Hybrid Jewellery – joining soldering and wire wrapping techniques

Before I studied as a jeweller I started out by making wire wrapped jewellery. I was fascinated by the design possibilities that could be achieved with the simple use of some wires a coupe of pliers. I was also aware of it’s limitations, which is why I decided to take my studies further. I was …

Oxidizing copper or silver with liver of sulfur

I’ve made a video on how to oxidize, or apply patina, to copper or silver. The chemical compound used in this video is potassium sulfide, also known as liver of sulfur. In its natural state it’s a solid, like little crumbly pebbles, that can be dissolved in hot water. It’s also sold already in liquid …

Identifying tools for different polishing compounds

when polishing we use different compounds, starting with a rougher, pre-polish, compound to remove sanding paper scratches and fire scale that forms while soldering. This compound is brown in colour as is also known as tripoli. We then move on to other compounds with an increasingly finer grain. For silver I use the green compound …