Jewelry with an Organic Style

Jewelry with an Organic Style

Enamel On Copper Pendant Necklace

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I have been working on a necklace for a while now and wanted to post a tutorial on how I made the necklace, hopefully it is some what coherent, so here we go.......

With some 20 gauge copper, I cut out some circles with my disc cutter, domed them with my punches, then sanded the edges of the disc.

Afterward I put the punch in a vise and  textured the bottom side of the disc with a hammer.

I put an enamel adhesive on the inside of the discs and then sifted white enamel over them. I cleaned the edges because I didn't want any enamel on the edge of the disc, however if you miss a spot you can sand it off after enameling.
I do not have a kiln so I use a torch to heat the enamel, always heat from underneath. When you are torching, first the enamel will turn to what looks like sand paper, then it looks like the texture of a orange, not the color, then it becomes completely uniform and smooth.

I repeated the same procedure with the light olive enamel. I wanted to use two colors and have some what of a speckled look, remember always torch from underneath.

Next I made 3 jump rings with 12 gauge sterling silver and used hard solder to solder them together. I wanted to set the disc with prongs but I also wanted the backing to be open, so that is why I went with the jump ring for the backing of the pendant.

I boiled the jump rings in hot water with baking soda to get rid of the flux that lingers behind after soldering, them gave them a clean with a little sand paper and they are good to go for the next soldering step.

Here are the disc enameled and I flattened out the jump rings with a hammer.

I used medium solder to attach all 3 jump rings together. I also used my dremel to sand out a notch in the end of the connecting wire so it would fit up tight against the center jump ring for soldering.

 Next I started easy soldering the prongs on, I did it one section at a time. If you keep the flame of your torch moving in a circle over the section that you are soldering you don't have to worry about the other prongs collapsing. So first I soldered the prongs on the center jump ring then the ones on the side. I naturally boiled the pendent in hot water and baking soda to remove excess flux and then cleaned the  piece in between each soldering. I also used again my dremel to cut notches on the sides of the jump rings for the prong wires to fit into, and also drilled

holes into my soldering block to hold the prong wires in place while soldering. I used 18 gauge sterling silver wire for the prongs and cut them about 2 cm long.

I added this picture too because my solder block has a monster face towards the bottom of the photo, just love the picture, maybe it is also time for a new solder block.

Here is the pendant with all the prongs soldered on and cleaned. I cut the extra wire off the prongs and hammered the tips a little so they would flare out a bit. I didn't close the prongs yet because there is still some more work to do.

I drilled a hole on the side jump rings so I could insert a smaller jump ring. This is where the necklace will be attached to the disc pendant.

For the necklace, I made some S links and some jump rings with 18 gauge sterling silver. The S links I hammered flat and easy solder the jump rings.

I incorporated a tag with my initials to the chain necklace, I always like to sign my work.

Here is the necklace assembled, after, I put only the necklace part into the tumbler to harden the links and jump rings.

As always I love to put almost everything into liver of sulfur, it gives it such a nice earthy patina.

Well, here it is, assembled, cleaned and shined. For a final touch I wire wrapped some copper wire around the posts connecting the three round backings, I thought it went well with the copper discs. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, ciao ciao.


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