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Basic Soldered Jewelry Pendants Part 1


hi I’m Jan with Jan’s Jewelry Supplies
welcome to our basic soldered pendant video today we’re going to be making
these two pieces but I’m going to show you a few others before we get started
on that these three pieces are actually beads that have been wrapped in the
copper foil and then soldered around the only difference is this one I’ve
actually attached jump rings three jump rings at the bottom and added a beaded
chain then a jump ring on its top this piece right here is just a tumbled stone
that I wrapped in the copper foil and soldered this one here is actually two
transparent stones that have a peacock feather that is sandwiched in between
the two of them and then I’ve just wrapped the tape around the two stones these two pieces are just standard
cabochon that have been wrapped and the copper tape and soldered and one of the
nice things about using the copper foil tape and solder is you can take just
about any shape that stone or bead or even broken pieces and be able to use
them if you’ve got a really pretty stone but it’s broken you can wrap it and this
is one of my favorites this one is actually a vintage stone that is an
unusual shape and I can’t find any settings for them just ended up using
the copper foil tape soldering it and then adding the leaf embellishment to
the top and the leaves came with a loop so that is actually the loop for me to
attach a jump ring and put it on a chain these are the two pieces that we’ll be
doing this is just a nineteen and a half millimeter transparent triangle stone
that I’ve wrapped in the copper foil tape and I used a three millimeter
copper foil tape on this one and just added this little filigree this is just
a very large navette stone it’s about sixty two millimeters by twenty three
millimeters again there’s no stone our settings for this particular stone so
this was a nice way for me to be able to use this stone I’m going to go over a
few supplies that you will need you may find other supplies that work for you
this is just what works for me first thing you’re going to need is a
soldering iron this one has a temperature control on it
and I believe it goes up to 450 degrees I usually have it set at about 350 you
will also need some solder I use both of these this is a solder wire with a rosin
core it melts at 300 degrees I’m going to be using both of these I’ll use the
wire on the first project and these are just solder pellets these do not have
flux in them I like to use these we have a bunch of it and vintage stock but
I get it longer find it but this this is what I like to use you also need flux
and to keep my soldering iron clean I keep a piece of steel wool and a damp
cloth you also need a brush just to brush on
the flux and I find that having a third hand comes in handy on the bigger pieces
I will use a clamp to hold on to the piece sometimes if they have a pointed
back it’s hard to get the clamp to hold on to them and you have to use pliers
and I have two different thicknesses of copper tape I have a five millimeter and
a three millimeter on small projects I use the three millimeter or for small
pieces I use the three millimeter and if they have a thicker edge I will use the
five millimeter with your soldering iron when you store it you need to store it
with solder on it to keep it from oxidizing and that’s part of the reason
why I keep the steel wool on there as well it does start to oxidize while
you’re using it so I keep it clean with the steel wool and the damp cloth if you
can see the difference in the edges of these two stones this one has obviously
a lot smaller but it has also a much thinner edge this one is a much larger
stone but it also has a thick edge on this one I’m going to be using the three
millimeter copper foil since it does have such a thin edge and it’s a very
small piece and to start out I just take the copper foil and I cut it to where
it’s just a little bit larger than the piece that I’m working on I want a
little bit of overlap just peel the foil back before I’ll take
that and start placing it on the stone I’m going to start just beyond the
corner with the edge because I want to overlap that and then I’m just going to
start placing the tape around the edge of the stone just go all the way around the stone you
overlap the tape you want to try and make it even where you can’t see where
one in begins and when it ends so I’m overlapping that and we’ll take
it on around the edge I’m just going to cut it off we go ahead and push the edges up
against the stone once I have the tape push down on the stone I will come back
with just a hard piece of plastic this just happens to be a plastic knife I
just go around the edge and push the foil down to make it smooth before I
start soldering it I’ll do this all the way around the edge and turn it over do
the same thing I foiled all the way around the stone now I’m going to go and add
flux to the copper foil I usually do a couple of sides at one time
once I have flux on the tape and I start adding my solder I want to make sure my
soldering iron is cleaned just wiping it on a cloth I’ll load my soldering iron up with a
little bit of solder and I’m just going to basically brush it along the edge of
the foil you want to make sure all of the copper
is colored is covered in silver if you go to add solder to your iron and it
will not stick to your iron and just take your iron and wipe it on the steel
wool a few times and then wipe it on a damp rag and that will clean off any of
the oxidation and the solder should stick to it again I’m going to grab hold
of the stone and add some flux then I’m going to load my iron with solder and
I’m just going to rake it across the stone or across the foil the stone is completely covered in the
silver so now I want to add a filigree have a small filigree that I’m just
going to curve so it kind of wraps around the stone a little bit
I want the coloring of this brass filigree to match the wire or to the
solder so I am going to put some flux on it and basically color it with a foil or
with the solder just going to put a little bit of solder on my soldering
iron and I’m going to start brushing the color onto the filigree you’re not going to be able to
completely cover your filigree with solder make it completely silver without
having globs of silver and losing your detail of the filigree I just want it to
blend with the solder that’s around the head of the stone so it will have a gold
and silver look to it I want to attach it to the stone I’m just going to set it
down and set the stone on top of it okay I have the stone setting on top of the
filigree I don’t know if you can see I have it bent up to where it is touching
the edge of the solder or the tape that is covered in solder and at the very tip
I also bent it carved it a little bit to where this loop the bottom of this loop
is also touching the solder at this very point I found it’s a whole lot easier to
use a torch at this point you might be able to successfully solder it but it is
a whole lot easier with the torch so I am just going to get some solder and
this solder wire that I am using does have this solder that I’m using does
have a rosin core so I don’t really need flux with this at this point I’m going
to go ahead and heat this area up and apply the solder here’s the first finished piece if you
have problems with the stone moving when you had an embellishment or a jump ring
you can lay out some play-doh to lay the stone in or use a J board or even a wet
floral board to see how to do that just view soldering made easy video 1 in part
2 we’ll be making this large pendant

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