|Before: Scrap silver|
|After: Pendant by GeltDesigns.com|
18-gauge sterling silver sheet metal
18-gauge sterling silver wire
Jewelry saw & blade
Wet/Dry sandpaper or 3M bristle discs and flex shaft
Pickle and pickle pot
Hard solder & flux
Round nose pliers
|Mark the silver|
Draw a heart on the scrap metal. Use a jewelry saw and blade to cut out the sterling silver heart. File the edges smooth.
Sand the sterling silver heart and the copper washer to remove tool marks and dirt. You can use sandpaper or 3M bristle disks and a flex shaft to speed the sanding process. Clean with soap and water. Dry.
|Solder silver on copper|
Solder the sterling silver heart to the copper washer. Pickle to remove oxidation.
Remove the pedant from the pickle. Rinse with water. Dry.
Soldering Tips for Jewelry Makers
More Soldering Tips
Thoughts on Soldering Torches & Other Equipment
"Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition"; Tim McCreight; 2004.
"Step-by-Step Jewelry Workshop: Simple Techniques for Soldering, Wirework, and Metal Jewelry (Step By Step)"; Nicola Hurst; 2008.
"Soldering Made Simple: Easy techniques for the kitchen-table jeweler"; Joe Silvera; 2010.
"Hot Connections Jewelry: The Complete Sourcebook of Soldering Techniques"; Jennifer Chin; 2011.
Day 79. Month 4. Jewelry from Found Objects. $ spent to date: 0
Found materials: scrap silver, copper washer
New Jewelry a Day.