Berta's Metal Art Blog

Preparing for Show Season!

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Show season is about to open up here in Oregon and it has me thinking about my time vending in local shows.  Now, I get a THRILL making big, gawdy, in-depth pieces of jewelry using expensive materials and showing off what I can do. I take pride in completing a challenge every time I make something I didn't expect to be able to do, and I know that a vast majority of you all feel the same way. But let's not forget... we have a bottom line, and we won't be able to meet our minimum income to obtain even...

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New to Metal Art and Don't know where to start?

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Many of us began our journey into metal art just enjoying the jewelry we already have, never really putting any thought into how it's all made or who made it. Others in our craft were raised by a household that supported itself off of the industry and it's always been a part of their lives. Whatever set off that spark that brought you here - encouraging you to make your own jewelry whether for sale or self fulfillment - you're going to need a good starting point.  While those who later become professional jewelers attend accredited schools and apprentice to...

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Soldering Gallery Wire!

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Having a hard time soldering gallery wire? Here’s how I use it without melting tines! First of all, I always use paste solder. It’s just easier: the flux is mixed right in with the solder so you just place it where you want it to go. No fiddling with chips and flux... The syringe makes it easy. Also, it has a wider spread than traditional solder so it will go where you need it (and then some, sometimes, especially with a pattern under it.. but that’s okay with the pattern you won’t even notice.) Second, I NEVER place the flame...

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How to NOT Dent Your Texture Plate!

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No! You Don't Need a Rolling Mill for Texture Plates!

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One of the more common misconceptions about texture and pattern plates is that you HAVE to have a Rolling Mill to make it work. Nope. Negative. Not True. Here's the thing... They way your metal gets an impression off a texture plate is by using compression. All you have to do is press the silver into the recesses. That's it! Now, you're still pressing a softer metal into a harder metal, so yes it is going to require some work. but it isn't impossible to use these plates with various methods of compression. While a rolling mill is more common,...

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