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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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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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Sterling silver dragonfly cuff bracelet

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I love dragonflies , who doesn't ? This is a more advanced project and you will need a bit more experience to make this one. Again I used 18 gauge ( 1mm thick ) sterling silver for that one . I cut a 1 inch wide and 6 inch long strip from sterling silver . The wings were drawn onto label paper for a printer and then stuck to 18 gauge sterling sheet . I used a 6 inch jewelry saw frame with 1/0 saw blades . The 6 inch saw frame is the one I use almost always to...

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flower shadow box pendant

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        This is something easier then the bracelet I posted earlier . A so called shadow box pendant. Shadow boxes consist of 2 components that are soldered together . One base and one with a cut out     I used 18 gauge sterling silver again but 20 gauge will work well too . You need 2 circles in the same size . I have a disc cutter for that but you can also cut by hand. Draw a shape on one of the circles ( I drew a flower) drill a hole to feed your saw...

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Sterling silver wolf bracelet

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Hi there and welcome to my new blog . I will jump right into it with my first project . A sterling silver running wolf bracelet. I used 18 gauge sterling silver for this  but you can make it also in copper ,bronze or brass. I cut a 1 inch wide by 6 inch long strip from the sterling sheet. 3 wolfs were transfered onto the silver and cut out via jewelers saw and 1/0 saw blades . I soldered the wolfs onto the strip and then pickled it. Round the edges. Start adding texture with chasing tools or if...

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