Create a Birthstone Pendant and discover how to facet a stone using scrap silver in our most current job by Tori Foster
Tools and Materials required:
Beginners Tool Kit
Starter Soldering Kit
Third Hand Base
Oval Belcher Chain.
Bezel wire DSF 603 x 50mm.
Steel Bench Block.
For the cab pendant only:.
For the drilled hole with jump ring through you will likewise require:.
Square End Pusher.
A bail, a dive ring or 0.8 round wire is utilized in the examples.
For the Flush set job only:.
Leather Sand Bag.
Light 5mm Jump Rings (minimum of 2 for clasp).
White Cubic Zirconia 3mm.
Half Round Pliers.
Drill: 1mm bit with either a pendant drill or Dremel.
Sterling Silver Tube Ref 4 x 10mm.
Plain Round Triblet.
Emery Papers from 240 grit.
Scrap Sterling Silver (tidy scrap, no solder).
Round cab 8-10mm (perhaps a garnet for Januarys birthstone or Amethyst for Febs birthstone).
Digital Vernier Gauge.
3 in 1 oil.
Utilizing a hammer, steel block and sand bag, hammer the silver ball flat. If you wish to take it truly thin, remember to anneal the metal as required.
Once youve gotten going, check the setting with the stone, if you go unfathomable, youll have great deals of metal to push over and this will cover too much of the stone. Choose up the stone using the corner of your beeswax and drop into the tube. The top of television need to cover the girdle (the widest point of the stone) however not the top of the stone.
Solder something ornamental– for the amethyst, I hammered a piece of wire to echo the hammer marks on the sheet metal and soldered this to the back.
How to Tube Set a Faceted Stone.
Clean up any marks from setting then pass a chain through the jump ring and include a clasp and dive ring to the ends. [pic10]
Attach a bail. Depending on your choice you might:.
Congregate clean scrap silver and location on your soldering block. How much you use will depend upon the size of your stone and completion density of the pendant. Dont hesitate to experiment, you can constantly melt it again! Utilize your torch to melt the silver, it must all ball up together. Enable to marinade and cool.
How to develop a Birthstone Cabochon Pendant using Scrap Silver.
Solder to the base, again utilizing difficult solder. Apply flux and a few small pallions of solder to the inside of the bezel, right up to the bezel wall. If your solder moves you can utilize a soldering probe to push it back into place.
Swivel Pin Vice.
Drill a hole for a dive ring to pass through– mark the location of the hole with a centre punch and hammer. Drill through with a 1mm drill bit. Twist open a jump ring, travel through and close, ensuring a great join.
Solder on a dive ring– you can either solder the jump ring closed initially then solder to the pendant or do both at the exact same time, simply be careful when doing this that you make sure the jump ring has actually joined to the pendant as well as soldering closed. File a little flat section to the jump ring and pendant for higher surface location. If you desire the chain to pass directly through this jump ring, use your 3rd hand to hold the dive ring vertically and use solder to the join, keep in mind to heat up the pendant first as it will take longer to heat. Make sure you inspect from all angles that you are delighted with the placement. You could also solder the dive ring horizontally where you can lay both jump ring and pendant down. This might require an additional ring adding for the chain to pass through and enable the pendant to sit correctly when used.
Written by Tori Foster.
Set your stone– make certain the top of the bezel is level and the right height, too expensive and it will cover the stone and may cause a bumpy surface. Sand down if needed. When happy, pop the stone in. Utilizing the square pusher, press the bezel wall up and over without striking the stone. Do this in opposite instructions (if you envision a compass, it would be North, South, East, West) this must provide you a somewhat square bezel. Go back in and do the corners, once again working at revers. You can then start to work around the stone, ensuring it is all smooth and there is no motion of the stone. If there is, keep pressing.
Set your stone– the setting burr needs to match the size of the stone. You should begin to see little bits of metal being eliminated, wipe these away often, utilize an oral brush to get into the tube and keep that clean
Solder the bezel join, make certain your join is flush (it does not require to be round at this point if that assists you get a good sign up with) Place a difficult solder pallion under the sign up with, this assists stop the solder leaping when you apply heat. Heat all around prior to moving into the join until the solder streams. Pickle.
Cut a piece of tubing, the size noted is best for a 3mm stone, for other stone sizes you would need the inner size to be somewhat smaller sized than the stone and the outer to be slightly larger so you have sufficient metal to press over when setting. The cut tube needs to be larger than the height of the stone so utilize your callipers to determine this. Place the stone flat on the edge of the callipers and close the jaws.
Optional– Tube Cutter.
Clean up and polish as desired.
Stone Setting Burr 3.0 mm.
Utilizing the bezel strip and half round pliers, form a circle roughly the size of the stone with an overlap. Forming this around the stone with a tight fit and mark where the metal overlaps. Cut through.
Tidy up– ensure all joins are without excess solder utilizing files and emery paper. Polish as desired– I simply used a brass brush as I didnt want anything too shiny.
Create the base, steps 1-3 as above.
Shape the bezel around your mandrel and check the fit around the stone. If its actually loose you will have to cut it and resolder, if slightly too small you may be able to stretch it out by positioning it on the mandrel and rolling it on a tough surface area. Once pleased with the size and shape, sand so the base is flat ready for soldering to the base.
Make certain television ends are directly, file if not and then solder to the base as above, making certain to concentrate the heat on the base.
Take the burnisher and burnish the edges of the bezel to smooth off once you are pleased.
When you enjoy with the setting, use the square pusher to push the metal over the stone, operating in revers as above and making sure the stone sits level after each push. Work around with the burnisher to smooth off and sand away any marks made from setting. Add your chain and clasp.
Select the finish, Ive submitted the edge of the Garnet so its rather angular, the Topaz has a smoother finish and the Amethyst still has a few of the hammer marks, I sanded where the bezel would go so that I would have a flat surface to guarantee a great join.
Connect a bail.