Picture of Stainless Teardrop
I’ve been wanting to make a teardrop pendant out of stainless steel. The problem is it’s difficult, if not impossible, to solder stainless steel with the method I typically use. Instead of drilling a hole, I included the jump ring into the tear drop. It was a fun project. The only difficulty was shaping the metal to look like a believable droplet.

Step 1: Basic shape

Picture of Basic shape
I chucked a ¼” rod of stainless steel into my mini lathe and spun it at 1100 RPMs. I machined in the basic shape freehand. The only thing you have to watch out for is putting too much pressure on the bulb of the drop. With enough stress you’ll snap it off before you’re ready.
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PowellMade7 months ago

I like it!!! SO classy.

TheForgeMaster11 months ago

I have been very impressed with you jewelry Mrballeng. I must say i have never seen such genius with a engine lathe.

Great project, nice anvil. ~(:-})={ > --- ]

jslarve2 years ago
That's pretty nifty. Would you mind telling the specs/model of that lathe? I've looked at a few, but don't know what I'm looking at. :-)
Mrballeng (author)  jslarve2 years ago
Thanks. Sorry this is late. I didn't know there's a way to see my replies. :)
reosed2 years ago
Has someone who has followed your instructables before, you deserve more tools! When I followed your granite pendant instructable, I found that the "anvil" portion of my vise was very rough and made my polishing job much harder. Great job on this. I might have to see if I can get it done with a drill press and a file! I voted for you.
Mrballeng (author)  reosed2 years ago
Thanks! Don't forget to post photos.
And again: it's amazing
@ Mrballeng's reply: Another thing to take into consideration is that the beauty of handmade items is that they will always have a unique quality, just like a signature! That looks so cool that I would try it if I had the tools. I am also impressed with how you took less than a pennies worth of material and made it priceless!
HollyMann2 years ago
Looks beautiful!
Mrballeng (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
Thank you Holly. Now this instructable is legitimate.=)
cjgordon2 years ago
are you going to make them to sell
Mrballeng (author)  cjgordon2 years ago
I like to keep jewelry one of a kind. So this is the only one.
ledshed2 years ago
Nice - stainless is not the easiest of metals and takes a while to polish, but the results and durability make it worth it.
Dakotamouse2 years ago
greatly impressed!
U do very nice work on all ur stuff. Ur wife is one lucky lady. Ur son did a very good Lego instructable also. I really enjoyed it. Keep up the nice work. Looks like son will fellow in Dads footsteps... Lol..
tjk19392 years ago
Good job, sure makes me wish I still had my lathe.
chuckyd2 years ago
I'm a wood turner, and I would turn this the other way around, with the thin part at the end. That way, you don't have to worry about breaking it off so easily.

Also, could could you have turned a longer thin piece and wrapped it around a mandrel to avoid flattening and drilling?
dkeach2 years ago
I absolutely love your stuff mrb, I actually just modified your butterfly tutorial a little and tweaked the size, its about four or five times bigger, kinda regret it bc the solder is more visible, its nice to see youve been getting better equipment though. again u r an inspiration to all of us that beauty is crafted not just biught, thank you. keep it up
Mrballeng (author)  dkeach2 years ago
Why thank you very much. Soldering takes practice, just like anything else. But i know exactly what you mean. I'm really excited about my new anvil. Thanks for taking the time to write.
lillyann2 years ago
Beautiful!!! You should register and sell them at fiverr.com! I'd be the first to buy one!
Kinnishian2 years ago
Quality instructable :). Thanks for the detailed pictures and clear explanations.
This is soooo good; I totally want to try this. I wonder what my husband will say when I ask to play with his lathe ;)
stumitch2 years ago
Well done! (as usual :-) do you have tips on shaping your lathe bit? it looks a bit different than the usual ground shape that tends to get taught at school..
Beautiful work! How many hours did this take all together?
Mrballeng (author)  gravityisweak2 years ago
The whole project took about 1 hour. Probably less without taking pictures. Thanks!
LeumasYrrep2 years ago
That is beautiful. You did a great job shaping it. Like a commentator before said I though you had melted it and then dropped it in water to get that teardrop shape. This would make a great gift for my girlfriend. I might have to go searching through my bar stock tomorrow for a pice of stainless and then fire up the lathe.
Mrballeng (author)  LeumasYrrep2 years ago
Cool thanks! If you thought I melted it than the design worked. Thanks for the comment.
1 great looking anvil, much better than one I mite have suggested. Looks like the Ol' Hammer Head is taking a bit of a break. ~( :- )={
Mrballeng (author)  snoopindaweb2 years ago
I finally bought an anvil. Really excited about it too. =)
nanosec122 years ago
Exactly what Action Pig said below vvvvv this is an example of why I follow your work!
action pig2 years ago
I always love your work!
I am speechless, you projects are just way too awesome :). Thank you so much for sharing.
Mrballeng (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
You're so nice. Thank you.
tomsmac2 years ago

shazni2 years ago
I have a triple drop earring ! And I love it! This is so cute :-)
ian91142 years ago
vary cool! :)
SHIFT!2 years ago
Whoa stunning. I wish I had a lathe!
kondzio292 years ago
Perfect as always ;)
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