Category Archives: Metalsmithing

Keum-Boo Technique by Master Goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain

This Korean technique for applying 24k gold to silver is in fact widely used in various cultures; Japanese, Chinese and in the west historically primarily to adhere gold to iron, steel and copper. I found few historical mentions in the west of application of gold to silver using the same methods used in Asia, though there are plenty of Roman and Greek artifacts which upon reexamination in recent years seem to have been gilded in this manner.

The method can also be used to attach 24k gold to itself, to apply gold foil to other standard and colored gold alloys, palladium, white gold and platinum.

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Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain lectures about and demonstrates how to make Keum-Boo foil and use the technique. This a method of applying thin sheets of pure gold to silver and other metals. This gives great design and pattern options and raises the value of a silver object at a low cost. See Video

The Korean method is also spelled kum-bu. Several Koreans have given me slightly different versions of the procedure. The version I personally prefer is to take the finished object made in sterling, depletion silver it (bring up the fine silver) by repeated heating, quenching in water and pickling until it is completely white and then heat with a hot-plate or a flame; whichever provides the most even and constant type of heating for the particular object. One may choose to brass brush with soapy water in between picklings. Thin gold foil is placed on the object and a polished steel burnisher tacks it down and then presses it over the surface fixing it permanently in place. The gold will not stick until the correct temperature is reached. If a hot plate is used generally a thickish piece of steel, copper or brass is used to transfer the heat more smoothly to the sheet silver being applied with gold foil. Continue reading

Video: Using A Mandrel, Dapping and Doming Tools

Interweave – Free Metalsmithing Techniques Video: Learn To Use,  Mandrel, Dapping block, and Doming Tools

Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication with Helen Driggs

Some items used in this video and links to purchase the tools.

Dapping Block

Disk Cutter

Jewelers Saw

Flat Head Hammer

Steel Bench Block

Sheet Metal: Aluminum, Copper, Brass, Silver

Sand Paper


Metalsmith Essentials Artisan Bails: Handmade Findings to Enhance Handmade Pendants

Metalsmith Essentials Artisan Bails: Handmade Findings to Enhance Handmade Pendants

Bail yourself out of any design crunch!

Learn how to create the right bail for every pendant

Join metalsmith and popular instructor Lexi Erickson for this jewelry-making DVD that demonstrates how to thoughtfully craft bails for your pendants. Learn the fundamental considerations for creating functional and beautiful pendant bails for every type of necklace design including chain, cord, bead, and fiber.

Explore Lexi’s studio secrets for success as you discover how to create dynamic bails from flat metal sheets using very simple tools. You’ll learn soldering tips, how to construct a bail that is appropriate to both the design and function of your work, and secret tips from this studio pro. Skip the guesswork with detailed material lists, up-close shots, and step-by-step directions from crafting your pendant to finishing it!

Create beautiful individual pendants as you:

Get Lexi’s expert tips and tricks for preparing the metal and annealing properly.
Harmonize your pendant designs as you learn where to best position a pendant bail.
Discover how to hand-finish and patina a pendant to add style and character.
Create several different bail designs from a tiny wire bail to a larger southwestern style.
And much, much more!
Don’t miss out on this informative jewelry workshop that explores design and construction of custom artisan bails for jewelry. This in-depth jewelry making class lets you start and stop when it’s convenient for you. Grab your sketch book and get ready to pump-up your jewelry designs and begin crafting one-of-a-kind masterpieces!

Metalsmith Essentials Artisan Bails: Handmade Findings to Enhance Handmade Pendants

General Metalsmithing Deluxe Collection

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The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques
By Anastasia Young
Hardcover

This is the go-to guide and essential look-it-up resource for both student and professional jewelers of all skill levels and interests. Designer and jeweler Anastasia Young has packed all the essential information you need into one amazing volume, including traditional metalsmithing skills and working with alternative materials.

Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication
with Helen I. Driggs
DVD

Join artist and experienced metalsmith Helen Driggs in 9 watch-and-learn lessons as she shows you step-by-step how to fabricate metal jewelry pieces. Boost your jewelry-making skills with these essential techniques for getting started with metal, including how-tos in sawing, filing, hammering, forging, and much more!

Metalsmith Essentials: Artisan Bails
with Lexi Erickson
DVD

Join Lexi Erickson in this jewelry-making DVD that explores how to make a pendant necklace with perfectly balanced bails. Learn the fundamental considerations for creating functional and beautiful pendant bails for every type of necklace design including chain, cord, bead, and fiber. Go in depth and step-by-step through every process from design to finishing!

Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Jewelry Fold Forming
with Travis Ogden
DVD

Join metalsmith and jewelry artist Travis Ogden in 11 watch-and-learn lessons to expand your metalsmithing knowledge with this jewelry workshop DVD for all things fold forming! Create organic and interesting 3D formed metal shapes from flat metal sheet using simple tools as you master the fold forming technique.

10 Basic Metalsmithing Projects:
The Best of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Project Compilation eBook

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist presents their 10 favorite basic metalsmithing jewelry projects. Create an exciting new wardrobe of silver and stone jewelry while you master the basics of metalsmithing. Boost your jewelry making skills with step-by-step instruction that will open a world of metalsmithing possibilities.

Jewelry Making Tools, Tips, and More, Volume 2
“Cool Tools and Hip Tips” Compilation eBook

Join Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine senior editor Helen I. Driggs for this new compilation eBook featuring two more years of “Cool Tools and Hip Tips.” Explore all of the different facets of metalsmithing with information on maintaining your tools, perfecting basic jewelry making techniques, and making your own steel tools.

Mini TruStrike 7 Piece Hammer Set with Stand
Tools

Add a complete collection of hammers to your studio and keep them all organized in the included wooden stand. This hammer set includes: a wide raising hammer, narrow raising hammer, designer hammer, sharp designer hammer, two embossing hammers, and a planishing hammer.

Want to make jewelry, but don’t know where to start? This deluxe collection of metalsmithing resources is your answer! You will be a metalsmithing pro in no time with the hours of expert instruction included in this collection. Whether you are a brand-new metalsmith or you are looking to perfect your technique, there is something for everyone!

Bonus: This collection includes a seven-piece hammer set so you can start forming, riveting, and texturing!

General Metalsmithing Deluxe Collection