Molecules Necklace Jewelry Making Project
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It’s always fun to break out the tools and explore how they can be used to change the surface of a piece of work, experimenting with contrast, texture, and pattern. What was once a basic flat surface can be transformed into one with an added element of design, dimension, and interest. While this particular molecule is an abstraction, it’s always fun (and educational) to research the shapes and arrangements of various types of actual molecules. They can be as simple/ minimalist or complex/involved as you wish. A simple Google image search of “molecule” brings up an endless resource of inspiration and nerdiness.
Tools and Supplies:
- 16-gauge sterling silver wire, spool
- 4mm sterling jump rings, 6
- Small sterling link chain, 16"
- Sterling clasp
- Mandrels or dowel rods 3/8", 5/16", 1/4", 3/16"
- Metal file, or flex shaft/Dremel with cutting wheel attachment
- Flush cutters or jeweler’s saw
- Ball-peen hammer
- Bench block or anvil
- Butane or jewelry torch
- Soldering block (charcoal brick)
- Hard & medium, or medium & soft solder
- Small paintbrush
- Copper or plastic tongs
- Pickle pot or mini crock
- Needle files
- Liver of sulfur
- Sand paper or flex shaft/Dremel with sanding tip attachment
- Safety glasses
- Dust mask
Originally Published: Step by Step Wire, April/May 2014
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