Favorite Project of the Week: Textured Silver on Copper Fish Pendant

I do love fish. And not only for dinner (although I do enjoy a good salmon dinner). I’ve always loved the beauty of goldfish in particular. At every school or country fair, I’d try to win the little goldfish. And I was pretty good at it! I won a lot of goldfish — and gave them names like Flushy, Floater, and Flounder. That should give you some idea how long my fair-won goldfish lasted.

But whether they’re in little fishbowls, large aquariums, or the ocean, fish are some of the most beautiful creatures on earth. And they can serve as the inspiration for some spectacular jewelry designs.

Favorite Project of the Week: Textured Silver on Copper Fish PendantErica Stice’s Textured Silver on Copper Fish Pendant from the April 2017 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is an excellent example of a marine design done the right way. And it’s a great way to experiment with texturing techniques as well as combining metals in a single piece. This pendant is one of my all-time favorites!

  • It’s a great project if you like fish — but it works for any design you might want.
  • The combination of copper and silver always makes for a stunning design.
  • This piece has a fabulous texture. And you can apply those texturing techniques to a wide range of other jewelry designs.
  • If you want to practice soldering techniques (in addition to texturing), this is a great way to do it.

Just keep swimming!

Project Details
Required Materials:

  • 18ga copper sheet
  • 20ga sterling silver sheet
  • 4x40mm sterling silver tube
  • 18ga sterling silver wire
  • 2mm sterling silver rollo chain
  • Sterling silver jump rings: two 3mm, three 4mm
  • 5×10.7mm sterling silver lobster claw with ring

Required Tools:

  • Fine tip permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Rubber cement
  • 2mm square scrap wire
  • Flux
  • Medium solder
  • Wite Out
  • Sheet and wire cutters
  • Needle nose files
  • Bench block
  • Bench pin
  • Jeweler’s saw with 2/0 saw blade
  • Flex Shaft or Dremel
  • 4mm flat diamond bit
  • Center punch
  • Drill press with 1mm bit
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • 2 chain nose pliers
  • Sandpaper assortment
  • Anvil
  • Hammers:
    • 1lb forging (planishing/cross pein heads)
    • Rawhide
    • Ball pein
  • Acetylene/air torch
  • Soldering pick
  • Copper tongs
  • Crockpot with pickle
  • Water
  • Third hands
  • Fire brick
  • Bench polisher
  • Tumbler
  • Steel shot
  • Furniture wax
  • Rolling mill

Required skills: Designing, texturing, sawing, soldering, filing, drilling, and finishing


Get this fish-pendant project and the April issue today in our shop.