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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.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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Making a Sterling Silver Cabochon Ring – Part 1

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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Finding Silver Jewellery Making Tutorials

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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Making Spiral Wire Drop Earrings – Copper Versus Sterling Silver Wire Part 2

Aanraku Bails on Cabochons

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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Making Spiral Wire Drop Earrings – Copper Versus Sterling Silver Wire Part 1

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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Twisted Stering Sliver Bangle

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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New Silversmithing Classes

Dippled Sterling Silver Ring

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.

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