Unique Stone Setting: Picture in a Frame Agate Pendant by Erica Stice
Create a silver frame stone setting for an agate pendant
By Erica Stice
This easy-to-make piece features a slice of agate surrounded by an oxidized pattern wire frame stone setting that is hanging from a Korean-style finished necklace. Experiment with stone settings by creating a frame and making prongs to hold slices and other similar, flat stones.
Sawing, soldering, stone setting, filing, and finishing
- 1.25 x 2.5-inch agate slice
- 18 gauge sterling silver round wire (1.5″)
- 2 6×13.2mm sterling silver tube bails
- 3mm 18 gauge sterling silver flat wire (1.25″)
- 4mm 15 gauge sterling silver hammered pattern wire (11″)
- 18″ 1.9mm oxidized Korean-style finished necklace with lobster claw clasp
Fine tip permanent marker; ruler; miter; flux; hard, medium, and soft solder
Sheet shears, bench pin, jeweler’s saw with 2/ 0 saw blade, flex shaft or Dremel, triangle needle file, flat nose pliers, sandpaper assortment
Acetylene/air torch, soldering pick, copper tongs, crock pot with pickle, water, third hands, soldering board
3M radial bristle disks, crock pot with liver of sulfur, polishing pad, tumbler with steel shot
ERICA STICE is the studio coordinator at Halstead in Prescott, AZ. She’s addicted to the flame of the torch and is always looking for excuses to solder. Forging is her second-favorite technique.