Metalwork Jewelry Tutorials

Learn how to make your own one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry using metalworking techniques. These DIY jewelry projects are easy and fun to make. Try one today!
Each tutorial has step-by-step photos of the process, life size templates and lots of tip to help you in the making of your unique jewelry piece.
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Amethyst Donut Fused Sterling Silver Ring DIY PDF Tutorial

Gemstone donuts are beautiful and always catch you eye at bead shows. But, when you get home, you don’t know what to do with them, so they get stashed in a box or drawer for “later”. This project incorporates one of these smaller donuts into a simple, but dramatic piece of jewelry. Fused silver has a very attractive organic, one-of-a-kind look, making it the perfect element for a unique piece of jewelry. If you have not tried fusion before, this is a small project perfect to try your hand at without risking a lot of material. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 8 pages, 18 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For intermediate skill students.
$9.95

Anticlastic Sterling Silver Ring DIY Tutorial

An anticlastic shape is one that curves around two axes, the best example of this shape is the surface of a saddle. Anticlastic shapes are structurally rigid but light weighed pieces, making them ideal for jewelry making. This project will introduce you to anticlastic raising, which tools you need and how to use them to shape a beautiful one-of-a-kind ring. The wide adjustable band of the ring shank is perfect for stamping or hammering lots of texture! You can make the ring in Silver or copper, copper looks special good with green stones. The use of a calibrated stone and pre-made commercial bezel cup makes this a good beginner’s soldering project. This was a best selling metalworking class at the Bead & Button show. The small anticlastic stake and mallet combo, the soldering locking head & shank tweezers, calibrated cabochons & bezel cups used in this tutorial are available for purchase in the tools & materials area of the website. This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file. it is 8 pages long and has 19 photos.
$14.95

Curl Bail Pendant I DIY Tutorial

This is the first of a set of simple pendants that involve no soldering. This particular setting is a curled-over bail that lets you exchange the pendant piece. You can mount a variety of beads on these heavy gauge head pins to use with the same bail. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 5 pages, 13 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For beginner skill students.
$9.95

Forged and Stamped Component Earrings DIY Tutorial

Stamping offers an infinite array of options to decorate metal. You can buy or make your own stamps. This is a simple project that involves shaping, forging and stamping wire to make a keyhole component. These components are very versatile, they can be combined to make charms, chains and other decorative elements for earrings and bracelets. This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 7 pages, 16 photos, a template and plenty of tips. The tutorial is for beginners and intermediate students.
$9.95

Loop Head Pin Bracelet DIY Tutorial

After making many beads on regular mandrels, most bead makers want to try making beads with larger holes. These beads can fit onto the popular cable bracelets on the market. They can also be used to make pendants or toggle clasps. Here we will be making a simple linked bracelet to showcase your large hole beads. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 5 pages, 13 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For beginner skill students.
$9.95

Reticulated Silver Cuff with Natural Stone Donut Focal DIY PDF Tutorial

This project is about using a large gemstone donut as the focal piece of a cuff bracelet. Reticulation on silver is a process that results in a heavily textured metal sheet. This method produces one-of-a-kind pieces, that are very dramatic and organic looking. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 10 pages, 27 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! Includes two mini tutorials. For intermediate skill students.
$14.95

Reticulated Silver Over Copper Cuff DIY Tutorial

Reticulated silver over copper cuff with foldformed cabochon. Reticulation is a process in which silver is made to buckle in to ridges and valleys adding a very interesting and strong surface texture to the metal. This method produces one-of-a-kind pieces, very dramatic and organic looking. Foldforming, a relatively new way of manipulating metal is another technique that gives a very interesting surface to metal. Our cuff will have as a focal piece a foldformed cabochon, treated with chemical patinas to achieve a deep rich blue-green color. The cabochon will be attached with a riveted setting onto the reticulated cuff. This is a perfect project to recycle all your sterling silver scraps cutouts. This is a project for the intermediate to advanced student. It requires the use of an acetylene torch with a big tip. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 18 pages, 59 photos and plenty of tips!
$24.95

Screw-on Interchangeable Cabochon Ring DIY Tutorial

Nothing beats a piece of jewelry that has interchangeable parts! And if you are the one making the parts, even better! You can make as many different ones as you want: change the shape, choose the colors of the piece to match your wardrobe. The possibilities are endless! This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 8 pages, 24 photos, a template and plenty of tips. The tutorial is for intermediate and advance students.
$19.95

Silver And Corrugated Copper Earrings DIY Tutorial

Tear Sterling silver and corrugated copper earrings Corrugation is a method of producing parallel pleats onto a flat sheet of material, in our case sheet metal. The deep texture of corrugated metal ads a great deal of visual interest to a piece of jewelry. Those deep pleated folds are also very good at holding colored patinas to enhance the design even more. This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 13 pages and 43 photos. The tutorial is for beginner’s students with some soldering experience. But it can be easily modified to be a solderless project.
$19.95

Simple Forged Neck Wire for Large Focal Bead DIY Tutorial

Large lampwork beads are time-consuming to make, but they offer the maker a larger surface area to play with color combinations, frits, and other decorations. The best way to display these large beads is often something simple that draws the eye to the focal point of the necklace: your beautiful complex bead. Forging large gauge wire is an easy way to make a sturdy choker to display your one-of-a-kind focal bead. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 9 pages, 19 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For beginner skill students.
$9.95

Tile cuff 1 DIY PDF Tutorial

This cuff bracelet was inspired by the inlay stone cuff bracelets made by the Native American Zuni tribe from the New Mexico area. The Zuni were lapidary masters. They did stone inlay on shell bases and later on in silver. Inlay consists in bringing together multiple colored stones to form a design or pattern. There are three major types of inlay: channel, mosaic or “stone to stone” inlay, cobblestone or raised inlay and chip.The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 10 pages, 24 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! It comes with a Bonus Mini Tutorial to make your own mandrel. For beginner skill students.
$9.95

Torch Fired Pendant I DIY Tutorial

Sgraffito torch fired enamel: “Sgraffito” Italian for “scratch through”, is exactly that, scratching a design trough a dry sifted coat of enamel, to reveal the previously fired color under it. This enameling method lets you “draw” any pattern with a pointed tool on the surface of your piece. When the piece is fired a second time melting the dry sifted enamel, the pattern is revealed. Tab setting is one of the easiest ways to secure a focal piece to a backing, there is no solder or heat involved, so its considered a “cold connection “ . Tabs are prongs cut from the baking piece and then bent over to hold the enamel cabochon in place. Included in the step-by step instruction you will find how to silver-plate your back plate for a different finish. Master torch firing and tab setting wile fabricating a beautiful one-of-a-kind pendant with a tab-set Sgrafitto Torch Fired Cabochon and Dangle. This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file. It has 12 pages, 40 photos and life size template of all the components. For intermediate skill students (torch use experience recommended)
$19.95

Wrap around tab tile ring DIY PDF Tutorial

Tabs are small fingers of metal, cut into a jewelry piece that lets us attach objects that we don’t want to pierce or expose to heat. In other words, it is a “cold connection”. This project is a different take from the regular tabs. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 9 pages, 24 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! It comes with a Bonus variant. For beginner skill students.
$9.95

"Clam" Ring DIY Tutorial

Another simple ring that will let us explore the use of another cold connection: the screw & nut. For the texture on this ring I used a hammer with a hand carved face. Making your own tools is another way to individualize your jewelry, and make truly one-of-a-kind pieces. To carve the face of the hammer you only need a metal cutting wheel on your rotary tool and a bench vise. This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 6 pages, 15 photos, a template and plenty of tips. The tutorial is for beginners and intermediate students.
$9.95

Chain I: Blue DIY Tutorial

Turquoise and blue is one of my favorite color combos. Since I have lots of beads in this color palette, they were perfect for a long chain. I got to use 37 of my beads. A large amount of silver went into the making of the links. Feel free to use copper instead of silver for the larger ovals and bead links. This necklace is 104 cm long (43”) and can easily be worn double with the use of an “S” clasp. The mix of different shaped beads draws the eye to go all the way around the necklace. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 9 pages, 25 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For beginner skill students.
$14.95

Etched Cuff with Bead DIY Tutorial

Etching is a process in which a metal is exposed to a corrosive solution that eats away the surface of the metal. If a design is made on the surface of the metal with a material that is impervious to the corroding action, the design will be in relief over the corroded surface not protected by the “resist”. The most commonly used etching chemical for steel, copper and brass is ferric chloride. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 6 pages, 14 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For beginner skill students.
$9.95

Fan Bail, Pendant II DIY Tutorial

Another very simple, easy no-solder pendant. This is a project for those not so big beads that came out amazing and you want to use as focal elements. The fan shape gives the pendant an oriental feel. It can be used on a long chain as seen in the photo, or it can be worn on a neck wire closer to the face. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 5 pages, 15 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For beginner skill students.
$9.95

Large Forged Head Pin and Domed Earrings DIY Tutorial

Head pins are very versatile jewelry making elements. They can be used to connect pieces, thread beads and attach elements. For our head pins I added a twist: making them with a thicker gauge than regular head pins. I forged and stamped the wire before winding the glass around the tip. Doming is a way of shaping metal that gives volume to a at sheet of material. In this case we will be doming a textured disk into a shallow bowl. This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 8 pages, 24 photos, a template and plenty of tips. The tutorial is for beginners and intermediate students.
$14.95

No Solder Blue Green Copper Tribal Earrings DIY FREE Tutorial

A “cold connection" is any method of attaching or connecting two or more pieces together without the use of heat (soldering, brazing or welding). This method is usually needed when the pieces to attach can be damage by the heat and flame of a torch. “Cold connections” can also be used as decorative elements. In this tutorial metal tubing is used in a non-traditional way. The tubing is flared and compressed to trap another piece of metal, avoiding the use of solder. This is a cold connection. These hand formed boldly colored and textured earrings are original and easy to make. This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 10 pages, a template, 20 photos and plenty of tips. The tutorial is for beginner’s students.
$0.00

Shaped Silver Pendant And Earrings DIY Tutorial

Foldforming is a technique that lets you turn a flat sheet of metal into a three dimensional object. This way of manipulating sheet metal can also add a lot of texture to it. In this tutorial we will fold a piece of metal sheet many times to give it a eye catching texture. We will add to this texture with stamped designs intermixed with the folds. Once finished with the textured metal sheet we will cut out and shape a pair of round cabochons and a tear-shaped one. The cabochons will then be framed in sterling silver using a combination bezel-tab setting for a spectacular set of earrings and pendant. The step-by-step instructions includes how to apply and preserve colored patinas for a different look on the copper cabochons. This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file. It has 16 pages, 54 photos and life size template of all the components. For intermediate skill students.
$24.95

Sterling Silver Cuff DIY Tutorial

Sterling silver cuff with foldformed insert & patina application Make a unique bold sterling silver cuff with a rich colored patina fold- formed insert. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 7 pages, 19 photos, a template and plenty of tips!
$19.95

Chain II: Earth Tone Orphans DIY Tutorial

I had a collection of earth-tone “one-of-a-kind” beads, better known as the ”orphans”. Each of the beads has some interesting detail that I loved and could not bear to part with. I always had the idea of using all of the beads together in a long chain necklace. As the beads were big, the chain links had to be big too. The organic shapes of the forged and stamped thicker gauge oval links, in sterling silver, went well with the large beads. The twisted copper wire jump rings added color and textural interest to the metal components of the chain. The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 6 pages, 18 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For beginner skill students.
$9.95

Large Washer Ring DIY Tutorial

This is a very simple and fast ring project to make if you have the 2 big disk cutters. The pyramid shaped head pin was made by pressing the hot glass into one half of a crystal shaped bead press. At the end of the ring tutorial you will find a mini tutorial and some tips to make these pyramid shaped headpins. This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 6 pages, 17 photos, a template and plenty of tips. The tutorial is for beginners and intermediate students.
$9.95

Making a bright copper cored Lampwork glass beads for jewelry - DIY FREE Mini Tutorial

The Moretti family introduced the use of copper mandrels as a “cost effective “production method of Venetian glass beads in 1920. The beads were made directly over copper mandrels that were dissolved in nitric acid after annealing. The steel mandrel & bead release combo was retaken when environmental laws made more expensive the use and disposal of copper and nitric acid. So using Copper as a core for lampwork glass is not new. This mini tutorial is about the reaction of the bare copper to the flame and its effect on clear glass. You can get two very different effects, a deep dark red or swirls of aqua blue and bubbles floating in the clear over a bright copper surface. This is a FREE PDF file for instant downloading.
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