Silver and Gold Satellite Pin
Sydney Lynch designs a one-of-a-kind silver and gold satellite jewelry pin.
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Sydney Lynch discovered jewelry making and launched a career doing exactly what she wanted — making a living creating one-of-a-kind art.
Materials and Tools:
sterling silver flat wire
22K gold metal
22K gold/sterling bimetal--a laminated sheet of metal
various jewel stones--garnet and pearl
paper and pencil
acetylene torch and lighter
"pickle" mixture in a crock-pot
pre-textured stainless steel template
soap and water
wire brush for cleaning
metal jeweler’s glue
1. Draw desired design on paper. This design consisted of two concentric circles with bezel jewels extending from the outer circle. Cut lengths of 3mm x 1mm flat sterling wire and shape them into off-circles according to the pattern.
2. Sand the ends of the sterling wire to ensure a tight fit. Cut small pieces of solder. Apply flux to the ends of the flat wire. Light the torch and solder the seams closed. Place the circles in the pickle solution to clean and cool.
3. Position the two circles concentrically. Cut small bits of the same flat wires to fit as spacers between the circles. Apply flux to the ends of the spacers. Solder them in place using the torch. Place them in the pickle solution. Remove.
4. Cut a rectangular piece of 22K gold/sterling bimetal sheet. Texture the metal piece by placing it between a folded sheet of paper and passing it through a rolling mill with a patterned steel template.
5. Place the soldered pin shape on top of the textured metal and draw the shape of two sections of the pin between the two circles and the spacers onto the sheet. Cut out the rough shapes of the textured sheet using metal shears. Solder them to the back of the pin. Trim excess metal with a jeweler’s saw. File seams.
6. To make silver bezels for stones, wrap the fine silver flat wire around the stones, cutting to fit and soldering the seams. Solder the bezels to the sheet metal and trim using a jeweler’s saw. File the seams and sand.
7. Other elements to attach to the circular shape were made using 22K metal in circular shapes, combining of 22K and silver metals in half circle shapes and 22K and silver metals in square shapes. Each was crafted in a similar fashion as described above.
8. Solder the bezels and elements to the outside edge of the pin.
9. Solder pin findings on the back of the pin.
10. To finish the pin, file, sand and scrub pin clean using a wire brush.
Natasha Wozniak of Jersey City, N.J., has gone from polishing rings at a jewelry store to designing her own jewelry.