Silversmithed: jewelry and tatting shuttles............
Glass blowing: crochet hooks, dinosaurs, ice sickles, pens, earrings, and spoons..........
Tatting: jewelry, motifs, doilies, hankies, books, crosses, and much more.
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 metalfile 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.