A simple pendant made with soldered scrap copper and leather.
More helpful soldering tips for this project here, in my jewelry soldering instructable.
Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED
- a thick copper wire scrap;
- leather cord;
- silver or copper solder;
- jewelry saw;
- metal tube (or ring mandrel);
- jewelry torch;
- soldering block.
Step 2: ANNEAL
Anneal the copper wire on a hot flame, until red.
Step 3: CIRCLES
Form some circles of your desired size on a ring mandrel or any metal tube.
Step 4: CUT
Cut carefully the copper circle with the jewelry saw (use glows, the jewelry saw make nasty cuts).
You should try to obtain a cut as much clean and sharp as possible.
Step 5: CLEAN
Make sure your piece is really clean where the soldering is going to happen.
You can pickle your piece, or use some sanding paper.
Before start soldering your soldering surfaces should touch each other perfectly.
More tips on how to clean it here, on my jewelry soldering instructable.
Step 6: FLUX
Place some flux on the piece you need to solder.
(I made my flux with borax and table salt, 2 to 1).
Step 7: SILVER SOLDER
Place the ring on your soldering block (I'm just using pumice gravel).
Cut a little piece of solder (I'm using silver solder), and place it on the cut of the ring.
Step 8: SOLDERING
Solder your piece: start to heat up the whole piece from around it, and under, until everything is hot, than when you notice the flux to melt, you can slowly move on top of the soldering part.
More tips on how to do this here, on my jewelry soldering instructable.
Step 9: PIKCLE
Pickle your piece until all the flux is gone. Pickle is more effective when warm.
I made my pickle with vinegar and table salt.
Step 10: CLEAN
Wash your piece in warm water with a little backing soda to neutralize the acid of the pickle.
Step 11: STRAIGHTEN
Straighten your piece on the ring mandrel, with light hammer hit.
Step 12: ANNEAL
Anneal the piece again on an hot flame, to make it softer to work with, and to give back a nice dark patina.
Step 13: HAMMER
Hammer it as you like, slightly flat, and with some nice texture.
Step 14: POLISH
Give a little polish to make come out the texture.
You can use a polishing wheel with some fine polish, super fine sanding paper or just a rough rag, depending on how shiny and finish you want your piece to be.
Step 15: KNOT
You can make a simple knot with the leather cord, or hang it from a simple chain necklace.
Step 16: THE END
Make a simple knot on the edge of the leather cord, or an adjustable knot.
If you use a chain necklace here is my instructable on how to make a simple copper clasp.
Step 17: ALTERNATIVE
You can make different decorative knots, I like this one (see photos).