Types of Silver Solder in Jewelry

Types of Silver Solder Used in Jewelry

Many jewelers remember falling in love with metalsmithing at their first torch soldering experience. That mercurial silver flash when solder starts to flow is magical. But, what is actually happening at that moment? What is the science behind soldering? Learning more about solder can improve your workmanship and help you to choose that right materials for each job. 

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5 Ways to Use a Rolling Mill in your Jewelry Studio and Maintenance Primer

Rolling mills and jewelry studios go hand in hand. Some jewelers use their rolling mills to imprint patterns on an annealed metal sheet. Others use a rolling mill as the raw material workhorse of their studios.  I personally have always seen it as a luxury. As a texture and patterning tool to run brass pattern sheets through or fun found objects. It sort of just sat in studios that I visited, used but not too often. That all changed. Read on to see how the rolling mill can become indispensable in your studio practice.

3 Types of Necklace Chain Extenders

Don’t get stuck with a too-short necklace! Whether it’s by a customer’s need or desire, longer necklaces are a must to carry. Necklace extenders can help take any pre-made design and add length. Learn about some of the most popular types of extenders Halstead carries.

What is an Alloy

What is an Alloy?

Learn how the structure of metal and the properties of different alloys impact common materials in jewelry creation.
As a jeweler, there is nothing more rewarding than learning how to take your designs from paper to metal form.