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Melissa Muir Wire Cuff

Jewelry Wire Work Tips from Melissa Muir

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Learn wire jewelry frame fabrication tips from one of our preferred studio teachers, Melissa Muir. She shows you step by step how to make this gorgeous wire work cuff using Halstead’s Sterling silver supplies and a beautiful cabochon! Go beyond wire wrapping by soldering materials together to create elegant designs.

Soldering Gold-Filled Jewelry

Soldering Gold-Filled Jewelry

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We receive more questions about gold-filled items than any other products here at Halstead. We have addressed many material issues in past articles. But, this piece will focus on how to solder gold-filled jewelry items and the issues that may arise. Soldering gold-filled is tricky and requires knowledge about the material before you attempt it.

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Soldering Copper & Brass Metals in the Jewelry Studio

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Copper and brass are fun materials to work with in the jewelry studio. They are beautiful in their own right and they are perfect for learning new techniques. But, soldering these metals raises unique issues in design and technical execution. Learn more from our Studio Coordinator, Erica Stice.

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How to Pick Solder in the Jewelry Studio

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If you have a small piece or want a precise join without a lot of solder flowing, learn to pick solder. Pick soldering minimizes solder messes and heat on your jewelry piece to prevent melting disasters. Add this skill to your bench resume today.