The Hardware Store is a Jeweler's Friend

I've just taken a few classes and learned some great new techniques involving manipulating metals. The instructors always have great tips based on their vast experience -- for example, there are plenty of tools you can pick up from the hardware store that can help you finish those dead-soft metal projects!

I just picked up:

14 gauge copper wire
Nail punches
Sanding block (fine grit)
Rough metal file (fine toothed, cheap kind)

And with only a few of my jeweler's tools, created this Poppy Pendant of sterling silver and copper rivets!



The sanding block and file were used to smooth the edges, the nail punches made the circle shapes, and the copper wire was used for the rivets.

Next time, I'll share how to make an inexpensive at-home tumbler!

1 comments:

Tammy said...

I schmoozed you:
http://www.jewelryandbeading.com/2007/07/15/schmooze-awards/