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cuff links

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skull cuff links - a small how to :) www.nicilaskin.etsy.com Cut out 2 discs you want to make them at least 1 inch or the cuff links will be to small . I use a disc cutter but you can also cut them by hand with a jewelers saw draw your skulls on a piece of paper and stick to your metal sheet I used 20 gauge sterling silver for both the discs and the skulls ,I want to dome the cuff links later and when you go thicker they will dome funny cut out your skulls and punch holes...

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my project for the day

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project for the day flower ring with ruby - time to completion 1 hour 30 minutes made entirely by hand :) drew some flowers cut out with saw formed the flowers cut out a piece from flat wire and bend it to make the ring shank joining the ends together adding solder to the flowers so they can be joined this is after soldering and welding everything together cleaned it up and added a bit of patina added the stone I love metal :) www.nicilaskin.etsy.com

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follow your dreams

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sterling silver guitar ring following my dreams was scary and still is . 4 years ago I had to quit my job as a well paid nurse ( injured my back on the job - did not get workers comb ) The only thing I had was my hobby - metal smithing. 4 years later I am my own boss now and make what I love , even though the ups and down of selling your own creations or following your dream is scary as shit and sometimes you don't know how to pay rent its still somehow worth it...

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heart bracelet

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anticlastic bronze cuff with copper hearts cut a 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch wide strip from 20 gauge bronze cut lots and lots of hearts from copper I have a heart cutter from swanstrom , flux the back of your hearts and add solder I use hard wire solder for that heat the hearts until the solder melts and then flux the bronze strip and solder the hearts to it quench in water form your bracelet Now I realize that not everybody has a metal press with the anticlastic / synclastic former ,so you can make the bracelet normal...

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silver tie bar with brass arrow

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draw your arrow on the metal sheet or draw it on a piece of paper and stick the paper to the metal sheet . I just like to draw the easy shapes on to my metal directly cut out with your jewelry saw and 1/0 saw blades clean the arrow with steel wool for easier soldering cut a 4 inch long piece from sterling silver I used 18 gauge ( thicker then that and it gets hard to bend into shape ) flux your arrow and add your solder I use extra easy wire solder ( silver ) fire up...

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