Encircled Glass Soldered Necklace


size: 18"

Materials

  • Glass gems: aqua, five; purple, six
  • Silver-plated pewter: large rings, six; jump rings, 20
  • Silver circle chain, approx. 12” length
  • Silver toggle clasp
  • Copper foil

Basic Supplies

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Tools

  • Soldering iron with lead-free solder and flux
  • Tweezers and hemostats
  • Third hand tool
  • Bone folder
  • Flux brush
  • Jewelry pliers: flat-nose, round-nose

Directions

  • 1. Wrap gems in copper foil. Secure tape by burnishing foil using bone folder.
  • 2. Brush flux onto foil of wrapped gems. Apply solder to gems using soldering iron and tweezers.
  • 3. Attach jump ring through silver ring. Hold jump ring with hemostats, ensuring jump ring opening is point of attachment to purple gem.
  • 4. Apply flux to jump ring opening. Place aqua gem in third hand. Using soldering iron, melt solder to attach jump ring to gem.
  • 5. On other side of aqua gem, attach another silver ring as in Steps 3 and 4. Continue attaching rings until all aqua gems are used.
  • 6. On first circle of aqua gem chain, attach another jump ring. Hold jump ring with hemostats, ensuring jump ring opening is point of attachment to purple gem.
  • 7. Apply flux to jump ring opening. Place purple gem in third hand. Using soldering iron, melt solder to attach jump ring to gem.
  • 8. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 for all circles on aqua chain.
  • 9. Attach one 5" silver chain length to each side of aqua chain using jump rings.
  • 10. Attach clasp to each end of necklace with jump rings.

by Suzann Sladcik WIlson

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