This Stunning Pearl Pendant is so unique and beautiful. The pendant that you make can be soldered on to a sterling silver ring band, and you can create a matching ring and pendant. Here is how my dad made it:
My dads pendant requires soldering the the tubing and the domed sterling silver blank together.
But I found something is much easier, Take the Sterling Silver Orzo Shaped Pendant Mounting, your Half drilled pearls, take you glue, and put it on the wire part of the mount, and hold the pearl until it sticks into place, and then it is done. The same process is used to make the Sterling Silver Ring.
And a list of Pearl Rings that you can choose from, the same process applies, pick the pearl you would like, get the epoxy glue, and there you have your own Pearl Ring and Pendant that is just your style!
That is what I love about making jewelry there are so many options out there of what you can make!
Happy Easter Everyone!
Tales of the Shop:
Last year we went to Easter with some of our Michigan friends, it was during that trip that my husband decided that he wanted to change his post doc to Ames Iowa. I remember being devestated that I needed to leave my beloved Canada, but knew that it needed to be done. Now here I am typing away in Ames Iowa. Who knows where we will be next year!
Grab your 20 gauge wire and cut it at 3 and 1/8th inch
With your the Ball Peen Hammer on the flat side instead of the round side, pound it on the Metal Block to flatten it. The Metal block is important to make sure that it gets flattened. At this point, clean your metal with the jewelry cloth. When it is nice and shiny. Wrap the wire around the dowel. To make the ends curvier grab the pliers to round the ends.
Tales of the Shop:
This is my Grandpa Finch and his trusty dog Fast Runner. Their relationship is one of the ages, wherever Grandpa goes, he is right beside him. A couple of months ago Fast Runner was hit by a car, and Grandpa did all that he could to make sure that he was all right. Fast Runner has since recovered. Now Grandpa just barely went in for back surgery and recovering. I know that Fast Runner is waiting patiently for his friend who will return.
My dad has been in the jewelry business for over 35 years, he has seen a lot of jewelry styles come and go, and there has been one ring that has stood the test of time, and proven to be a top seller from the beginning of its existence now, and I predict it will continue to be popular, introducing the Knot Ring.
Here is a step by step tutorial by my incredible mom:
Explanation of Shop Tools used:
The wire is 20 Gauge sterling silver, and my mom attaches the wire to a Vice. It is important to put the wire in the vice to get a nice hold on the wire to be able to create the Knot Ring. The pliers used have rubber on them to have enough grip to help my mom pull the wire through. When you release the wire, you put the knot wire onto the mandrel to check the sizing and to round the wire. Shears are used to cut through the wire. Now those scissors should be treated with respect, because if not, accidents may occur. (We will not go into any details of that at this time.)
Flat head pliers are then used to bend the wire to match the ends. These flat head pliers are a must for matching any ring. The matching of the ring is so important because who wants a ring that isn’t seamless? (No one!) My mom puts a protective spray (flux) on the ring, to help the wire so it doesn’t melt. Yes silver does melt when you put too much heat on it, is it acceptable? No it is not! Have we done it, every now and then? Yes, but it is a sad moment when it happens.
Which leads into Soldering this is the biggest honor that can be bestowed upon you in the shop. Because not only have you been entrusted that you can work with fire and not burn the house down. You have advanced into another realm of jewelership that lets you learn so many new and fun designs. There have been times that we have been banned from soldering because certain things should not be burned like pennies. But my parents are patient and always let us solder again after we realize our wrong.
Before the soldering even begins, you will first need a soldering board to protect your surface. Torch something to light the torch with like these. Now you may begin the soldering process.
Sterling Silver Solder is used to combine the ends of the wire. You once again pound the knot ring round and to the correct size. Is the ring done? No it is not. We then have the knot ring cleaned. This youtube video shows the process of how we make and clean the rings from start to finish.
There are other ways to complete a ring without a torch, by creating a fun way to twist the wire, Designed by Lei has several rings that are not soldered, but still look wonderful.
Have fun making the knot ring!
Tales of the Shop:
There are six siblings in my wonderful family, four girls and two boys, and we are all married, except for the youngest, whom I lovingly refer to as the Baben, Hunnard, and Oh Ang, her name is Lisa, so I don’t know how she got all those nicknames… But she truly is a gem, and the lucky one who gets her! Why do I bring up marriage during the knot ring tutorial? Because Tying the Knot seems to fit in quite nicely with this lovely ring:)
I LOVE PEARLS. I love how pure, simple, and beautiful they are.
I think my love of pearls began with Anne of Green Gables when she wanted pearls for her wedding ring.
“But pearls are for tears, the old legend says,” Gilbert had objected. “I’m not afraid of that. And tears can be happy as well as sad. My very happiest moments have been when I had tears in my eyes—when Marilla told me I might stay at Green Gables—when Matthew gave me the first pretty dress I ever had—when I heard that you were going to recover from the fever. So give me pearls for our troth ring, Gilbert, and I’ll willingly accept the sorrow of life with its joy.” -Anne”
Audrey Hepburn’s favorite piece of jewelry were not diamonds but pearls and her favorite piece was a pearl necklace given to her by her then Husband Mel Ferrer.
Style icons of our day, adored pearls:
Pearls are always appropriate – Jackie Kennedy
I favor pearls onscreen and in my private life – Grace Kelly
A Woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls – Coco Channel
Here is my favorite ring that my dad makes:
Here is a video to show how to make this gorgeous ring.
Here is a more in depth video on how the Pearl Ring is made:
Cannot wait to see what your pearl Ring Looks like!
Tales of the Shop:
I got to live a childhood dream, I was able to go to Anne of Green Gables.
This book series means so much to me because I started reading them when my family and I were moving from Spring City UT to El Paso TX, when I was 14 years old. I needed something to help me with the transition, and I was able to find Anne to help me through.
When I saw Green Gables, it was everything I wanted it to be. I will be forever grateful for my sister Nicole who made it all possible. I look back at these pictures and feel such gratitude for being able to see something that means so much to me!
After seeing Anne of Green Gables, my whole perspective on goals and life changed. It is important to have hopes, dreams and goals because you know what? They may come true! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be able to live in Canada and see my beloved Prince Edward Island, but it happened!
Can’t get enough of Rose Gold, maybe this will satisfy you:
If you see the value in both metals, and it is hard to choose which one, why not have both?
And that my friends is why the Double Knot Ring is so AWESOME!
The tools you will need to make the double knot ring are:
Here are the different types of wire that were shown in the pictures above. Choose what combination of wires you would like. Wrap the wire around your finger, and add a half length more in width to make sure you have enough for the knot in the ring.
To make the knot, you will need to create a clamp to pull the wire into a knot:
You can use pliers to pull it with both hands, or have you and someone else on either end of the wire pull it.
once pulled you need to find something round to create a circle like a mandrel. You can use a marker to get the ends rounded, but the final step to get the whole ring round, you will need a mandrel and a mallet.
To connect the ends of the wire, solder it together, which is an involved process.
Solder paste, depending upon which wire you use, will depend on what paste you will use, if you put Sterling Silver paste on Rose gold, you will end up with white on the ring. Here are the soldering Pastes:
It is quite an involved process, but there is another way to make a double knot ring without using a torch and that is to be creative with the wire and do something cool like this shop Designed by Lei
This is a great idea of how to finish off a ring without using a soldering torch. If you look at her shop you will see a lot of creative rings, that do not use soldering but are still so pretty!
Enjoy making your beautiful Double Knot Ring!
Tales of the Shop
My mom LOVES playing the piano, and has attempted to teach each of her six kids how to play the piano. We all vary in our ability to play the piano, but one thing is for sure, we all enjoy music and appreciate our moms efforts to teach us! I have been away from my family for seven years, and I tend to get homesick on one day of the week, it is Sunday. Why Sunday? Because this is the day where we all gathered together as a family to eat delicious food, have a discussion, have a walk around the block and gather around the piano to sing songs.
Oh Rose Gold where have you been all my life? Why did I not know that you existed until now when it seems like it is appearing on everything?
I typed in Rose Gold on Pinterest, and found watches, cupcakes, cups, headphones, bikes, faucets and shoes. Apple i phone has called rose gold the new pink and now apparently people are dying their hair a rose gold shade, which is quite lovely.
So with all the hype of rose gold, I have gathered some information about this wonderful type of jewelry that has inspired this craze.
There are three kinds of Rose golds, Red Gold, Rose Gold and Pink Gold. The more copper it has in the gold the more Red it is. Gold in and of itself is very soft and hard to make it into jewelry and can easily be dented with the wear and tear of life. That is why an alloy which means another metal is combined with gold to make it more durable and easier to work with. To create the rose hue copper is added to the gold.
To help you understand how much copper is added to it can be found in what Karat they are made of.
24K Gold is 100% Gold
22 K gold is 91.7 % Gold
18 K is 75% Gold
14K Gold is 58.3% Gold
12 K gold is 50% Gold and
10 K gold is 41.7% gold. anything below 10 K is not considered to be real gold in America. That is why it is important to make sure that any ring that you see has the Karat stamped inside the piece of jewelry to make sure it is legit.
Since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are some amazing pictures of Red, Rose and Pink Gold
1920’s found a resurgence of the rose gold ring thanks to cartiers trinity Rolling Ring. This ring has the best of three worlds, for those that have a hard time deciding what type of gold they like best, why not just combine all three? Rose gold, yellow gold and white gold.
Our least favorite time of day working in the shop was 4:00 pm when we had to have all the jewelry cleaned, packaged and in the box to send to the UPS man. My mom liked to made sure that we used up all our working time right to the last minute. We would send Nicole off to meet the UPS man (because she knew how to get there FAST!) While we waited anxiously hoping that the package got there in time. More often than not, we were able to make it in time! When we missed the UPS man…that was not a good moment!!!
We are a family of four sisters and two brothers who were lucky enough to have a dad who has been a jeweler for over thirty years and taught us some of the tools of the trade. We love to share what we have learned over the years of growing up in the jewelry business.
My dad has made hundreds of designs, some of which can be found on our site. In this post we will focus on his heart designs:
All of these heart designs are incredible, and require specialized tools that are only in the shop. So I challenged my dad to come up with a design using tools that everyone has. With that challenge, he created a beautiful heart earring using a pen, which you may or may not have on hand. I know that in my house, it is hard to find a pen:)
The first time you make these earrings will probably be a little tough, but do not let that stop you. Every time my dad taught us a design, it took a lot of work to be able to get it right, but over time it got better and we even enjoyed making whatever style he taught us. Then he immediately would show us another design to make! that is the great thing about making jewelry, there is always something to learn.
Happy Jewelry Making!
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