Favorite Project of the Week: Blue Cloud Drusy Pendant

What’s one of the best ways to gain inspiration for your jewelry designs? Simple. Just go outside and gaze up to the sky. Everyone has spent at least some time looking up at the clouds and finding pictures in them. Clouds can be . . . well . . . heavenly. And there’s nothing better for a little divine inspiration.

Lexi Erickson’s Blue Cloud Drusy Pendant from the July 2017 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is one of my very favorite pieces. The drusy stone is the perfect texture and color to denote the clouds — and Lexi cut and shaped it exquisitely. I particularly love the small disk of scrap metal peeking out from behind the drusy and denoting the sun. What an awesome way to use leftover materials! I think this would also make an awesome brooch — and I do love a good brooch.

Lexi Erickson Blue Cloud Drusy Pendant Drusy cabochon, sterling silver, reticulated scrap silver

Lexi Erickson
Blue Cloud Drusy Pendant
Drusy cabochon, sterling silver, reticulated scrap silver
PHOTO: JIM LAWSON

  • The blue drusy is the perfect color for this piece, but you can make it unique by choosing your favorite color.
  • If clouds aren’t your thing, you can use this design and shape as inspiration for another object. I think it would make a great — if a little spooky — eye pendant.
  • I’m also looking for ways to use my little scraps of leftover metal. This piece incorporates a scrap disk beautifully.
  • Since Lexi is the Queen of Soldering, this project is a great way to learn and experiment with techniques for soldering stone.

Soar away! But don’t get too cloudy.

Project Details
Required Materials:

  • Drusy cloud shaped cabochon
  • 20-gauge sterling back plate, large enough for the stone
  • 2x4mm flat wire
  • 16-gauge wire
  • Hard and easy solder
  • Small piece of reticulated scrap silver
  • 1 curved sterling tube
  • Required Tools:

HAND:

  • Rolling mill
  • Flex shaft or Dremel texture paper
  • Jeweler’s saw
  • Center punch
  • Mallet
  • #55 drill bit
  • Bench block
  • Wire snips
  • 2/0 sawblades
  • #2, #4, and #6 hand files
  • Small oval needle file
  • Fretz #1 hammer
  • Ring clamp
  • Lasco cylinder diamond bur #CL44; 400 grit
  • Quality and hallmarking stamps
  • Curved metal burnisher
  • Prong pusher

LAYOUT:

  • Sketch paper
  • Ultra-thin Sharpie
  • Glue stick or rubber cement
  • Large circle-to-oval template
  • Small circle template
  • Scissors

SOLDERING:

  • Soldering surface
  • Torch w/large head
  • Flux and brush
  • Pickle and pot
  • Copper tongs
  • AA tweezers
  • Quench water
  • Solder pick

FINISHING:

  • 100 micron 3M finishing film
  • 9 micron 3M finishing film
  • 4 3M peach radial bristle discs on a mandrel ultra-fine buffing nail file
  • Dawn detergent
  • Ammonia
  • Very soft brass brush
  • Rouge and chamois buff (optional)
  • Gold ink (optional)

Required skills: Sawing, soldering, filing, measuring


Won’t you try your hand !

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