Category Archives: jewelry

Recent Work — Wire

I’m learn­ing to work with jew­el­ry wire. Here are two recent (begin­ner) projects.

charm holder and charms, pounded wire leaf link bracelet

charm hold­er and charms, pound­ed wire leaf link bracelet

On the top a charm hold­er made of 14 gauge ster­ling sil­ver and five charms. You can learn to make the charm hold­er at the Bead Club in Wood­inville. It’s a very good use of three hours.

The sec­ond piece is a bracelet made of 20 gauge sil­ver filled wire. It’s a vari­a­tion on the Spi­ral Bracelet project in Chan­dler and Ritchey’s Get­ting Start­ed Mak­ing Wire Jew­el­ry and More. The orig­i­nal has a much tighter coil in the cen­ter and a coars­er tex­ture pound­ed into the wire. I pre­fer the loos­er feel of this one. I’m going to try some­thing sim­i­lar in heav­ier wire. This one is too del­i­cate as it stands (sits?)

Also I promise to get some oth­er col­ors of fab­ric for tak­ing pho­tographs. All this dusty rose is start­ing to make a lit­tle queasy.

WIP — Pierced Copper for JM1 Class.

I’m tak­ing Jew­el­ry and Met­al­smithing 1 at the Pratt Fine Arts Cen­ter.

Our first project is a ring. The top is made of a piece of pierced cop­per sol­dered to a half dome. Below are pic­tures of the two tops that I made last week. The pat­tern is gluesd on with rub­ber cement and then holes are drilled in the cop­per so that you can thread a jewelr’s saw through it and make the cuts.

The first ones didn’t quite work­out. The rays on the start just wouldn’t stay straight. More prac­tice is clear­ly the answer.

moon and stars pierced copper

moon and stars pierced cop­per

The sec­ond piece worked nice­ly.

tree design pattern

tree design pat­tern

The cir­cle on the front shows where the half dome will be sol­dered on.

From the top it will look like this.

the front

the front

More next week when I make the dome and learn how to sol­der things that aren’t car­ry­ing elec­tric­i­ty.

Experiments — Wire Wrapped Cabochons

I’ve been work­ing with wire the past cou­ple of weeks. One fas­ci­na­tion is how to use wire to cap­ture cabo­chons. I bought a bag of small glass cabs that remind me of can­dy. By using light weight craft wire I’ve been able to cre­ate some inter­est­ing cages.

Here are two:

wire wrappings

wire wrap­pings

The blue doesn’t seem to have enough wire wrapped around it’s front but it doesn’t shift. So maybe you don’t have to use quite so much wire as I did on the green one. Though the exces­sive­ly snaky look is kind of cool.

I built these using a square of wire on the back and join­ing a much longer piece of wire with coils. The tight­en­ing the loose front wires by putting bends in them. Think tight­en­ing fences.

back of the wire wrapping

back of the wire wrap­ping

It’s all a bit of a spaghet­ti dis­as­ter while I’m try­ing to get the two peices of wire attached to each oth­er. Maybe it will get eas­i­er with prac­tice.

There is also the ques­tion of how to make the top/bail tidy.

First though I have an idea for mak­ing the front wires into a star…

WIP — Pierced Copper Ring

Progress has been made on the ring.

A flat piece of cop­per was ham­mered and then cut into a cir­cle.
That cir­cle was dapped into a dome shape.
The the tree bit was sol­dered onto the domed bit, mak­ing a hol­low orna­ment
A chunk of 12 gauge half round ster­ling wire was made into a ring band.
The top was then sodlered to the ring band and… voila …

the front of the ring

the front of the ring

ring face soldered onto the ring band

ring face sol­dered onto the ring band

ring from the side

ring from the side

I hap­pen to be pret­ty dang proud of my first “real” sol­der­ing project.

Next up the fin­ish­ing. In the end the top of the ring will be black and the band will be satin fin­ished sil­ver.