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!
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.
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.
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.
Tabs are small tongues cut into sheet metal that when folded or wrapped around an object can attach it to the metal sheet.
Tabs are one of the simplest “cold connections “.
In this project we will use them to set a small cylindrical bead on to a wide textured ring band.
This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 5 pages, 14 photos, a template and plenty of tips. The tutorial is for beginners and intermediate students.
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!