Covers a wide variety of surface techniques from plating to patinas and much more.
Depletion gilding is an ancient gold surface treatment, now superseded by electroplating. Add this technique to your repertoire for antique repairs.
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.
Engraving metal opens a world of design possibilities for jewelry makers. Our engraving articles cover the techniques and tools you’ll need.
Etching metal opens a world of design possibilities for jewelry makers. Learn what tools you’ll need to get started and master the techniques.
Learn how to create stunning designs on metal jewelry through inlay. Our articles cover techniques, tools, and a variety of inlay materials.
Learn how to safely add exquisite Japanese patinas to your metal jewelry. Our articles cover many traditional techniques, recipes, and materials.
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.
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.
Patinas on metal objects can be beautiful. Our Patination section covers techniques and materials you’ll need to safely add patinas to metal jewelry.
Plating and electroforming allow jewelry makers to add ultrathin layers of metal to surfaces. Our articles cover the tools and techniques you’ll need.
Popular in the 60s and 70s, reticulation brings natural-looking textures to metal. Add this retro technique to your jewelry making repertoire.
Sandblasting lets jewelry makers create matte finishes on metal pieces. Learn how to apply this technique to a variety of popular jewelry metals.
Add etchings, inlays, and patinas to your metal jewelry with surface manipulation techniques. Learn what tools and materials you’ll need to start.
Tumbling is the simplest way for jewelry makers to polish their pieces. Our articles cover the tumbler devices and abrasive media you’ll need.