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Nature Influenced Pendant

This pendant was for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. Her birthstone colour is blue so I decided to use a blue topaz and 2 white topaz gemstones with sterling silver wire for the pendant. Again for my inspiration I turned to nature. Continue reading Nature Influenced Pendant

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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.

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.

Once I had the ring made I quenched it and used a brassl brush to clean it up. Then I dried it with a clean rag and polished it with the flex shaft and polishing discs.

The next step was to attached the cabochon onto the ring. I used Araldite Ultra Clear glue to attached the cabochon.

After allowing the glue to set I had my ring.

Sterling Silver Ring With Large  Glass Cabochon
Sterling Silver Ring With Large Glass Cabochon

Once I had made the large ring. I decided to also make a small ring with a small glass cab on it as well. Again I made the small rings the same way and as you can see from the picture it all went well. The glass cabochons were all made by Jeff.

Small glass cabochon ring
Small glass cabochon ring

I also made a stamped ring, with this ring I made the ring with 1mm sterling silver wire, stamped the small sterling disc before soldering in onto the ring.

Glass Cabochon Sterling Silver Rings
Stamped Sterling Silver Ring

   

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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.

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