CHAPTER 3 Metal and Other Materials

Once your studio has been outfitted with all the tools necessary to cut, shape, and join metal, learning and honing the techniques to work with metal is the next step. This chapter covers the basic properties of metal; the fundamentals of metals techniques and processes; and explores the properties of other materials as well. The more knowledge a jeweler has with his or her materials, the more creative they can be with their work. Those who take the time to learn about their material, its limits, and its capabilities are usually the pioneers of great designs.

Properties of Metal

A studio jeweler is by nature a metalsmith. Although most jewelers steer clear of iron and steel, they still are required to be informed ...

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