Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Fine Silver + Topaz Pendat (Wirework + Metalsmithing + Art Clay) | Go to post ➜
Been a very very long while as life is super busy, but I just had time to make a quick pendant. First one in fine silver, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out though it broke halfway and ended up a bit different from what I'd planned. Posting some process shots since I don't think I'll have time to take proper pics anytime soon..
Bits and pieces - The frame for the stone was made from Art Clay Silver (which fires to 999 fine silver). Wire pieces, soldered and put through a rolling mill.
Soldering on the bezel & bottom pieces - the top bit broke off so I made do without
Added a bail and sulphurised it
Polished the piece and set the stone (Topaz) - I'm not totally happy with the length so I might saw off a bit.
All in all it was a pretty good practice piece, I wanted to try bezel setting a faceted fancy stone as well as try soldering fired Art Clay - which was harder than expected, sintered silver doesn't take solder well at all and needs a bit of filing to get a solid surface to solder to. I'm not happy with the workmanship on some parts, I think I got a little sloppy and could have planned it all out a bit better. Hopefully I'll have time to try again soon :) Cheers until then!
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