5 Myths About Becoming A Metalsmith

When I first started my journey into metalsmithing I was intimidated by all the sharp tools and open flames. I also had many doubts that I had ability to create a piece of jewelry that would be well crafted enough to sell. When I decide to take this hobby more seriously I heard a lot of  discourage misconceptions about smithing. In this blog post, we will explore the top 5 myths about becoming a metalsmith and dispel them.

Myth 1: Metalsmithing is too difficult to learn on your own

One of the most common misconceptions is that metalsmithing is too complex to learn without formal training. However, with the abundance of online tutorials, workshops, and community classes, learning the craft has never been easier. With dedication, patience, and a willingness to learn, anyone can become a skilled metalsmith.

Myth 2: You need expensive equipment to get started

Another myth is that metalsmithing requires a large investment in equipment and tools. While some specialized tools can make the process easier, many beginner projects can be completed with just a few basic tools such as pliers, a saw, and a file. As you advance in your skills, you can invest in more advanced tools, but you don't have to break the bank to get started.

Myth 3: Metalsmithing is only for those with fine motor skills

Some people believe that metalsmithing requires a high level of dexterity and fine motor skills. However, these skills can be developed over time with practice, just like any other craft. Whether you have natural fine motor skills or not, metalsmithing is an art form that can be learned by anyone.

Myth 4: It takes years to become proficient

While it takes time and practice to become a skilled metalsmith, it doesn't take years. With the right resources and dedication to learning, you can become proficient in just a few months. The more time and effort you put into it, the more skilled you will become.

Myth 5: You can't make a living as a metalsmith

One of the biggest myths is that it is not possible to make a living as a metalsmith. While it can be challenging to make a full-time living solely from jewelry making, many metalsmiths have found success in selling their work at local markets, online, or even opening their own studios. With hard work and dedication, you can turn your passion for metalsmithing into a viable career.


Becoming a metalsmith is a rewarding and achievable goal for anyone with a passion for the craft. Don't let myths and misconceptions hold you back from exploring this exciting and creative field. With the right resources, dedication, and patience, you can become a skilled metalsmith in no time.


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