We have been making round fused glass cabochons for some time now, but never tried to use them for much else other than stud earrings. With a little thought it seemed that they could be used to make a range of designs for more interesting earrings and pendants.
A few tests later I found that there were a couple of factors that influenced the final result.
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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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Jeff and I were invited to lunch at a friends place. While we were there the female friend asked me if I could re-solder a gold ring, I thought about it for a moment and then said yes. The only thing was I didn’t know that it would be a problem because it was white gold plate with yellow gold.
Continue reading A Lesson Learned By Resoldering A White And Yellow Gold Ring
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.
Continue reading Making A Sterling Silver Cabochon Ring – Part 2
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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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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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.
Continue reading Making Spiral Wire Drop Earrings – Copper Versus Sterling Silver Wire Part 2
The subject of which glue to use for aanraku ‘Glue-on’ bails for jewellery is a common one and one that is hard to find definitive answers. The result of my research was confusion, mainly because there were many conflicting reports.
The most common glue used seems to be E6000, but while the majority of users seem to like the glue, there were also many that did not have great experiences.
To check my options I made note of other glues used and did find references to several. However, here in Australia I found it almost impossible to get these. No use finding a great glue I couldn’t purchase.
A check of our local outlets and some discussion led me to Araldite Ultra Clear as a possible alternative and it was readily available. I did call the company and ask which of their glues would be most suitable for my need and they did confirm that the Ultra Clear was the best solution.
So here are the results of my tests comparing E6000 and Araldite Ultra Clear.
Continue reading Testing Glues for Aanraku Bails for Jewellery
While our Ozito Rotary Tool, which is basically a cheaper Dremel Tool, sort of did the job we purchased it for, we recently found a few limitations. The biggest of which is the limitation of the collet system. When I went to use a small diamond drill for drilling holes in fused glass cabochons I found there was simply no way the Ozito could handle the small diameter drill.
Looking through the accessories for an old Dremel that gave up the ghost I found a chuck, but it simply wouldn’t fit the Ozito. The shaft was slightly different. Extensive research proved that nobody supplied a chuck for the Ozito and we couldn’t find one online.
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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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Ann is our resident silversmith and these images are all about her adventures.