Handcrafted Metal Findings: 30 Creative Jewelry Components
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Metalsmiths reveal new findings in jewelry trends!
Following up their best-selling book Handcrafted Wire Findings, Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson give jewelers more techniques, more (and different) findings, and more inspiration. Handcrafted Metal Findings features 30 step-by-step tutorials for metal findings that require only basic jewelry-making skills. Working with precut metal blanks and thin-gauge sheet metal, Denise, Jane, and several contributing artists have created great-looking findings―head pins, bead caps, bails, charms, connectors, cones, and more--all without a lot of effort.
All the metalwork can be done with basic tools--no saws, no flex shaft, no oxy/acetylene tanks. Metal pieces are hole-punched, dapped, hammered, textured with stamps and tools, colorized, oxidized, and patinated. Construction techniques include simple soldering with a micro torch and cold connections such as riveting. Finished gallery pieces that incorporate some of the findings provide additional inspiration in this inspiration- and information-packed book.
turquoise rivet is facedown on the pads. Place the snap rivet setter on the back of the snap rivet and use the plastic mallet to hammer the back of the snap rivet and compress the rivet parts together (Figure 3). Note: Don’t use any other kind of hammer for this. Figure 3 6. Using the 1.25 mm hole-punch pliers, punch holes around the edge of the charm. Start at the bottom, then at points north, east, and west; then add holes in between as desired. 7. Using your fingers, bend the bail tab
will not fit into, then the number at the end of the next larger slot is the gauge of your wire or sheet. Figure 1 Cutting Cutting Metal with Shears Make sure you use shears that don’t have a serrated edge. Serrated blades will leave a very rough edge. And do not attempt to cut sheet heavier than is recommended for the shears, or you risk breaking the tool. We recommend wearing workman’s gloves while cutting sheet to protect your hands from the sharp edges, and protective eyewear is
blackening agent. Otherwise, the tumbling will just shine the blackened color into a gunmetal appearance rather than an antiqued appearance with polished highlights. 1. Place 1–2 pounds of mixed-shaped stainless steel shot in the barrel of the tumbler. Add enough water to cover the shot plus 1" (2.5 cm) and a pinch of liquid dish detergent (non-ultra) or burnishing compound (Figure 37). Figure 37 2. Add your piece of jewelry and seal the barrel. Tumble for 1 to 2 hours (Figure 38). Figure
small handheld butane micro torch, and with a little practice, it will become easy and fun. Annealing Annealing is the process of heating metal with a flame to a temperature at which it becomes soft and malleable. This can become necessary as you work, for the metal work-hardens (grows stiffer and more resistant) the more it is manipulated. Annealing usually occurs when the metal glows a dull red in the flame. The hottest part of the flame is at the blue tip inside the larger orange flame.
of findings: functional, decorative, and hybrid. Functional jewelry findings serve a purpose such as attaching pieces together. Because these components are mechanical in nature their appearance is less critical, and often minimalistic. They include pin backs, crimps, earring clips and posts, and screw backs. Decorative jewelry findings are often handmade and are intended to add beauty to the piece. These include charms, bead caps, head pins, and ear wires. Hybrid jewelry findings blend both