Annealing: (or, creating elbow room)

To heat and cool-quench silver rendering the silver pliable. The first step in preparing the metal before working it. Used when a project has become work-hardened. Unlike “annealing” in glass, which is the cooling and hardening process, annealing with silver spreads the molecules of the silver giving them elbow room.


The colorless flammable gas used as fuel for a heating torch for smithing. Mixed with air, or oxygen to create a flame for soldering.


A created loop that connects a pendant to a chain.


Surrounding a stone with a collar of metal to create a setting.


A gemstone in the shape of a dome as opposed to a facet.


The creative discipline of jewelry making beginning with sheet and wire using soldering and fusing as connectors to create a finished product. Contrasts to casting which creates a model and mold.

Findings: (they were never actually lost)

Components used in jewelry construction and assemblage. Examples: ear wire, posts, clasps, and pins.

Flux: (or, what the heck is that neon green fluid?)

A fluid medium that keeps solder clean while heating and promotes the solder flow.


Hammering, twisting, bashing or otherwise punishing metal to the shape that you desire. Great for working out your aggressions.


A method of joining metal parts or pieces together by melting another metal alloy with a lower melting temperature at the joining point. Multiple melting points of solder (hard, medium, soft) can be used for soldering multiple joint designs.


Heating the surface of silver sheet to a semi-melt and then cooling to create a wrinkled texture.


When molecules are forced together by hammering and forging resulting in a hardening of the metal.

A few terms that are good to know. You will hear these words in class, or flying around in workshop or open studio.