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.
Anticlastic Raising is a way of shaping metal, curving it into different
directions like the shape of a horse’s saddle.
The shapes obtained with this method are very organic and beautiful.
They are also very strong; this means that thinner gauge metal can be
used to make lighter pieces.
Our cuff will be shaped into an asymmetric anticlastic spiral.
With one large lampwork wavy disk on the wide side, and a small disk
in a contrasting color on the narrow side.
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 8 pages, 16 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For intermediate skill students.
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.
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.
In this tutorial we will be constructing a split bezel & tab setting for a straight sided, angular shape.
The flat shape will be made out of a multicolored piece of polymer clay.
As an alternative you can substitute the polymer piece for a torch fired enamel piece.
The project can also be turned into a solder-less piece using "cold connections “.
The instructions for a customized stainless steel cable necklace with matching clasp are also included in the step-by-step instructions.
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 11 pages, 29 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For beginner skill students.
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
This method produces one-of-a-kind pieces, that are very dramatic and organic
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.