Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver and copper. It contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper, by weight. This blending of metals makes it harder and more durable, thus making it more suitable for making jewellery, than softer fine silver.

Unfortunately, the sterling silver alloy is prone to tarnishing due to the copper component. Because of this, other metals, such as germanium, are also alloyed with silver to produce an alloy called Argentium that resists tarnishing. Argentium is used in jewellery production, but sterling silver is still far more common.

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First Time Filigree Pendant

Filigree Pendant

One of my jewellery ‘things to do’ is to do filigree work. So I decided to make a start by making a filigree pendant.

The pendant I decided to do was to make a round circle pendant filled with a filigree design and put a square red garnet set in a round sterling silver setting set on top of the filigree.

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Using Liver of Sulpher

Liver Of Sulppher

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. Continue reading Using Liver of Sulpher

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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.

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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. Continue reading Finding Silver Jewellery Making Tutorials

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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.

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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 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

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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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