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Silver Dip pendant. Answered

Hi Everyone!!

I am trying to make a few silver dip pendants from some beautiful rocks that I got on a trip. But I don´t know where to start.
Is there any silversmith around here or someone with experience to tell me if this can be made at home with the right tools?


Thank you very, very much.

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Downunder35mBest Answer (author)2017-10-26

I have done some simple things a few years back when my sister felt the need for fancy home made jewlery.
There a neat way for beginners to "cheap" by using copper tape.
Available quite cheap on Ebay in widths from 3mm to a few cm.
I used this self adhesive tape to first create a straight rim around the stone, then added more stip cuttings to cover the area.
Once all is firmly pressed in place using some suitable tools I simply soldered over the copper tape.
Cleanup and a coat of clear acrylic varnish and it looked great.
Instead of solder you can of course use silve and flux but I recommend to practise with the silver first as it can be tricky for the beginner.

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iceng (author)2017-10-26

After you shape and polish the beautiful rock making sure you have an 1/8" edge all around the perimeter then you cut a silver flat outline just a bit bigger then the rock..

Next you cut a 1/8" strip to silver solder around the Ag flat and insert the beautiful rock and remove the overflow cleaning to a Paul Revere finish...

There is so much involved you should join a local Gem and Mineral Club that can teach you the detail skills you need on their machine shop..

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ImmersivePilar (author)2017-10-27

Thank you! This is the result I´m looking for I don't know why the images didn't load in the post. Thanks <3

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rickharris (author)rickharris2017-10-27

Another way which may suit a less experienced hand is to use polymer clay. You form your mound using the clay which can be hardened by cooking in your oven.

http://www.cooksongold.com/FIMO-Polymer-Clay/-Rang...

FIMO is the UK brand but I think in the USA it may be called Sculptey.

http://www.cooksongold.com/Precious-Metal-Clay/-Ra...

you can get a silver version which contains real silver. after forming you burn out the polymer with a torch leaving just the silver. A bit more permanent but also more complicated.

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Thank you so much I tried that already, specially with both clays but the precious metal clay needed a very high temperature and it broke some rocks. Thanks for all the links.

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