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nicilaskin — jewelry making

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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turtle pendant

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  Today I went with a combination of medallion and shadow box ( the shadow box being the flower inside the turtle . I used 20 gauge sterling silver for that . The reason for not using 18 gauge was that I ran out ,lol :)    But that worked out in the end as I added an extra circle . I cut out a large circle 1 1/4 inch in diameter with the help of my disc cutter. If you don’t have one you can always cut out a circle by hand . I invested in a disc cutter after...

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kite earrings

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  Just some basic metalsmithing :)   www.nicilaskin.etsy.com

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