Black is back! See what top designers are doing with black in their jewelry and discover how to get a perfect black patina on your sterling silver. For more drama, suspend your next stones for hanging earrings using a saddle setting, which leaves most of the gem visible for maximum impact. Or, create a classic three-stone, Navajo-style silver cuff with turquoise cabochons for a different kind of jewelry with real visual impact.
Working with pewter as an inexpensive alternative to silver sometimes? Now you can cast it, too: see how as you make pewter and silver pin. Plus, if you're into casting, you won't want to miss the 36 tips, tools, and techniques we've pulled together on carving wax models for casting.
Also discover five new tools with interesting finishing applications, a favorite soldering torch, great things you can accomplish with scrap leather in the metalsmithing studio, the advantages of Wyoming jade and ocean jasper, how to harness the power of Pinterest in your jewelry sales. Plus: find out about our latest contest, the new Gemmys!