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Gemstone Moh’s Hardness Scale

Mohs Hardness Scale

The Moh’s hardness scale refers to scratch hardness. The resistance of one mineral to be scratched by another.

Friedrich Mohs (1773-1839), a Viennese mineralogist, introduced the term scratch hardness. The scale ranges from the softest at 1 through to the hardest at 10. Gemstones with a hardness of 1 and 2 are considered to be soft, from 3 to 5 medium, with 6 and over considered to be hard.

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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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First Time Filigree Pendant

Filigree Pendant

One of my jewellery things to do is to do filigree work. So I decided to make a start by making a filigree pendant.

The pendant I decided to do was to make a round circle pendant filled with a filigree design and put a square red garnet set in a round sterling silver setting set on top of the filigree.

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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.

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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.

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