Favorite Project of the Week: Grape Cluster Pendant

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I’m not the world’s healthiest eater. And I don’t like most fruits. Except for grapes. I love grapes! I love to eat them or drink them. (Wine, anyone?) That’s why I was delighted to learn about grape agate. Yes, that’s an actual thing–a beautiful agate that looks exactly like a bunch of grapes.

Favorite Project of the Week: Grape Cluster Pendant

Photo: Jim Lawson

Lexi Erickson’s Grape Cluster Pendant, from the November 2016 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, shows you how to use this amazing stone to make your own delicious pendant.

  • It really looks good enough to eat.
  • It’s a great project with which to practice your soldering skills–from the Queen of Soldering, Lexi Erickson.
  • It combines agate, sterling silver, copper, and wire in one spectacular piece.
  • You can’t help but be inspired to come up with your own fruit-inspired or food-inspired (or wine-inspired) designs.

Cheers to the grape!

Project Details

Required Materials:

  • Grape agate cabochon, preferably in a triangular shape
  • 3×4 inches of 20 gauge sterling sheet, or as much as you need for your stone
  • Gold or copper 16-gauge wire
  • 1.5-2mm flat wire
  • Easy and hard solder, run through the rolling mill on a tight setting

Required Tools:

  • Rolling mill or texture hammer
  • Graph paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Fine tip Sharpie
  • Jeweler’s saw
  • 4/0 saw blades
  • Bur Life or beeswax
  • 1/16 inch or smaller dowel (a small dapping punch will also work)
  • Acrylic nail file (fine)
  • Wubbers small cone mandrel pliers
  • Bail-making pliers, #55 drill bit
  • Metal bench block
  • Wooden scrap bench block
  • #2 and #4 half round hand files
  • Needle files
  • Wooden dapping block and punches
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Texturing hammers
  • Burnisher
  • Dremel or flex shaft
  • Center punch
  • Fire brick
  • Flux
  • Torch
  • Striker
  • Pickle
  • Copper tongs
  • Quench water
  • Fine tipped soldering pick
  • Solder bun (aka solder nest)
  • 3M 15 or 9 micron finishing film
  • Pink silicone high polish wheel mounted on a mandrel
  • Soft brass brush
  • Dawn detergent
  • Safety glasses
  • Green or black patina
  • Latex gloves

Required skills: Soldering and sawing


Download this project from our store, today!


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