Metalsmithing: Soldering Casting Grains to Wire

Studio Notes: Note to Self

Betsy – remember to keep a camera handy next to your bench. When you come up with a technique of your own that you know you will forget a month from now, take a picture of it. Take a couple pictures of it, step-by-step even. Like how you soldered a piece of casting shot between two 20-gauge wires.

Then, and this is important, print the photo out and put it in your design notebook. Because a photo is worth a thousand words.

Check out how I used the technique in this ant earrings project.

Climbing What Earrings Pattern by Betsy Lehndorff. Originally published in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, March 2016

Betsy Lehndorff has been writing for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010. To contact her, go to her website at

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