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Methods To Patina Your Metals

Patina Methods

The methods and results in applying a patina to different metals are varied. I have only applied a patina to  silver jewellery but by doing some research I have discovered information and results on other metals. As you will discover in this post. Continue reading Methods To Patina Your Metals

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Using Liver of Sulpher

Liver Of Sulppher

This is the first time I have used liver of sulphur to patina my silver rings. I really liked the effects that that other people have created with this process so I decided to give it a try. Continue reading Using Liver of Sulpher

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A Lesson Learned By Resoldering A White And Yellow Gold Ring

Jeff and I were invited to lunch at a friends place. While we were there the female friend asked me if I could re-solder a gold ring, I thought about it for a moment and then said yes. The only thing was I didn’t know that it would be a problem because it was white gold plate with yellow gold. Continue reading A Lesson Learned By Resoldering A White And Yellow Gold Ring

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My First Project With My New Square Mandrel

Square Mandrel with ring

Jeff and I went to Australian Jewellers Suppliers to purchase some new tools. While we were there we were shown a couple of different shaped mandrels. The square one appealed to me and the sales person said that they thought square rings were quiet popular so I purchased one. We also purchased a GRS bench mate I can’t wait to use this as well but that will be in another post.

The next thing is to decide what to make as my first project with the square mandrel. Continue reading My First Project With My New Square Mandrel

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Soldering Stackable 14k Rose Gold Rings and Yellow Gold Rings

Stackable gold filled rings

It has been great making sterling silver rings but I wanted to venture into making gold rings. To buy pure gold wire was way too expensive  to start with. So I decided to find out where I could get gold filled wire. I surfed the internet and found Inspire With Wire. Unfortunately they only have a small range of gold filled wires. Anyway, I purchased some 18 & 16 gauge 14K yellow gold filled half hard round wire,  18  & 16 gauge 14K rose gold filled soft round wire and 18 gauge 14K yellow gold filled twisted wire from them. Continue reading Soldering Stackable 14k Rose Gold Rings and Yellow Gold Rings

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Making A Sterling Silver Cabochon Ring – Part 2

Rings With Glass Cabs

This is my second attempt in making a sterling silver cabochon ring. As you would have read in part 1, I had trouble attaching the sterling silver disc to a ring band. What  learned was that I needed to purchase another tool, a third hand ( this has 2 hands on a mounting plate) so I order it and once I received it I attempted to make the glass cabochon ring again.

The third hand was wonderful to use I could hold everything with this so it left my hands free. It was so much easier to place the disc on the third hand platform and then use both of the hands to hold the band onto the disc.Then I placed solder around the disc and band applied the heat and it all solder wonderfully.

Once I had the ring made I quenched it and used a brassl brush to clean it up. Then I dried it with a clean rag and polished it with the flex shaft and polishing discs.

The next step was to attached the cabochon onto the ring. I used Araldite Ultra Clear glue to attached the cabochon.

After allowing the glue to set I had my ring.

Sterling Silver Ring With Large  Glass Cabochon
Sterling Silver Ring With Large Glass Cabochon

Once I had made the large ring. I decided to also make a small ring with a small glass cab on it as well. Again I made the small rings the same way and as you can see from the picture it all went well. The glass cabochons were all made by Jeff.

Small glass cabochon ring
Small glass cabochon ring

I also made a stamped ring, with this ring I made the ring with 1mm sterling silver wire, stamped the small sterling disc before soldering in onto the ring.

Glass Cabochon Sterling Silver Rings
Stamped Sterling Silver Ring

   

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Warning Warning!! About Micro Torches???

Micro Torch That Cought On Fire

Micro Torches are a great tool but you need to be aware that buying cheap torches from hardware or some where other than a jeweller suppliers can be risky. My experience from buying a cheap micro torch has made me realize this and that is why I’m warning you. Continue reading Warning Warning!! About Micro Torches???