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Covers a wide variety of surface techniques from plating to patinas and much more.

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Depletion Gilding

Depletion gilding is an ancient gold surface treatment, now superseded by electroplating. Add this technique to your repertoire for antique repairs.

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E-Coating

Learn how e-coating (electrostatic coating) can add vibrant colors to your metal jewelry. Check out the latest methods and tools and see the results.

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Engraving

Engraving metal opens a world of design possibilities for jewelry makers. Our engraving articles cover the techniques and tools you’ll need.

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Etching

Etching metal opens a world of design possibilities for jewelry makers. Learn what tools you’ll need to get started and master the techniques.

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Inlay

Learn how to create stunning designs on metal jewelry through inlay. Our articles cover techniques, tools, and a variety of inlay materials.

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Japanese Patinas

Learn how to safely add exquisite Japanese patinas to your metal jewelry. Our articles cover many traditional techniques, recipes, and materials.

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Keum-Boo

Keum-Boo is an ancient Korean gilding method for adding gold to the surface of other metals. Add this technique to your jewelry making repertoire.

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Niello

Niello is a black metal mixture used since ancient times as an inlay material. Learn to mix your own niello and add it to your jewelry designs.

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Patination

Patinas on metal objects can be beautiful. Our Patination section covers techniques and materials you’ll need to safely add patinas to metal jewelry.

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Plating and Electroforming

Plating and electroforming allow jewelry makers to add ultrathin layers of metal to surfaces. Our articles cover the tools and techniques you’ll need.

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Reticulation

Popular in the 60s and 70s, reticulation brings natural-looking textures to metal. Add this retro technique to your jewelry making repertoire.

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Sandblasting

Sandblasting lets jewelry makers create matte finishes on metal pieces. Learn how to apply this technique to a variety of popular jewelry metals.

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Surface Manipulation Articles and Videos

Add etchings, inlays, and patinas to your metal jewelry with surface manipulation techniques. Learn what tools and materials you’ll need to start.

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Tumbling

Tumbling is the simplest way for jewelry makers to polish their pieces. Our articles cover the tumbler devices and abrasive media you’ll need.

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