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nicilaskin — how to make jewelry

lentil bead pendant - medium difficulty

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  Today I made something that i never did before . I made a so called Focal Bead . A Focal bead is a bead that is either worn alone or in the middle of a necklace to draw the attention or focus of the one viewing .   Take 2 circles of equal size ( I use 18 gauge sterling silver ) . You can either buy the circles or you can cut them from your sheet metal by hand or use a disc cutter ( which I have and it is one of my regularly used tools )...

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three hearts

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three hearts 3 metal hearts :) I used copper ,brass , sterling silver cut 3 hearts in different sizes from different metals mine are copper, brass , sterling silver cut sterling silver wire to make your ring shank silver wire ,or metal wire is the best you can use for ring shanks , the width is always consistent and its a lot less work mark with your makers stamp and 925 for the sterling bend your ring shank until the ends meet flux and add solder - heat with a torch until the solder flows The solder will flow when...

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flower ring from scratch

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fun with metal - how to make a flower ring You can always look into your community college ( USA) and most of them have beginners and medium metal/silversmithing courses that are not too expensive I start out with 18 gauge sterling silver 18 gauge is 1 mm thick . I prefer that thickness as the flowers do not bend but are not too heavy either draw a circle ( use a template - its easier ) inside the circle I drew a flower using a jewelers saw and 1/0 blades for cutting out the flower cut out flower I...

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copper tea light holder

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made a copper tea light holder :) cut a 1 1/2 inch wide strip by 6 inch long from copper draw your shapes onto the metal small tip (if you like a shape make a template out of plastic via exacto knife ) cut out your lizards i use a jewelers saw with 1/0 blades shape the strip ,dome a circle and cut a 3x3 inch square solder everything together ( use plumbers solder as it has a low melting temp ) start polishing - steel wool will do or sand paper put a tea light in and light it...

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copper buttons

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copper buttons made some buttons for my mom I remember as a child my mom had a small wooden box with tons of buttons in it . I was very facinated by it and when she got that box out to make something I would sit on the floor and play for hours . She still has that box with the buttons , so I made her a couple of new ones out of copper I cut out 2 discs an 2 flowers from copper I used a disc cutter for the circles as sawing a circle by hand and...

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