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nicilaskin — metal work

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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Flaming guitar pick

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Rock and Roll Baby ............. sterling guitar pick pendant with brass flames the reason - just because I wanted to and I can I cut out some equal sized guitar picks one in 20 gauge sterling and one in 20 gauge brass ( copper or bronze will work too ) I filed the edges round with a number 2 file ( pretty fine ) draw your flames onto the brass pick and start cutting with a jewelry saw and 1/0 saw blades flux your brass flames and add solder - heat with torch until solder melts solder both sterling and...

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sterling silver cat pendant

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little cat pendant made from 18 gauge sterling silver Draw out the shape of a cat onto paper this cat was pretty easy to draw as I had drawn a similar shape before and for some reason I can draw faster the second time, I added a little heart :) stick your paper to your metal start cutting with your jewelry hand saw and 1/0 saw blades drill or punch out some holes for the eyes I use a swanstrom hole punch pliers ,one of my most used tools peel of the paper and start polishing If you do not...

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etch a sketch or how to etch copper

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Take a piece of copper - I used a 1 x1 inch square . Seal the back with nail polish or lacquer and wait until dry. After the polish is dry , clean your copper thoroughly with alcohol and q-tips . Do not touch again . I use gloves after the cleaning part. Take a Sharpie and draw whatever you like- have some fun !!! Wait until dry and trace again with the sharpie . take a glass container or an old plastic cup and pour a bit of your etching mordant . Be careful not to splash . Wear...

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copper buttons for my Mama

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  Today I made some buttons for my mom . It never occurred to me to make her some even though she always needs some for one project or another . She loves to sew , knit and crochet . But today I remembered the button box she had when I was a little girl . Ach gosh I loved that box . It was built like a treasure box filled with many many different kind of buttons in all shapes and colors . There were bright red ones that were large and had a nice feel to it and...

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