Creating with Metal

By on March 19, 2014
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by Judy Ellis,


Jewelry Resource for March 19, 2014

Creating with Metal

Are you interested in learning more about how to make metal jewelry? Or maybe you have some experience, but want some additional practice… In either case, in our Metalworking 101 DVD Series Patti Bullard walks you step-by-step through 6 projects that are not only fun to create, but beautiful. Today I wanted to offer you a peek at some of the projects that Patti creates. I know you’ll love them!

Metalworking 101 DVD Series Projects

DVD 1: Earring EssentialsFunctional Zipper Pulls

Make 2 different pairs of earrings in Earring Essentials. Learn to solder post earrings and make ear hooks, explore dapping and texturing, and make a wire wrapped dangle. You’ll learn all the basics of soldering, including pickling, quenching, torch safety, and Patti’s little tricks to make soldering fun and easy.

DVD 2: Geometric Links Bracelet

Functional Zipper Pulls

Shape heavy-gauge wire around Wubbers® mandrel pliers and make perfect soldered joins while making this Geometric Links Bracelet. Discover Patti’s satin-smooth finish secret and find the best tool for the job. You’ll create a dangly, jangly bracelet that is a great gift and will help you practice soldering.

DVD 3: Mix & Match Stacking Rings

Mix & Match Stacking Rings

Use special wire and the soldering techniques we’ve practiced to create your own Mix & Match Stacking Rings. Discover how to solder a ring, attach a bezel cup, and set a cabochon in the bezel. Plus tips on finishing the rings and applying patina.

DVD 4: Mixed Metal Collage Pendant

Mixed Metal Collage Penant

Step into an art & composition cold connections workshop with this Mixed Metal Collage Pendant. Discover what makes a collage pendant interesting, learn to punch and rivet metal, and make a one-of-a-kind bail. Then turn on your flame to paint with heat patinas! Includes a tracing example and a composition guide.

DVD 5: Discover Open Back Bezels

Open Back Bezels

Use pattern wire and soldering techniques to create an open back bezel, which you can use to make earrings and pendants. Fill an open back bezel with EnCapture Concrete to embed your treasures, and discover how to add color to the background. Exploring Open Back Bezels will open your eyes to all the possibilities!

DVD 6: Twinkle Star Bracelet

Twinkle Star Bracelet

Stamp and decorate this mixed metal Twinkle Star Bracelet to create a charming link bracelet. Solder and cold connect to create a piece that fits the wrist perfectly and showcases your mastery of soldering techniques.

Do you want to know more?

A little bit about Patti: Patti Bullard is a jewelry instructor, the inventor of Wubbers® pliers, and a lifelong artist. Patti has taught wire working and metal-smithing across the United States since 2004, and loves sharing her enthusiasm and techniques with others. Patti’s experience in many forms of jewelry creation has given her a unique insight into the best tools and creation methods, and she enjoys teaching others how to craft unique jewelry pieces. You’ll be amazed how easy Patti makes soldering!

Pick up your own Metalworking 101 DVD Series today!

Metalworking 101 DVDS

Happy Metalworking!

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