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Topic: Learning Silversmithing, First Few Pieces!  (Read 1091 times)
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« on: April 21, 2009 02:27:23 PM »

Whats up, Craftster!? I haven't posted in ages, but I'm learning a new skill so I thought I'd put a few of my latest pieces up.  I'm taking a silversmithing class . . . last week we learned to solder.  I made these pieces at home from sterling silver wire using my soldering torch.  The oxidized pieces were blackened w/ liver of sulphur.

Oxidized Sterling Wire Knots (a royal pain to make! The wire is so thin I melted it entirely a few times and had to start over)

Oxidized Sterling and Iolite

Oxidized Sterling and Quartz Crystal Briolettes

Polished Sterling and Freshwater Pearls

I'd love to know what you think! (And if anyone knows why liver of sulphur isn't completely blackening my solder joints, PLEASE tell me! Its driving me nuts!)

« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2009 04:20:29 PM »

Maybe it's the type of solder your using. I don't know. ^o^ I do like the polished one better.
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2009 05:26:26 PM »

I love these so much! The second and third ones are just so beautiful! And your soldering looks so nice, mine always forms giant bubbles that drive me absolutely mad, ugh!

« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2009 07:55:32 PM »

These are all so nice!  I took a silversmithing class too but I never attempted to do anything as delicate as these pieces-  great job!  Smiley

I've been playing with liver of sulphur & copper lately.  It's stinky but it's really fun.  Smiley  I'm not sure why it's not sticking to your solder but I kind of like it that way.  It gives the pieces more of an architectural look.  Very cool!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2009 11:58:33 AM »

Thanks, guys!!!  Mouseatethekitty, I use really really really teensy pieces of sheet solder, I think the trick is to use as little as possible then file away the excess. But filing is almost impossible if you're working with thin wire!
I have my class tonight so I'm going to ask my teacher about the liver of sulphur.  If I get a good answer I'll post it here!

« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2009 12:25:44 PM »

Oh my goodness!  These pieces are so beautiful--I love the earrings with the crystals Smiley  I think you've inspired me to take a silversmithing class! 

Thanks for sharing!
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2009 07:56:09 PM »

Oooh those are all pretty but I really like the look of the oxidized sterling and Iolite piece. The color of the stone is a great fit for the color of the metal Wink.

Stop being so damned positive. Staring at the sun only blinds some one. By only looking at the positive, you miss an entire beautiful world of shadows and colors. Don't be overly negative, be realistic. The world is so much more complex and beautiful that way.
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