Tutorials

Wire, resin and polymer clay jewellery Tutorials
Metalsmith/Goldsmith Tutorials
Paper crafts/mixed media Tutorials

Wire, polymer clay and resin tutorials

I started making jewellery over a decade ago, after trying out several different kinds of crafts. I had finished my college degree in graphic design, was working as a web designer and planned to have children soon, so it wasn’t the right time to go back to school. For that reason, I relied on books and tutorials to learn my first jewellery skills, by trial and error. I would make the same design over and over again until I was happy with the result and then move on to the next thing. I am thankful to the artists that shared their knowledge so I could learn.

I believe experience in any area goes through three stages – learning, doing and teaching – and since people started to ask me how I did my jewellery, I began making simple tutorials or posts to share information with those who were starting out.

Since there was already a lot of information in the english language and I live in Portugal, I started out by writing my tutorials in Portuguese. Over time I’ve been translating them and so a few are also available in english. I’ll add more as I translate.


Blog posts and tutorials:

Tips for wire weaving – sampler and how to hold wires
Tool Maintenance
How to make fine tip pliers
Review of 1-step looper pliers
Conversion from AWG to mm
Twisting wire

How to make sunflower earrings

I’ll add more posts to this section as I have the opportunity to translate them.

To view some of the jewellery I make, please visit my online shop.

Metalsmith/Goldsmith Tutorials

Once I got to the point where I felt I was progressing too slowly by myself, and making jewellery had become a bigger passion than graphic design, I decided to finally enrole in jewellery classes. I found a jeweller’s studio in town and I studied there for four years. I learned a great deal about working with metal and setting stones.

I’ve written some blog posts/tutorials on the techniques I’ve learned while making jewellery for this course, with progress photos of the pieces I’ve created. I hope they can inspire and that the information I share can be helpful to fellow jewellery enthusiasts.

Metalsmith and stone setting techniques:
How to make a simple wedding band
Earrings – making post earrings and earnut
Manueline brooch – walls, pin and setting a cabochon
Triangular pendant – making a tube
Collar with prong setting
Domed ring – ring shank
Process: adding a faceted gemstone to a ring
Flower cuff bracelet
Hollow ring
Paua brooch with pierced walls
Leverback earrings with 8 prong setting
Key pendant – crown setting
How to make textured brass cuffs
Hollow “diaper” ring

Tips, techniques and other information:
Basic notions about metal
How to make an ingot and prepare a crucible
How to use a draw plate
How to anneal wire
Information on flux
How to twist wires
How to drill sheet metal
Protecting previously soldered area
How to oxidise copper or silver (LOS patina)
Recycling precious metal
How to purify silver with nitric acid
How to avoid accidents while washing jewellery components
How to clean jewellery
Setting up a mini rolling mill
DIY storage for jeweller’s saws
How not to lose small items in the pickle pot
Identifying polishing tools
Mohs scale

You may view some of my goldsmith jewellery in the portfolio.

Paper crafts/mixed media

Despite my love for making jewellery, my arts background has never left me and so I feel the need to play around with paper, paint, canvas and layouts on occasion. I make greeting cards, decorate notebook covers and canvases for photographs with mixed media techniques.

Here are some posts I’ve written on the subject.

Art journals and mixed media

Some of my greeting cards are available in the shop and I make custom notebook covers and canvases.

Home studio and organisation:
Studio remodel
DIY Home jewellery display