oh and VERY budget friendly

and quick

and easy

to make

using two items from the garage or toolbox

Silver lead-free plumbing solder

100 Watt Soldering Iron

I love creating free form solder shapes.  I did these for our courage to create jewelry DVD a while back and continue to make them for different occasions. They make beautiful pendants and charms that can be worn, placed in a decorative dish or box, or simply carried around in your pocket.

Simply puddle your solder onto a slick, heat resistant surface like a piece of granite or a glass cutting board or a ceramic tile.  To create a heart, puddle one half in the shape of a tear drop and then the other, connecting and shaping as you go. You can then use your hot iron to further shape and smooth. Tip: Don’t try to overwork the puddle. Let cool.

Metal letter stamps can be used to personalize. You can drill a hole through it if you’re wanting to hang on a necklace or bracelet.

You can also play around with embedding things like small pieces of broken glass (place your item on your surface and then puddle your solder around it.   The bottom of your puddle will be the ‘front’ of your charm.

To finish them off, I like to use a bit of steel wool if needed or a file to do any ‘clean-up’.  Grinding, polishing, and buffing wheels for a Dremel tool work great.

Seal with a clear wax and buff.

You won’t be able to stop at just one.  Give them away proudly.

Cheers to another gift of the heart.

michele.

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