Jewelry Making Video Tutorials and Guides

On this page you’ll find video tutorials and guides for silverwork and jewellery making techniques.

Content checked April 2018.

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24K Gold Plating Technique by Valerie Bealle – Cool Tools

Valerie Bealle, Metal Clay Artist and Instructor from Long Island, New York visited the Cool Tools studio to demonstrate how to add 24K gold plating to fine silver. In this video Valerie accents a pendant that was created using PMC Flex and one of the popular antique molds.

6 Piece Drill Set – Cool Tools

If you design with metal clay, you know drilling holes in leather hard and bone dry clay can be a little tricky. Having a tool to make it easier can help you during your design process. In this tool demo, learn to use the 6 piece drill set, and learn why this tool is a must have when working with metal clay.

At the Bench

At the Bench is an on-line jewellery training web site for anyone interested in learning to make jewellery, from a beginner right through to a professional level. A one year subscription to all the tutorials is £119.

Bail Making – How to make a bail using Wubbers Bail Making Pliers

In this video from Beadaholique see how easy it is to make a bail out of a connector or filigree piece using Wubbers Bail Making Pliers. Available in small, medium, and large, each plier actually offers you two sizes of rounds – giving you a total of 6 different bail sizes to choose from. Great way to elegantly hang pendants.

Basic Beading – Aunties Beads

Learn the basics of beading as Karla Schafer, Auntie’s Beads designer, demonstrates how to make a bracelet.

Basic Riveting – Nancy LT Hamilton

Basic Sawing Techniques

Useful tutorial about how to saw metal from Art Jewelry Magazine.

Beach Glass

Mark Nelson from Rio Grande teaches you how to tumble your own homemade beach glass and then how to safely drill it for use in jewelry projects.

Beaded Crochet Bracelet

Bracelet using Textured Crystal Clay from Beadaholique

Learn how to make a fashionable bangle bracelet by using Crystal Clay and then texturizing it with a rubber stamp. Becky Nunn of Nunn Design teaches this project from start to finish and shows you various finishing techniques and other similar examples.

Brooches and Pin Backs: Part 1

Learn about the 5 Basic Needs for a Pin: a Pin Stem, a Catch, a Joint, a Spring and a Spacer. In the second part Nancy will show you how to make two simple pin backs.

Brooches and Pin Backs: Part 2

Nancy demonstrates how to make 2 types of pinbacks.

Charm Bracelet Tutorial

This tutorial from Cookson’s is a simple charm bracelet.

Copper Riveted Bracelet – Cool Tools

Great video showing how to make a simple but very effective copper bracelet using pre-cut copper shapes and riveting them together.

Crimp Covers – Fire Mountain Gems

Crimp covers provide a professional and stylish way to finish your jewelry.

Easy Earwire Jig – Cool Tools

If you make a lot of jewelry, you’ll probably go through hundreds of earwires as you continue to create. Having a tool to easily make earwires can be useful and save a lot of money. In this tool demo, learn to use the earwire jig, and in minutes you’ll have the skills to make endless earwires.

Electroforming with Sherri Haab

Learn all you need to know about electroforming jewelry with the E3 Eform kit in this extensive video workshop with Sherri Haab. This video is a 20 minute mini workshop covering the steps and troubleshooting for electroforming and plating.

Falling Leaves Necklace – Beadaholique

This pretty necklace and earring set features lovely lucite leaves dangling from gold plated chain. They will be the perfect accent for your autumn wardrobe!

Fancy Wire with Nancy LT Hamilton

Great video showing how to make fancy wires in Nancy’s laid back style.

Finger Print Jewelry – Maggie Bergman

Taking fingerprints using common materials that are easily found & easy to do at home by anyone, using inexpensive and safe materials.

Finger Print Jewelry – Preparing a Finger Print in Photoshop – Maggie Bergman

Adjusting a fingerprint scan, so it can be used to make a photopolymer plate, using Photoshop.

Fold Forming from Rio Grande

Forged Neck Wires

Four leaf clover bead weaving ring design

Make a four leaf clover bead weaving ring design. Use bugle beads to create a triangle shaped base with groups of three swarovski beads on top of each triangle to create a clover shape.

How to make a chain bracelet using silver silk – Palmer Metals

Palmer Metals has come up with a fab new chain called Silver Silk, which can be twisted and threaded to make on-trend accessories. Corinne Bradd guides you through the step-by-step process of creating a delicate bracelet using this inventive new material!

How to make a slip, slide and lark’s head knot – Auntie’s Beads

How to Make Ear Jackets Using a Potter USA Impression Die!

This video walks you through the steps required to create a pair (or three) of sterling silver ear jackets using a single stamping. I show you the die I’m using (and why I chose it), how to make the impression using a 20-ton hydraulic press, and give you a couple variations so you can make your ear jackets adjustable in length. By cutting the stamping apart and altering its intended form, I hope to inspire you to look at your dies in a new way.

How to make headpins – Cool Tools

Head pins can be used for so many things when creating jewelry. An easy way to save money is creating your own. In this tool demo, learn to create your own headpins using our riveting anvil and a few simple tools.

How to Set Eyelets & Rivets with TierraCast Tools

In this video, Tracy tells you about TierraCast tools and components for cold connecting, including our Eyelets, Micro Washers, Eyelet Setter & Anvil and Setting Block, and our Rivets and Rivet Setters.

How to solder a simple silver bail – Cool Tools

How to thread a blade into a saw frame

Short tutorial from Art Jewelry Magazine.

How to make a bezel part 1

Well presented video showing how to make a bezel for a cabochon using traditional jewelery making techniques. This is the first part of a five part series. In this first part you learn how to create the bezel and adjust the height to fit your stone. From Art Jewelry Magazine.

How to make a bezel part 2

The second part of this video from Art Jewelry Magazine shows you how to solder your bezel.

How to make a bezel part 3

This video shows you how to shape your bezel to the stone. From Art Jewelry Magazine.

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How to make a bezel part 4

Troubleshooting your bezel. From Art Jewelry Magazine.

How to make a bezel part 5

How to solder your bezel to a backplate. From Art Jewelry Magazine.

How to use Inkless Wipes for Finger Print Jewelry – Maggie Bergman

Taking Fingerprints is easy and leaves no residue when you use an Inkless Wipe Kit. A very safe, no mess way to take prints of children.

Jewellery Maker

Video tutorials on a variety of jewellery making subjects. They also sell gemstones and jewellery and have a TV channel on UK cable or watch online.

Metal Clay and Crafted Findings

How to videos for the embeddable findings and tools sold by Metal Clay and Crafted Findings.

Micro Torch Basics

Butane micro torches are a compact and efficient heat source for soldering, firing precious metal clay, finishing enamelwork and other projects. They’re inexpensive, safe and easy to use. In this five-lesson class, best-selling author and teacher Kate Richbourg shows you how to fill, light and adjust your torch and use it to shape, secure and finish metal jewelry. You’ll learn how to size rings perfectly and how to choose the right materials. Then Kate shows you her signature stack ring set and a perfect band ring made from half-round silver wire.

Now That’s a Pliers!

The NTAP!™ tool is an effective, top-quality, hand-held wire jig that’s ideal for use with any of your Now That’s a Jig! pegs or pucks. The pliers tips are designed with a jig slot on one tip and a removable 3mm peg on the other. Secure your NTAJ! peg (or puck) to the jig slot using one of the threaded nuts (included) and adjusting as needed to get the spacing you want. Then position your wire between the pegs and squeeze the pliers to hold the wire as you wrap it around the pegs. The pliers are jointed to give you the benefit of parallel action-keeping the jaws even, no matter what combination of puck or peg sizes you are working with. Having the work in your hand gives you a great range of maneuverability as you wrap your wire.

Nunn Design

Large selection of video tutorials for making jewelry.

Paracord Bracelet Tutorial

Pearl Knotting – Beads Direct

Create a stunning necklace with a professional finish. Follow this tutorial and learn how to make a knotted pearl necklace using the Beadalon knotter tool.

How To Polish That Area Between The Bezel and Back Plate – Making and Polishing Jewellery

Quickly, Accurately Saw Around a Sharp Corner

Sawing is an essential skill for a bench jeweler. This article will show you a technique that will increase your sawing speed and accuracy when you need to make sharp corner cuts and reduce your likelihood of breaking delicate saw blades.

Renaissance Wax

Ideal for protecting jewelry from tarnish and corrosion caused by skin oils. Developed to preserve artifacts in the British Museum, this blend of natural refined and synthetic wax is ideal for protecting jewelry from tarnish and corrosion caused by skin oils.

Rio Grande YouTube Channel

Have a browse through the video tutorials from Rio Grande. They cover metal clay, bronze clay, copper clay, jewelry making, how to use tools videos, resin, forging metal, stone setting, patination and lots of other things. Well worth a browse.

Sea Glass Drop Beads Bracelet by Spoilt Rotten Beads

Seed Bead and Crystal Clay Bangle Bracelet by Beadaholique

Sharilyn Miller – Idyllwild, CA

Wirework, metal work, jewellery and beading classes. Also has workshops on DVD for sale from her website.

Soldering 101 What is Soldering – Rio Grande

Soldering and Working with Argentium Silver

Follow along with industry favorite and Argentium® Silver expert as she shares a variety of tips for working with Argentium Silver. Topics covered include soldering, annealing, fusing, how to make homemade pickle, how to choose a flux, and hallmarking your Argentium designs.

Soldering at Home – Beaducation

You don’t need a professional jeweler’s studio to solder like the pros. Instructor, Joe Silvera shows how to set up for soldering at home safely and ergonomically. Learn what tools you’ll need to have your very own soldering setup at home.

Soldering Earring Posts – Cool Tools

Terri McCarthy, local artist, instructor and metalsmith from Grafton, WI visited Cool Tools to create this “How to” video. In this basic soldering video, learn how to solder an earring post to create an earring with textured metal.

Soldering – Joining Textured Metal – Cool Tools

Terri McCarthy, local artist, instructor and metalsmith from Grafton, WI visited Cool Tools to create these “How to” videos. Terri demonstrates a technique using white-out to keep solder exactly where you want it, eliminating solder in unwanted areas.

Soldering Tip – Jewelry Arts Institute

Sterling Silver Infinity Ring

Metalsmith tinahdee shows how to to make a sterling silver infinity ring from silver wire to finish in this tutorial from her Professional Metalsmith Series.

Stone Setting using Gallery Settings – Cool Tools

Gallery settings are so easy to use! Anyone with no previous experience can set stones perfectly the first time using only a bezel roller.

Textured Bar Chain – Cool Tools

In this workshop, you’ll learn to make a very simple bar chain. This chain is very easy for a beginner and adds a fabulous touch to your jewelry creations.

Using a Jeweler’s Loupe

The Jeweler’s Loupe is an extremely useful tool to have whether you buy, sell or repair jewelry. Being able to see detail is a must. But how do you use a loupe? What kind should you buy? What features will you need?

Using a Smart Vice – Cool Tools

Bench accessories can increase your productivity and make the creating process much easier. Having a tool to hold your pieces can sometimes make all the difference. In this tool demo, learn to use the Smart Vise, and see why this handy accessory is perfect for any jewelry bench.

Vintage Lucite Flower Earrings Tutorial

Wax Carving Demonstration

Demo from In the Studio.

Wubbers Pliers Overview – Beadaholique

This video discusses the various types of Wubbers pliers available including their classic and baby series. Learn which plier is right for your needs and the differences between them.

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