Here are four striking bails using the same design principle to accommodate
your large gemstone donuts.
The design is simple with only one soldered joint, making it a good
project for beginner solders.
The bails can be used for rectangular, square or round donuts.
Three of the bails are soldered pieces and one a no-solder project.
The bails can be made in sterling silver, copper, brass or bronze.
You can customize the design further, by using your own stamps or
texture hammers on the metal.
The tubes at the back of the bails are big enough to accommodate
most chains, large gauge neck wires, multi-strand cable necklaces
or smaller bead necklaces.
They can also be used in conjunction with silk cords, ribbons,
beaded Kumihimo cords or larger bead strands.
Go look for those forgotten large gemstone donuts in your bead
boxes and make some awesome pendants today!
Handmade Artisan Torch fired enamel pendant in yellow, orange and red.
Enamels are finely ground glass and can be fused to metal by heating the metal and powdered glass until the glass melts, sticking permanently to the metal.
The traditional way of firing enamels to a glassy state is using a kiln, but it can also be done with a torch.
This pendant is fired multiple times, and the “Sgraffito” technique was used to reveal the yellow enamel under the red and orange top coats.
“Sgrafitto” means to scratch in Italian, the design is scratched on the powdered top coat before firing it, to reveal the previously fired coat underneath.
The bail rings are made with hand twisted oxidized copper wire.
The enameled piece is 53mm (1 3/8”) in diameter.
The pendant is 64mm (2 ½”) long.
It comes on an 8mm black leather cord 46cm ( 18”) long, with a magnetic clasp
The stone is a beautiful blue-brown-gray color.
Mushroom jasper get’s its name from the repeated gray pattern that looks like a group of mushrooms.
The bail is made of oxidized copper.
The pendant comes on an 8mm braided brown leather cord 18” long, with a magnetic clasp.
The stone is 55 x 41 mm and the total length of the pendant is 95mm (3 ¾”)
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.