Techniques of Jewelry Design

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Knitting
Knitting

Yes, knitting can be done with metal. I use sterling silver cable chain in a fine gauge worked on metal knitting needles as if it were yarn. The finished piece has a fluidity that is quite unusual for metal.

Reticulation and Granulation
Reticulation and Granulation

In reticulation the different melting points of metals within an alloy can create a unique textural surface. It is an exciting process because just beyond reticulation temperature is total melt down (to be avoided). Granulation also uses melting characteristics to form perfect spheres that are fused to the metal.

Fabrication
Fabrication

This is the technique of working the metal by sawing, piercing, drilling, folding, patination with heat and soldering.

Knitting
Knitting

Yes, knitting can be done with metal. I use sterling silver cable chain in a fine gauge worked on metal knitting needles as if it were yarn. The finished piece has a fluidity that is quite unusual for metal.

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