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How to Care for Your Tools

Every master craftsman (or woman!) knows the importance of his (or her) tools. Jewelry making is no different. It’s essential to have quality tools for any project and ensure that your tools will last. If you have ever wondered which jewelry making tools should be used for what specific tasks and how to care for […]

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Different Types of SilverSilk

SilverSilk is a delicate, lightweight material you can use as a lovely alternative to other stringing materials. Made from thin knitted wires, SilverSilk is delicately beautiful and amazingly durable. With their growing popularity, SilverSilk has released different types of knitted wire. Here we will explain to you the differences between three different types so you […]

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How to Clean Silver

Here at Artbeads, we know tarnish never sleeps! Exposure to air and moisture create tarnish and it darkens the bright, white shine of silver. We do what we can to keep silver products from getting tarnished—store in sealed plastic bags with carbon paper strips to absorb moisture—yet the tarnish still settles on anything it can. […]

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How to Use a Wood Dapping Block

When working with metal, one of the most helpful tools is a die and punch. This tool comes with a six-sided die with circular indents on each surface that vary in size, as well as punch indents. The use of this tool is called dapping, which means to dome metal. There are lots of materials […]

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How to Use a Hole Punch

A hole punch, or hole punching pliers, is an essential tool when working with metal in jewelry designs. It creates a perfectly uniform hole every time and is ideal if you work with rivets, screws or other cold connection techniques. The hole punch you want to use depends on the thickness, or gauge, of the […]

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How to Use a Texture Hammer

A texture hammer is a great way to introduce texture into your metal designs. This texture hammer provides nine interchangeable faces that are securely attached to the hammer by a threaded collar. Step 1: To use the texture hammer, first choose the texture face you would like to use. Next, unscrew the threaded end on […]

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How to Use Rivets

Riveting metal pieces together in jewelry making is a great alternative to soldering. Riveting is a cold connection method, meaning there is no heat applied. This is useful if using flammable or fragile materials in your design. A rivet looks much like a two-headed nail. The use of rivets provides an easy and inexpensive way […]

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Chocolate and Caramel Shamballa Bracelet

After featuring this bracelet on our Chocolate Cake Day blog post a while back, there has been a huge request for the instructions for this beautiful bracelet. Perfect as a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift or for any other day of the year, you can create delightful romance when you wear this simple yet stylish piece. […]

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How to use a Closed-Loop Bead Tip

Often, the difference between fair looking jewelry and professional looking jewelry is how the piece is finished. The use of clam shell bead tips, also known as calottes, is especially important to the look of hand-knotted jewelry projects. Clam shell bead tips can increase the value of a jewelry piece because they hide the knot […]

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How to Use an End Cap or Crimp End

End caps and crimp ends can provide professional looking results to your jewelry pieces. As indicated by the name, they are most often used to finish the ends of jewelry. We have expanded our selection of end caps and crimp ends to accommodate your every need. We have a large assortment to choose from and […]

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