Silversmithing Techniques from Jewelry Making Daily: 3 Free Silver Jewelry-Making Projects plus Bonus Silver Findings Project

Improve your skills as a jewelry-making silversmith while you create an outstanding silver pendant, ring, and pin–and bonus clasps! With silver sheet, silver jewelry findings, and basic silver jewelry-making supplies, you'll be sure to hone your silversmithing skills as you re-create these outstanding pieces. You can also use any of the projects in this terrific free jewelry-making eBook as a springboard to develop a unique silver jewelry design of your own.

In the Kentucky Agate Pendant, you'll learn to create a hammered sterling silver frame that will set off any cabochon with distinction. You'll also create a decorative backing for the stone using jump rings, giving the piece an interesting visual surprise as well as clever structural support.

To make the Bamboo Silver Ring, you'll use only the basic techniques of forming, soldering, and filing-but it will challenge you to use these skills with precision as you bring out the design's unusual texture. The bamboo motif also gives this versatile design a vintage look that works equally well in contemporary stack rings.

For a keepsake piece, try the Pottery Shard Brooch. This offbeat project will teach you how to set an unusual freeform focal: a bit of old china treasured for its antique pattern or perhaps because it belonged to a beloved grandmother. Whatever connection you have to your found object, you'll learn how to work an irregular shape into a pleasing design as well as enhance the antique look with liver of sulfur, fabricate your own pin stem, and set a half-drilled button pearl.

Bonus update: Take your designs one step further to truly and completely handmade by making your own silver findings with two silver clasp projects by Martha Aleo.

Whether you're into making silver jewelry for yourself or friends, or to create custom silver jewelry to sell, you'll find Silversmithing Techniques from Jewelry Making Daily: 3 Free Silver Jewelry-Making Projects a valuable reference and source of inspiration.

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