Monday, November 29, 2010

Make a Tricolored Riveted Pendant & Chain

So I understand that Clinton Kelly declared wearing matching jewelry on  his list of top 100 fashion mistakes in his book Oh No She Didn't: The Top 100 Style Mistakes Women Make and How to Avoid Them.

With apologies to Clinton Kelly, sometimes it is fun to wear coordinating, if not matching, jewelry. Today's pendant was inspired by yesterday's Tricolored Riveted Earrings. I am afraid to say the pendant "matches" for fear of incurring the wrath of the fashion police, but the pendant and  earrings certainly work together.

I love rivets and other cold connections. I became fond of cold connections when I began working with glass. Like the earrings, this pendant also uses a rivet to connect the three different colored metal pieces.

Step 1
Select the metals. We again took advantage of scrap metal,  as we did with Tricolored Riveted Earrings. We used copper, brass and nickle silver sheet metal for this project.

Step 2
Cut the disks using a disc cutter or jewelry saw. File and sand the disks until the edges are jewelry smooth and all fabrication marks are removed.

Step 3
Dome the top disk. We used a dapping set to dome the copper disk.

Step 4
Drill a hole through the center of each disk.

Step 5
Burn the end of 18-gauge copper wire with a torch until a ball forms at the end of the wire. Pickle the copper wire in a warm acid pickle bath to remove the oxidation formed when burning the end of the wire. Rinse the copper wire with water to remove the acid pickle residue.

Step 6
Rivet the pendant and create the pendant bail. To do so, feed the wire through the drilled holes of all three disks. Bend the wire up against the back of the brass disk. Run the wire along the back of the brass disk. Wind the 18-gauge round copper wire four or five times around a pencil or other mandrel just above the disk. Cut off the copper wire and file the end of the copper wire with a needle file until it is very smooth.

Step 7
Feed the chain through the copper wire bail. We used a handmade "S" brass chain (with an "S" clasp) we made for another project, but you can substitute any chain-- just before to adjust the size bail you make for the chain you use.

Further Reading:
How to Use a Disc Cutter  
Make Your Own Discs with a Disc Cutter 
How to Use a Jewelry Saw

How to Dome Metal
Make Your Own "S" Chain
How to Smooth Sharp Edges on Copper, Brass and Sterling Wire
How to Make a Sterling Silver & Amethyst Riveted Flower Pin

 GeltDesigns Tutorials by Topics 

About Cold Connections
Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet: Making Designer Metal Jewelry (Lark Jewelry Books)
Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists
Making Metal Jewelry: Projects, Techniques, Inspiration

About Fashion
Oh No She Didn't: The Top 100 Style Mistakes Women Make and How to Avoid Them
Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone ElseDress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body
Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work
Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn's Guide to Style)
Nina Garcia's Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion
The Style Checklist: The Ultimate Wardrobe Essentials for You


Disc Cutter
6"half-Round No"00"cut Swiss file
Needle Files

Torch, Pickle & Bath
Blazer GB2001 Self-Igniting Butane Micro-Torch
Pickle Pot

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