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 cabocohn, gemstone or fused glass, this may be of help.
Searching the net I came across this video of a jewellery artist making a master piece out of silver. Continue reading Watch a Jewellery Artist At Work
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.
Well , Jeff and I talked about it and decided to give it a go. So I ordered some 10mm round sterling silver stamping shapes and sterling silver wire. The thought was if I soldered the round sterling silver disk shape onto a ring we could then glue a cabochon on to it. The glue used today is so good that we had no fear of it separating from the ring.
The only thing I didn’t realise was how hard it would be to solder the disk onto the ring.
Continue reading Making a Sterling Silver Cabochon Ring – Part 1
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. Continue reading Finding Silver Jewellery Making Tutorials
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.
Continue reading Making Spiral Wire Drop Earrings – Copper Versus Sterling Silver Wire Part 2
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 cabachon 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 . Continue reading Making Spiral Wire Drop Earrings – Copper Versus Sterling Silver Wire Part 1
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.
The next step was to measure the wires to length needed. Once I had all wires at the length I annealed them.
While doing the bangle I was quiet nervous, as you do have to be careful not to over wind the wires. You need to keep heat on to the wires so the wire will twist. It does require some of your ceative juices, as you have to decide when to stop twisting and how you want the bangle to look.
This bangle required me to twist two small round wires together using a vice and a hand drill. Once they were twisted I then had to use a larger half round wire and attach it to the two twisted smaller wires. This was done with binding wire. Once the wires were attached, one end had to be soldered to secure the wires together. When twisting the larger wire with the smaller wires the heat had to be applied as the larger wire needed softening up so it would twist. When I finished I put it on and I did find the bangle a little big but I still think it looks great.
As you can see it turned out pretty good.
The materials used in this project were:
1mm round wire
2mm 1/2 round wire
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. Continue reading Chain Maille
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. Continue reading Cleaning Jewellery
How did I find out about the new silversmithing classes? Well, the clip on magnifying glasses I purchased didn’t quiet work for me. So I decided to go to my optometrist and ask if they could prescribe a pair of glasses that would suit. While there I got talking to the assistant (who is also called Anne) and she told me that she goes regularly to silversmithing classes locally. Continue reading New Silversmithing Classes
For the past few months I’ve been having problems with a couple of things while working at silversmithing on my workbench. Yes, I persisted longer than I should have. It got to a point where I wasn’t looking forward to working in my studio due to these difficulties.
There had to be a fix.
Continue reading Changes to My Silversmithing Workbench
Recently, Jeff made some fused glass jewellery cabochons and asked me to make some jewellery with them. I really wasn’t sure what to do as I was used to making jewellery with stones that had holes in them. One thing I thought I could do was to wire wrap. I had never tried wire wrapping before but thought I would give it a go.
Continue reading My First Attempt At Wire Wrapping