I've searched, and the information is overwhelming. I just want to know: can I solder silver jumprings closed with a soldering iron? If so, what kind of solder do I need? And if not, what is the cheapest possible way to do this? The jewelry store will charge me like $10 per, and this is unacceptable for my purposes. This is for small silver charms. Doesn't have to look perfect, but I also don't want to poison myself. [more inside]
My cousin was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was given a pair of stamped metal tags, and I would like a pair to match to show solidarity, but have had no luck. I reached out to his friend who gave him the original but didn't get an answer. Here's a photo.
My mom recently gave me a ring that she's had for a while. It's a star sapphire with 2 tiny diamonds, set in a 10k white gold band. Therein lies the problem: I have a nickel allergy, and thus can't wear 10k gold. What do I need to know/what can I expect with regard to getting the stones set in a new band? [more inside]
I have a wax model (a small buckle). I'm interested in getting 500 or so brass or bronze castings made of it. Does anyone have any experience with a contract casting house? Who? How were they to deal with? What were prices like?
How can I go abut learning jewelry making? Real metalsmithing, not just stringing beads on wires... [more inside]
Are there localized metal allergies? I think I may have one. [more inside]
Removing nail polish from a diamond & white gold engagement ring? [more inside]
Looking for a black, matte-finish metal for a durable men's ring. Ideas? Things to avoid? [more inside]
I want to make jewelry! Like, real jewelry. Read: metalsmithing, not putting manufactured beads on wires. What tools should I buy? What books would you recommend? Do I need to take a class or not? [more inside]