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Shadow box flower pendant

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This is a fairly easy project . A so called shadow box pendant . Shadow boxes consist of 2 shapes that are identical with one of the shapes having a pierced and cut design . On my project I am making a geometrical flower. I amusing 18 gauge sterling silver which is 1 mm thick and will give you a nice solid and heavier piece to wear. Most use 22 or 20 gauge though as a more cost effective way. I am now in that age where I appreciate the heavier jewelry . Cut 2 circles in the same size...

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Sterling silver seahorse pendant

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This project was fun and very cute .I used 18 gauge sterling silver again . Draw your seahorse on a piece of paper and stick it onto your metal sheet . Cut out with your jewelry saw and 1/0 saw blades. Cut also the base of your pendant - I chose a dogtag shape. After cutting out your shapes make sure everything fits well together . Sand down with sand paper to clean the metal before soldering. Flux the back of your seahorse and add solder . Heat with torch until the solder flows ( melts ). Quench in water...

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Sterling silver wing ring

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Another cool project I did a while ago . Its a ring with wings . draw your wings out onto a sheet of paper and glue that to a metal sheet - I used like usual a 18 gauge sterling silver sheet-I prefer 18 gauge as it is thicker then 20 gauge and will hold its shape without bending. I have found that anything thinner than 18 gauge will bend very easy . Cut out your wings with a jewelry saw and 1/0 saw blades cut a piece of wire for the ring shank ( or you can buy a...

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butterfly garden bracelet

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  this is just something to show you what one can do with old fashioned tools and 2 hands . I have no tutorial for that one as that bracelet took the whole day and was rather complicated and needed my whole attention . Hope you like it.   www.nicilaskin.etsy.com   nici

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Small clover leaf charm pendant

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Today a very easy project and some basic tools you need . Good tools are essential to metal smithing and for me the rule of thumb is . The cheapest ones are most of the time not a very economical option as they brake fast and you have to keep buying new ones . Some of my tools are very expensive , however over the time they paid for themselves and I have them since years . you can start with some basic tools for easy projects like this one . 1. jewelry saw 2. saw blades 3. V- clamp...

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