Make a Sterling Silver Riveted Necklace

Channel your inner metal worker to create this conversation-starting jewelry piece.

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26. Mark two more spots on the bottom bar on either side of the outer wrapped bars. Center punch and drill.

27. On the top bar, mark two corresponding marks. Center punch and drill.

28. Cut two 1/2-inch pieces of 18-gauge wire to create two more links. Repeat the steps above for chain links. Attach the top and bottom bars together with these two short links.

29. On the top bar, mark, center punch and drill two more spots on the ends of the bar.

30. Thread a jump ring through each hole. Add the end of the chain into the jump ring on each side. Solder each ring. Pickle, rinse and dry.

31. Cut a 4-inch piece of 16-gauge wire. Using a third arm, ball each end of the wire using the torch. Let cool. Pickle, rinse and dry.

32. Using round-nose pliers, grab the wire just past the ball on one end and turn a half loop. Continue holding the wire with the pliers while coiling the other end of the wire using your hand.

33. Hammer with a ball peen hammer on a steel bench block. This will serve as the clasp.

34. Using almost boiling water, dissolve a small piece of liver of sulphur in a heat-proof dish.

35. Immerse the entire piece in the sulphur solution until the piece has darkened completely. Remove, rinse and dry. Dry the silver necklace for a few hours or overnight.

36. Scrub the black off the high surfaces with fine steel wool. Black should remain in the recesses. Use a rotary buffing wheel with the flex shaft to remove black from the fronts and backs of the hammered bars with the riveted discs.

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