Ever want to make unique pendant or charm shapes from metal sheets? Well, Becky Stern shows us how to use a jewelry saw with her excellent video tutorial on the making of a Firefox pendant.
She also includes instructions on how to attach the saw blade to the frame. She does the sawing on a wooden v-shaped bench pin. Becky has a static version of the tutorial on Craftzine if you're not fond of video tutorials.
Some jewelry artisans coat their saw blade with beeswax or a candle to make sawing easier and prolong its useful life. There are also commercial saw blade lubricants available. A Jewelry Making Daily reader suggests using a scrap piece of picture mat board in between the bench pin and the metal to help the saw "bite" and prevent blade breakage.
Cloud Charm Pendant
We talk incessantly about the weather. So why not feature it in jewelry designs? That's exactly what Mimi Cheung did by creating a pendant made from cloud charms. The free tutorial is from Lark Books' metal smith book called 30-Minute Necklaces: 60 Quick and Creative Projects for Jewelers
I'm not quite sure I could saw 3 clouds in 30 minutes flat - even small ones - let alone sand and patina them too! But then I probably haven't used the jewelry saw enough. However, these tutorials encourage me to practice more!
Before you go :
- Weather Inspired Jewelry
- How to Make Bezel Settings - Free eBook and Tutorials
- How to Make Metal Stamped Jewelry
For more tutorials check out my Jewelry Making Tips
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