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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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.Using a micro torch is great when soldering small jump rings and any other little soldering jobs. So I decided to purchase a micro torch but of course I was worried about money so I looked for the cheapest one I could buy. I found a micro torch with a gas torch lighter as a package for $30. This seemed such a great deal.
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While checking out what was happening to my family and friends on facebook I notice a shared link from one of my jewellery suppliers. This link was to a female goldsmith with a difference. As I was feeling a bit flat and in need of some inspiration I clicked on the link and was totally amazed.
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This video is quite a good one on using the Viking Weave to create a cabochon bezel. It is a little dark, but the information is good and the tutorial can be followed easily.
If you are looking to use a cabochon, gemstone or fused glass, this may be of help.
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Searching the net I came across this video of a jewellery artist making a master piece out of silver.I was searching the net looking for some inspiration and ideas, when I came across this video.
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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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Looking for jewellery making and silversmith work video tutorials has been an interesting task. The videos I have found vary from free, which you usually have to watch on the site, to paying for them so you can download them for future reference. Both have proved to be valuable, so I would like to share them with you.
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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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I was looking on the internet for some projects to do, I came across this pattern for a bracelet using chain maille. It used a combination of pearls and jump rings.
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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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