A lady rang me one day asking if I would be able to make a bracelet out of some per-decimal silver coins that she had. She told me that it was for her daughters sixtieth birthday and that the dates on the coins related to her birthday. I told her that I would love to make it for her so she arranged to come around and give me the coins.
While having a conversation with her she thought that it would be a good idea to also have another bracelet made for her daughter-in-law. She had enough coins for more than one bracelet so she decided to also get me to make one for her as well. I showed her a couple of styles I could do the bracelets in. One was like a charm bracelet and the other style was a linked bracelet that joined the coins with jump rings on both sides. She decided to go with the charm bracelet style.
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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.The chemical method I use to patina my silver jewellery is Liver of Sulfur.
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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.
The first thing to do was to make a sterling silver ring with round sterling silver wire. Once That was ready I cut some short pieces of sterling silver wire. Then I balled each end by holding it in the torch flame.
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I was talking to my granddaughter and asked her what she would like for her birthday. She said she has always wanted a signet ring. So I decided to make her and her sister one each.
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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.
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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.
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Jeff and I are always looking for ways to combine both the sterling silver and the glass cabochons.
Then one day we had invited friends over to show them the things we had made with the silver and the glass cabochons. Our friend Karen suggested making large cabochon rings. We laughed, as Jeff had suggested it a little while ago but I wasn’t sure, thinking that the cabochons would be too big or so I thought. She said, she would wear them and she knows others that would too.
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Gluing the glass cabochons on to the spiral earrings. Hummmm!!! There were lessons to be learnt.
We did find this a difficult task.
The glue we used was E6000 and we found that it took days for the glue to dry.
Another lesson was not to place them on paper with the wire spiral facing down.
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The plan was to make spiral drop earrings with both copper and sterling silver wire.
When designing the earrings I had a couple of things to consider. One was to be able to glue a glass cabochon on to wire. The other thing was to make the design in a way so that the light could shine through the cabochon to show up the colours in the glass. So my thought was to make a spiral with the wire so that the cabochon could be glued onto it and also allow light to shine through the glass cabochon.
Well I really don’t know if that was a good Idea as I had some issues .
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The last silver class I attended our project was a twisted sterling silver wire bangle. This project was interesting and fun.
First I had to measure across my hand so the bangle would go over my hand and on to my wrist. Unfortunately I have arthritis and it made my measurement quiet big.
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The silver classes have been great for finding out new techniques such as this cleaning solutions for jewellery. It is simple and cheap to make up.
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