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Metal and Wire

Includes chain mail jewelry, wire-wrapping, and other metal work. (Note: see Polymer Clay category for precious metal clay.)

How to Antique or Oxidize Brass star
Learn which chemicals you can use to create a dark, antiqued finish on brass beads and findings.

How to Make a Byzantine Chain star
The sequential-link Byzantine chain is easy to make using unsoldered jump rings.

Info - Metalwork, an Introduction star
Information to help you decide whether wire work or metalsmithing jewelry-making techniques are right for you.

Know your Metal star
Copper, Silver, Brass, and Zinc are just a few great materials to work with when creating beautiful jewelry. Understand your metals and solders when you are planning your piece. Avoid melting expensive metal by learning metal properties and melting temperatures before you begin your project.

Project - Metal Earrings, Chain Mail Cascade Earrings star
This chain-mail jewelry project designed by Anne Kelly results in delicate, cascading earrings.

Project - Metal Necklace, Sterling Silver Wire and Turquoise Bead star
Make a striking necklace with hand-forged sterling silver wire connectors and wrapped turquoise bead links.

SUBJECT Offsite Links - Material Metal star

SUBJECT Offsite Links Material Metal Wirework Jewelry star

Techniques - Chain Mail Jewelry, Byzantine Chain star
How to create a Byzantium chain out of unsoldered jump rings

Tips - Oxidizing Brass for an Antique Look star
How to antique or oxidize brass.

Tips - Oxidizing Sterling Silver for an Antique Look star
Learn how to add an oxidized finish to a sterling silver connector and bead-link necklace.

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