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How To Make a Twist Cage Pendant with the Swanstrom Link-Forming Pliers

How To Make a Twist Cage Pendant with the Swanstrom Link-Forming Pliers


hi I’m Jim Sheriff and today we’re going to make a marble pendant with a twist using the swanstrom link forming pliers I start out by soldering 16 gauge wire into a ring with an internal diameter of a little over three-quarters of an inch then I arrange the arrange pegs on the link forming plier I put three pegs on one one of the jigs and one peg on the other then I place the ring on the pliers and squeeze it to shape I’m going to have to do it twice for this particular size ring so I’m just moving the pin on one one side back to the next hole and I’ll squeeze again then I’ll set my stop so that I can make all of them identical after I’ve formed the wire with the link forming pliers then I flatten flatten the wire on a bench block with a hammer or better yet using the Bonnie goon press after after I flatten the two links then I cut one of the links at the bottom with a jewelers saw then I cut the top of the other link the next step is to solder the the bottom of the basket then once that’s soldered I’ll open up the one of the top legs here and slide the marble in and close the top and then solder the top after that is done I made a couple took a couple pieces of one inch dowel stock and just made crossing Sokka and and I use these to twist the basket now that it’s all soldered up so I just put the basket in and twist once once the basket is is twisted then solder a jump ring on the top and that’s it enjoy and have fun you

12 thoughts on “How To Make a Twist Cage Pendant with the Swanstrom Link-Forming Pliers”

  1. Hi, Tim used a torch to solder 16 gauge sterling silver wire. I hope this is of some help.
    Thank you
    Mark N Tech

  2. Hi. you could do this with copper, brass, gold or silver filled. For copper i would use the copper solder 132202. it will have a much better colormatch than the silver and you wouldn't have to paint it.
    Mark N Tech

  3. Hi Po. Tim uses a small Little Torch and since the seam is far enough away from the marble, he can solder it without damaging the marble. In these cases you can also use a compound like Chil Gel to help protect the stone.
    Mark N Tech

  4. Is there a tutorial on how to make the wire rings, what kind of soldering tool did he use and what kind of press did he mention using instead of a hammer?

  5. What type of wire was used. Can you solder silver filled wire, copper or gold coloured copper wire?

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