What is Metalsmithing?
We define metalsmithing as "creating jewelry through the manipulation of various metals." Those manipulations or metalsmithing techniques include fabricating metal jewelry by forming and shaping it with hammers, mandrels, and other tools, sawing with a jeweler's saw or cutting with metal snips, doming with a metal dapping set, forging, fold forming, drilling holes for design elements or for use with cold connections such as rivets and screws, soldering, texturing metal with hammers and other metalsmithing tools, and metal stamping.
Other specialty metalsmithing techniques include: (defintions included)Chasing and repoussé - is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. It is a form of toreutics. (Source: Wikipedia)
Etching and engraving: Etching is a method of using chemicals to cut a design or pattern into a metal surface. Engraving is the art or technique of carving designs into a surface. (Source: Google)
Electroforming and Electroplating: Electroforming, the intricate process of fusing copper onto another medium where a low voltage charge is passed through the materials to create a relief that becomes a separate part in its own right, allows artists to create thicker copper structures layered over other materials like glass or wax. Electroplating, creates a totally new layer and is actually a science, a method that reflects the best copper use in art. (Source: Copper Development Association Inc.)
Raising: Forming metal over (or on) a stake (of some sort) using a hammer to compress and stretch the metal. (Source: Jewelry Arts Network)
Swaging: Is a forging process in which the dimensions of an item are altered using dies into which the item is forced. Swaging is usually a cold working process, but also may be hot worked. (Source: Wikipedia)
Reticulation: Produces a ridged or ripply surface through controlled heating. The ridges of a reticulated surface are more pronounced than any other surface treatment. (Source:MJSA Journal)
Casting: Is a manufacturing process in which a liquid material is usually poured into a mold, which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape, and then allowed to solidify. (Source Wikipedia)
Creating settings such as bezels