Monday, January 21, 2013

Turquoise Pendent (Part 1 of 3)

     This is how I go about designing and making a pendent around a doo-dad.


 Find a piece of old jewelry.  This was a single earring.


 These are the tools I use:  dikes, dremel bits (grinding stone, diamond grinding bit, rubber polishing point, and polishing brush...don't need the last bit); and a dremel.

Using your dikes, remove any appendages that would interfere with your tatted design. 

Use the grinding stone bit to remove most of the leftover appendages.  Next, use the diamond bit to bring the appendages down, level with the surface of the doo-dad.  Finally, use the rubber polishing point to smooth the surface down. 
NOTE:  When using a dremel, hold it in your left hand, if possible.  This way, causes the dust to fall towards the floor and not your face.  Also, wear safety glasses. 

NOTE:  A metal file and 800 grit can be used instead of dremel bits.

Carefully clean you finished doo-dad.  I like to run the soft polishing brush over the piece to give it a shine.  A soft, damp clothe will also work.  

Finally, check the stones.  Replace missing or loose stones.  Use 5-minute Epoxy for glued in stones.  Use the outside edge of your dikes to gently push prongs back in place.

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate your filling us in on how you add the tatting! You have come up with so many unique ideas - the sign of a true artist! It's very interesting how you can take jewelry with different backings and remove any unwanted elements. I'm afraid most of us don't have those tools, but it's interesting to see how a skilled person uses them! It seems that we're all looking at older jewelry pieces in a new way!