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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to edge crystals in metal? on: January 01, 2012 12:04:41 PM
Oh, that's copper tape placed around the edge of the crystal, then painted with flux, and covered in jewelry solder (you can get it in either gold or silver, and is something you would need to get from a jeweler's supply store like Rio Grande. Don't use the electronics stuff you can get at the hardware store. It isn't as pretty and not recommended to be worn on your skin)
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Settings on: January 01, 2012 12:01:45 PM
Those aren't just glued on, they are set in as well. The metal pieces are custom cast to accommodate for the pointed backs of the stone. She uses channel settings, pave style settings, and a few others, but i would be really surprised if you could just walk out and buy those. Generally it's something that you have to cast for yourself and then hand set the stones.

The only thing I can think of that might get you close is putting together some old jewelry pieces. A bit of solder and maybe some replacement rhinestones might take you pretty far.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Dumb question... Sell food from someone else's recipe? on: August 02, 2010 04:15:00 PM
Honestly, whether or not it's legally okay, morally I think it's kind of wrong- someone has dedicated a lot of time to develop those recipes, and just straight up selling the byproduct is kind of like cheating.

If you're going to use those recipes, why not adapt them and tweak them a bit to make it your own?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: J&T challenge 2: Little fish, little fish on: July 11, 2010 12:42:53 AM
I've been stumped as to how I wanted to do my wedding jewelry, but the earrings you made for this set inspired me Smiley

This is such a beautiful set. Thank you for sharing!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best way to attach metal to metal? on: April 27, 2010 10:49:46 AM
Soldering with a torch or cold connections like Circleofstone described will probably be your best bet. I actually think rivets and screws would add a nice touch to steampunk jewelry.

If you prefer to go the soldering route, I really recommend you pick up silver solder and a torch, or at least be extremely careful if you prefer an iron, and check the content of the solder you're using. Check for lead content.

Glue isn't a bad choice, and it's probably the easiest, but it's not the strongest hold. A good epoxy or jeweler's glue will hold that stuff in though.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Metalsmithing tools, what to buy and where to buy it? on: April 19, 2010 11:23:22 PM
It's all pretty crazy- I was just utterly baffled when I went to go shopping for supplies, but Rio Grande is an excellent source, Fire Mountain can be pretty solid too- they're starting to carry a lot of the basics, and are pretty reliable. Etsy occasionally has some nice specialty stuff. Other than that, I usually hit up our local rock shop Smiley I've seen things on Amazon, too. They're nice if you know exactly what you want.

If you have any rock shops in your area, or jewelers supply stores (though, those are more often in bigger metropolitan areas), they can usually hook you up. If they offer any metals classes through a local college, I've found that instructors are often pretty happy to talk to you if you send them an email.

If there's anything else I can help you with, definitely feel free to toss me a message, and I will do my level best. Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Metalsmithing tools, what to buy and where to buy it? on: April 13, 2010 12:50:40 AM
the things that were recommended to me, and that I've found to be the most useful:

1. A good bastard file. You will make mistakes when you cut, you will need to file.
2. A good set of needle files. (see above.)
3. A jeweler's saw frame (at least 3" depth) and a selection of saw blades- trust me, get plenty of practice holding and cutting with your saw.
4. Saw blades- Buy a lot of blades (seriously, start with at least a dozen. Size 2 is a good size to start with, they don't break as easily.)
5. Bench pin- I realllllly like the ones with the built in anvil, it's super convenient.
6. Ring clamp- wooden, won't mar the metal. Nice things to have around!
7. A dremel and a cordless drill (or just a dremel with plenty of drill bits) - one of the drill bit indexes with a huge assortment of drill bits is nice to have, too.
8. Appropriate safety wear- meaning goggles, leather gloves, face masks and ear plugs. Take care of your body!
9. A large assortment of sandpaper grits (50-800 grit was what was recommended to me. I usually use 200-800)
10. Metal sheers, for cutting solder.
11. Silver solder (hard solder was what was recommended to me, and it is really good for beginners.)
12. Flux and pickle and a dedicated pickle crock pot(if you're gonna solder metal, it's pretty damn important to do it right.)
13. A torch. You can use one of the little brulee torches. Also appropriate tools for protecting your work surface from the heat. Alternately, learn to rivet. They're pretty fun and make a really nice look.
14. Scribe- for marking your metal. Sharpies are nice for making removable marks as well.
15. Chasing hammer- it's a really good all purpose hammer, I use mine more than anything else.

One thing I really want to recommend is that you pick up some cheap metals like copper and brass and work with them for a while until you get comfortable. When I was taking classes, 12g was what we ended up starting out with- yeah, it's thick... but it makes for excellent practice.

I found that you can get a lot of supplies for this sort of work at www.riogrande.com, as well as hardware supply stores- needle files, larger grit sandpaper, dremel, scribe, sharpies, drill, and safety wear are all really easy to find at just about any hardware store.

Bench pins, saws, solder, hammer, clamps, etc all would come from a jeweler's supply store-
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: soldering iron question on: April 13, 2010 12:34:55 AM
No, that's not normal at all, and could be caused by any multitude of things. I really think it's wise to invest in a new iron.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Help! What to do with these? on: March 11, 2010 02:51:46 PM
that'd make some creepy and awesome gift wrap!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dremel Versatip for Heat Applications: what to do, can I solder silver? on: February 15, 2010 02:16:13 PM
You might be able to- I'd pick up some cheap silver and silver solder, and see if it will melt it. I can't find any information stating what kind of temperatures it can endure, but it said something about being usable for welding, which generally takes much much higher heat than soldering...
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