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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.

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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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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Rescue Fire Polish of Coasters

Fused Glass Fire Polish

In an earlier post this month I talked about a set of coasters we tried that were deliberately made thin to see how the glass behaved. The project was 2 layers, the base 3mm and the top 2mm made it under 6mm and hence subject to surface tension stress to conform to the 6mm rule.

After firing, the sides of the coasters did pull in as expected, but worse, the iridised glass unexpectedly resulted in rough edges.

In this firing we decided to try to rescue the coasters, as well as fire polish a few jewellery sets we made from a fused glass slab.

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