This collection of handmade artisan pendants tutorials, will guide you through the fabrication process of each piece of jewelry, with step-by-step photos and lots of tips for making those steps easier or faster.
Sgraffito torch fired enamel:
“Sgraffito” Italian for “scratch through”, is exactly that, scratching a design trough a dry sifted coat of enamel, to reveal the previously fired color under it. This enameling method lets you “draw” any pattern with a pointed tool on the surface of your piece.
When the piece is fired a second time melting the dry sifted enamel, the pattern is revealed.
Tab setting is one of the easiest ways to secure a focal piece to a backing, there is no solder or heat involved, so its considered a “cold connection “ .
Tabs are prongs cut from the baking piece and then bent over to hold the enamel cabochon in place.
Included in the step-by step instruction you will find how to silver-plate your back plate for a different finish.
Master torch firing and tab setting wile fabricating a beautiful one-of-a-kind pendant with a tab-set Sgrafitto Torch Fired Cabochon and Dangle.
This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file. It has 12 pages, 40 photos and life size template of all the components.
For intermediate skill students (torch use experience recommended)
Foldforming is a technique that lets you turn a flat sheet of metal into a three dimensional object.
This way of manipulating sheet metal can also add a lot of texture to it.
In this tutorial we will fold a piece of metal sheet many times to give it a eye catching texture.
We will add to this texture with stamped designs intermixed with the folds.
Once finished with the textured metal sheet we will cut out and shape a pair of round cabochons and a tear-shaped one.
The cabochons will then be framed in sterling silver using a combination bezel-tab setting for a spectacular set of earrings and pendant.
The step-by-step instructions includes how to apply and preserve colored patinas for a different look on the copper cabochons.
This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file. It has 16 pages, 54 photos and life size template of all the components. For intermediate skill students.
In this tutorial we will be constructing a split bezel & tab setting for a straight sided, angular shape.
The flat shape will be made out of a multicolored piece of polymer clay.
As an alternative you can substitute the polymer piece for a torch fired enamel piece.
The project can also be turned into a solder-less piece using "cold connections “.
The instructions for a customized stainless steel cable necklace with matching clasp are also included in the step-by-step instructions.
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 11 pages, 29 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For beginner skill students.
This project will guide you in the making of a simple yet striking reversible sterling silver and polymer clay one-of-a-kind pendant.
This is a perfect beginners project.
Is a good introduction to working with polymer clay. It covers basic instructions on: how to condition polymer clay, what tools to use, making a multicolored slab, cutting the clay and baking it in the oven.
Also it goes over basic metal fabrication skills as cutting with a jeweler's saw, filing and sanding.
Decorative stamping and patina application are also covered.
The step-by-step instruction will walk you through the making of a simple polymer clay flat multicolored cabochon piece.
Then go on to show you how to make a sterling silver frame, and tab-setting your cabochon.
The final instructions will cover how to make a stainless steel cable necklace for your finished pendant.
This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file. It has 8 pages, 21 photos and life size template of all the components. For beginner skill students.
Master a new, very exiting and fast way to enamel copper.
The fired enamel colors are beautifully vibrant and each piece will be unique. Torch firing is addictive, you can never make only one piece !
Using the same enamels in different proportion or sifting sequence can give you very different results. Check the picture!, these are the same blues and greens on both pieces!
Learn to make an artisan sterling silver and enamel pendant.
Inside tab settings are an easy way to set your beautiful torch fired cabochon.
Fabricating this type of setting involves cutting and piercing with a jeweler’s saw, drilling pilot holes, filing ,sanding and soldering.
The project can be modified to be solder-less, but after torch firing, who is going to be scared of a tiny bit of soldering?
Texturing with stamps and the use of liver os sulfur patina on the silver gives you another way to personalize your project.
This tutorial will guide you through all these steps with photos and many tips to make everything easier.
This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file. It has 10 pages, 29 photos and life size template of all the components.
For intermediate skill students (torch use experience recommended)
Corrugation is a metalworking technique that lets you pleat a metal sheet. These pleated sheet can be used in many jewelry making projects as they are lightweight but strong.
Torch fired enamels are a good alternative to try enameling without making the big investment of buying a kiln.
You will need a gas burning torch, a steel tripod & mesh, a couple of metal trivets and of course copper enamels!
If buying enamels for the first time get a sample pack of opaques, they will be easier to use than transparents (you can try those later).
Learn a new set of skills. Combine the amazing texture of corrugation with colorful torch enameling and you will have an eye-catching pendant to wear.
This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file. It has 12 pages, 35 photos and life size template of all the components. For intermediate skill students (torch use experience recommended)
Torch firing offers a cheap and fast way of trying your hand at enameling.
There are many techniques to try out, the colors are bright and eye catching, the combinations infinite,what is not to like?
Fabricate a simple and effective sterling silver prong setting for your torch-fired enamel piece. The result will be a one-of-a-kind conversation starter.
Included you will find instruction for the Sgraffito enameling method used on the photo and how-to steps for the fabrication of the backing piece.
The fabrication of the backing will cover texturing with hammers, making and soldering prongs, cutting jump rings and patina application.
You will also learn how to make a cable neck wire for your pendant.
This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file. It has 12 pages, 33 photos and life size template of all the components. For intermediate skill students (torch use experience recommended)