoreno wrote
on 10 Dec 2010 8:34 AM

Got an error message could not watch.

tonimoreno wrote
on 10 Dec 2010 8:35 AM

got error message on video couldn't watch.

Erin Carey wrote
on 10 Dec 2010 12:10 PM

Hey Everyone - if you get the 1009 error try refreshing the page. If that does not work then try the using this url - in a different browser. (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox etc.)

veejaykay wrote
on 12 Dec 2010 11:44 PM

received error message - refreshed page and that didn't work either.  I use Safari and nothing else.  any help?

TammyJones wrote
on 13 Dec 2010 10:40 PM

Hi everyone. Our tech folks identified the problem and published a fix for it on Monday afternoon. Please try one more time. I believe you'll will be able to see the video now. Thank you for trying!

ferociousme wrote
on 26 Nov 2012 6:34 PM

I've looked all over the internet for a tutorial on how to make a pin back for a silver brooch and I have come up with nothing. Do you have one here?

TammyJones wrote
on 27 Nov 2012 9:52 AM

ferociousme, yes! You came to the right place. Here's the tutorial:

Hope that helps! Thanks for being part of JMD!