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This week on Metalsmith Society I posted a fantastic tip from @jessicajo_designs about making perfect silver balls. I thought I would recap some of the additional information that members of the community talked about in the comments!


The tip is to use fine silver to melt into super smooth balls. In the post two silver balls are featured, the one on the left is fine silver (99.9% pure silver) and the one on the right is sterling (92.5% pure silver). The benefits of melting fine silver are that you can create smooth balls with greater ease than sterling silver, there is also no need to create divots in a charcoal block as they come out perfectly round.

If you don't have fine silver to work with there were some great suggestions made by the community in the comments section for working with sterling silver, and some general tips regardless of what kind of metal you use!

  • Using sterling casting grain can be an easy way to add decorative balls without having to melt anything
  • Slowly pulling your flame away from melting your balls can help them come out more smoothly
  • Fluxing sterling helps them come out smoother
  • Mixing fine silver and sterling scraps can also help you to create smoother balls
  • Using jump rings or pieces of wire cut to the same length can help you create the same size balls
  • Try melting silver on a piece of wood ( I'm excited to try this, but do be careful of starting a fire in your studio)

An alternative metal that was also mentioned by many people is Argentium silver, and that it balls up beautifully. Keep your eyes peeled for future posts on using Argentium silver.

Thank you to everyone who shared their knowledge on this awesome tip! If you end up experimenting with any of these tips we would love if you share it with us! You can use #metalsmithsocietyshare and tag us as well.

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Posted by Corkie Bolton on

I'm super exciting to be offering some merchandise with the amazing logos that were created for Metalsmith Society by designer Simon Beale (follow him @beardedcreative_studio). If you'd like to support Metalsmith Society you can choose from a variety of apparel and home good items. I love that these products will also help spread the word about our community, so wear them to your next workshop!


I also wanted to mention that its very important to me that the products are ethically made. Choosing products that are ethically made and sweatshop free is a little more expensive, but well worth it. 

The other important thing to know is I unfortunately cannot accept returns on Metalsmith Society goods, if you read my policies page it explains everything in detail. I want everyone to be super happy with their purchases! There are size guides included with every item and you can also feel free to reach out to me, and I will do my best to assist you!


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In early 2018 I was feeling a bit frustrated with Instagram. I was putting tons of effort into gorgeous photos and thoughtfully written posts (showcasing my jewelry) but my growth and engagement sucked. Algorithm changes and the grind of posting daily on my business account (@corkieboltonjewelry) had me feeling discouraged. I had however made some amazing friends and marveled at Instagram's power to connect people. So I had an idea: what if I started a page that connected jewelers that were willing to help each other out? @metalsmithsociety was born.
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