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.
- 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!
- 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
- Rolling mill or texture hammer
- Graph paper
- 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
- Dremel or flex shaft
- Center punch
- Fire brick
- 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!