'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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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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