January 10, 2011
I had an idea this morning! I thought I would do a Twitter jewellery tutorial. As you know Twitter allows just 140 characters per tweet, so my tutorial is in 10 easy Tweets and I used Twitpic to show the images. Here are the 10 steps...
1/10: Goggles on, mark 70mm onto silver wire, cut with the saw - gently does it and no pressure.
2/10: Prop silver against block, light gas torch, anneal (heat to dull red)
3/10: Quench in water, put in 'pickle'(weak acid) to remove oxide. Rinse in water and dry.
4/10: Use pliers to bend silver into a circle, ends must over lap.
5/10: Check it is the correct size, cut through both end with saw.
6/10: Use pliers to make ends meet smoothly and tightly.
7/10: Put ring on heat block, paint with flux, cut solder, place on join. Heat with torch.
8/10: File away excess solder, buff with sandpaper until join disappears.
9/10: Hammer on mandrel to make ring round and flat, and finally polish. Finished!
10/10: The finished ring!
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Sue Lane is a contemporary jewellery maker based near Hereford in Herefordshire. Her work is bespoke, modern, unique and handmade. Sue also specialises in jewellery commissions and jewellery remodelling to enable clients to take part in the design process to ensure they have a unique piece of jewellery. You can read more on her About Sue Lane page. You can also check her out on social media: