'Something's Fishy' Jewelry Pendant

Make an exotic fish metal jewelry piece that can be worn as a necklace or a pin.

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Jewelry designer Victoria Lansford, of Atlanta, demonstrates how to create a metal fish-shaped jewelry element that can be worn as a pin or pendant. Prior knowledge of metalsmithing and jewelry making techniques is required.

Materials Needed:

  • acetylene torch
  • paste flux
  • medium silver solder and easy silver solder
  • soldering brick with mesh screen
  • solder pick
  • German charcoal block
  • small paintbrush
  • tweezers and wood-insulated cross tweezers
  • pickle
  • metal shears
  • jeweler's saw
  • 2/0 saw blades
  • 1/2 round/flat needle file
  • 20-gauge drill bit
  • round pliers, flat pliers and chain-nose pliers
  • flexible shaft machine
  • silicon wheels for the flex shaft in course, fine and high shine
  • muslin wheels for the flex shaft
  • screw top mandrels
  • polishing compound
  • hot plate
  • steel burnisher
  • thin cotton gloves
  • rolling mill
  • bezel pusher
  • agate burnisher
  • liver of sulfur
  • ammonia
  • 24-gauge sterling silver sheet
  • 10-gauge sterling silver round wire
  • 18-gauge sterling silver round wire
  • 22K gold bezel wire
  • 1-2 DWT of 24K gold casting grain or kum-boo leaf
  • stainless steel fishing wire
  • 3mm-5mm round stone
  • tea strainer
  • paper and pencil
  • jewelry files

Steps:

1. Draw the sketch of the fish on paper.

2. Cut very small chips of sterling silver sheet (Image 1).

3. Scatter the silver chips on a charcoal block (Image 2).

4. Aim the torch at each chip until it melts and forms a ball. Let these cool on the charcoal block for a few minutes, rake them into a plastic tea strainer and place in the pickle for two minutes. Rinse and dry them on a paper towel. Set aside.

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