FREE Metalsmith Supplies List for Beginners

When I first had an interest in learning metalsmithing, I looked everywhere for a list of what I would need to get started. I found a beginner's kit online that was helpful but had very little of what I really needed. After a few years of struggling to teach myself, I thought I would save other beginners time by providing a list of tools that you will need to start metalsmithing. This list will get you started on your metalsmithing journey! It is only the minimum of what you will need to start and a few extras that have been my favorites. All essential tools will cost in total $320-$400(this is not including the cost of materials and the optional...

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How to Preserve and Care for Your Jewelry

There are several ways to preserve your jewelry and keep it in tip top shape(see how to clean your Jewelry on my blog here). Here are a few ways to keep your pieces from tarnishing. One of the best ways I have found to maintain my jewelry is to use a small amount of renaissance wax polish. Simply rub a tiny bit on with a clean microfiber cloth and buff it off. A wax polish does two things. First, it brings out an extra shine and gloss that gives your jewelry that extra pop. And second, it provides a thin layer of a non reactive coating that will protect the jewelry from oxidizing elements such as sweat, dirt, water and air....

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3 Proper Ways to Organize Your Jewelry - Keep from Tarnishing

 I have stored my jewelry numerous ways over the years. Different storage options have their own pros and cons but at the end of the day the best way is whatever provides you with easy access to your jewelry.  When it comes to storing your jewelry, first and foremost, you want your jewelry pieces to be enclosed to help the pieces from oxidizing. When you leave jewelry out and exposed to open air, moisture, and dirt it tarnishes much more rapidly. The most inexpensive way to store your jewelry is to keep it in a plastic organizing divider box. Such as this storage grid box not only will help keep jewelry from oxidizing but help all your necklaces from getting tangled....

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Simple and easy Jewelry cleaning

Jewelry cleaning is not complicated and you can easily do it at home. As jewelry is worn and exposed to the elements it will tarnish. Tarnish is when the surface layer of the jewelry oxidizes and creates a small layer of discoloration causing the piece to look old or dull. It is quite literally rusting. In the case of silver you get a dull yellowing and darkening of the jewelry and it loses its lustrous shine and vibrancy. To restore your jewelry to its original beauty this small layer of tarnish needs to be scrubbed away, chemically reduced(the opposite of oxidized), or both.   Here is before and after of four different ways to clean your jewelry. Keep reading to learn...

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Jewelry 101: How to Pick Quality Jewelry

Jewelry is more than just a symbol of wealth. Most of the time, people buy jewelry as a means of self-expression. It gets even more personal if they’re buying the same as a gift for a significant other. Choosing jewelry for yourself or for someone else is as exciting, as it is stressful. When you attempt to do it for the first time, there seems to be a lot more to consider than the sheer beauty of the piece.  Here are tips to make the purchase a bit easier, so that the next time you buy, it’ll be a breeze.First things first—check out the craftsmanship of the piece regardless of whom you’re buying from. You may be getting it from...

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