Jewelry Lab: 52 Experiments, Investigations, and by Melissa Manley

By Melissa Manley

Jewelry Lab makes use of brevity to ignite a keenness for operating the metals techniques and studying approximately the entire methods steel can be utilized. It presents aspiring metalsmiths and jewellery makers the way to research basic recommendations that's quickly and enjoyable. as well as the elemental abilities corresponding to sawing, drilling, soldering, and completing, the e-book covers texturing, etching, rolling, coloring, patinas, forming, connections, findings, solders, bezels, rivets, and different experimental techniques. This isn't really a venture e-book; quite, it's an approachable, unintimidating workbook that breaks metals strategies down into very particular experiments, corresponding to texturing or plastic deformation of steel, with out target in brain except to adventure how steel strikes. Readers discover ways to comprehend extra approximately steel, find out how to grasp it, and achieve a deep, considerate underlying appreciation for method and procedure, turning into entranced with finely crafting items with nice care.

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You can cut aluminum from drink cans and bottle tops or purchase it in sheet or wire form from select suppliers. c CHAPTER 3 a b d e Steel Steel is an alloy of iron and (usually) carbon. It is very hard and rusts when left untreated. Stainless steel (b) contains chromium, which inhibits rust. You can purchase stainlesssteel wire and findings from select jewelry suppliers. Galvanized steel (c) is coated with a thin layer of zinc, which also inhibits rust. You can find galvanized wire at hardware stores, but it has a dull sheen and a utilitarian appearance.

Designate a separate container for scraps of each type of metal that you have. You can use some scraps in future projects and send most others away to be recycled (see the tip “Save Your Metal Scraps” on page 71). ● Label your metal sheet and wire by type, gauge, and temper. The labels shown in the photo are masking tape, which is easy to remove. PROTECT YOURSELF Although metal work is not inherently dangerous, you still should protect yourself from possible injury. Here are some important safety rules to follow: ● Wear safety glasses whenever you drill, cut, hammer, or otherwise manipulate metal in a way that could cause a piece of the metal—or a piece of a broken tool—to fly into the air.

26 Make and Use Jump Rings . . . . . . . . 27 Form Wire Links and Wraps . . . . . . . . 30 String Beads . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Cut Wire M ost wirework projects require that you cut wire to a specified length and trim off excess wire after completing a task. CUT WIRE WITH SIDE CUTTERS When you use side cutters to cut wire, always position the straight sides of the blades toward the wire that you’re cutting or the component that you’re working on. This creates a flush cut (a), which is nearly straight.

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