Floating Opal and Sterling Pendant Project Download

Make use of colorful opal chips by suspending them in fluid and learn how to upcycle old mini string lights at the same time!
SKU: EP15560

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Make use of colorful opal chips by suspending them in fluid — and upcycle old mini lights at the same time!

Skills: Basic lapidary, intermediate fabrication

Materials:

  • Old mini light strand
  • Tiny opal chips
  • Heavy sterling tubing, sized to fit over the glass tubes with minimal slack
  • 24g sterling sheet
  • 19g sterling wire
  • Medium silver solder
  • Glycerin
  • Thick rubbery adhesive
  • (E-6000), clear epoxy

Tools:

  • LAPIDARY EQUIPMENT:
    • Small trim saw and 220 lapidary wheel (or similar); I use a Diamond Pacific Wizard and Diamond Pacific Genie.
    • Studio tools as you would need for fabricating, soldering and finishing silver.
  • FABRICATION:
    • Jewelers saw
    • 04 blades
    • Beeswax
    • Bench pin
    • Calipers or dividers
    • Metal files
    • Wire cutters
    • Round nose pliers
  • SOLDERING:
    • Solder brick
    • Tweezers
    • Solder pick
    • Medium silver
    • Solder
    • Torch
    • Quench bowl
    • Pickle
  • FINISHING:
    • Sandpapers or abrasive wheels for cleaning
    • Polishing wheels and compounds for final finishing

Originally Published: Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, January/February 2017

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU EP15560
Product Type Project Download
File Type PDF
Author/Designer Julie Sanford
Technique Metalsmithing
Project Pendants
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