Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Make a Hammered Pendant from Washers

Choose two copper washers
We made this simple, elegant pendant with only copper washers and scrap sterling silver wire. I really like the way it looks... and I especially like the fact that few would guess that this pendant was made only from found materials.

Find scrap wire
2 copper washers
18-gauge sterling silver wire

Bordering or goldsmith hammer
Steel bench block
Soldering torch & equipment (optional)

Step 1
Select two different sized copper washers.

Step 2
Add texture to the washers by placing the copper washers on a steel bench block and then hammering the washers with a bordering hammer.

Step 3
Select or create a bail. we made our bail from 18-gauge sterling silver wire that we collected from our scrap bin.

Mixed metal layered circles pendant in sterling silver and copper with sterling silver snake chain
After: Sterling and Copper Pendant
Step 4
Put the textured washers on the bail. The bail will hold the two copper washers in place.... but if you do not want the washers to move (and make noise) when worn you can sweat solder the washers before putting the washers on the bail.

Related Tutorials
Make a Pendant Bail
Make a Heart Pendant from a Copper Washer
Cold Enamel a Washer to Make a Pendant
Make a Stamped Pendant from a Washer
Make a Three Strand Bracelet from Copper Washers
Make a Bib Necklace from Washers

Further Reading
"The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewelry Making Techniques: A Comprehensive Guide for Jewelers and Metalsmiths"; Vannetta Seecharran
"Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition"; Tim McCreight; 2004.
"Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing (Jewelry Crafts)"; Tim McCreight; 1997.

Day 94  Month 4. Jewelry from Found Objects.  $ spent to date: 0
Found materials: copper washer, scrap sterling
New Jewelry a Day.

1 comment:

  1. This is a super easy tutorial suited for beginners! Thanks for sharing. I will feature/link in a future post so others can come visit.