A bit of handmade jewelry is on tap for today’s gift idea:

Soldering jewelry has never been SO easy. Truly.

You’ll need:

  • 100 Watt Soldering Iron (works best, but you can also make use out of whatever you happen to have in the toolbox)
  • Lead-Free Solder — same stuff you find in the plumbing section at the home improvement store
  • Metal Stamps (optional) (can be found at any home improvement store)
  • Jewelry Findings/Repurposed Chain

These little silver stones are raw puddles of solder.  Just hold your spool to the end of your hot soldering iron and let the puddle form onto a slick, hard (heat-tolerating) surface..such as a ceramic tile, piece of granite, etc.

  • You can play around with different shapes, and make them as smooth or as irregular as you like….(hearts are pretty easy…just combine two teardrop shapes)
  • To clean up any rough edges, use a file.
  • Shine up with some steel wool and wax to finish/seal.
  • These make beautiful pendants….(for very little $$).  You could also just create a small bag of them that spell out a sentiment and present as just free form stones instead of a jewelry piece.
  • To imbed something like a small piece of mosaic glass, place it on your work surface and then puddle the solder over top.  Flip over to reveal.

Be free with it all, abandon the rules and have FUN with it!  A unique gift every time.

Cheers my friends, to gifts that shine brightly  from what you can create out of an inexpensive spool of plumbing solder.

michele.

 

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  3. Mary says:

    Is there a specific type of wax to seal? Yours look so much better than mine…… Mine are more “clumpy” but that just makes them mine. :) Fantastic idea and now need to go buy some more solder. Thank you!

  4. Angela says:

    Love love love this post! Also REALLY love those “dress forms” in the photo. Did you make those? Or can you tell me where you purchased? Thanks.

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  6. susan eger says:

    michelle, i watched your show years ago and then “lost touch”.
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  7. Janet says:

    You can buy the metal stamps at Micheals, and Hobby Lobby. Fire Mountain Gems has started selling them also!! Happy Soldering!!

  8. Marilyn Workman says:

    What kind of stamps are you talking about? Are they the kind you can use for leather and other crafts?? Please let me know, I want to try this. Thanks

  9. Michele says:

    I have bought sets at home improvement stores like Menards, Lowes, Home Depot, Harbor Freight….Michael’s Also carries a couple of different sets of them. Harbor Freight had a variety of sizes at extremely good prices. Your home improvement variety is usually All Caps…stores that carry jewelry making supplies may offer more in the way of small caps/large caps and different font styles. Hope that helps…let me know if you need anything further!

  10. sherrie says:

    Where can we buy the metal stamps, specifically?Please name a store like MIchaels…

  11. Michele Beschen says:

    Regarding the drilling. I do all my stones up first, (finished and waxed) and then decide where I want to drill the holes to connect things. I simply use my dremel with a small drill bit. You can also use a regular drill with a smaller drill bit, as well. I want to say for some I drilled with a 1/16 bit when I used a larger style jump ring….and for others a tad smaller bit. I have the little drill bit kit that goes with the dremel tool and use a couple different ones out of it… I’ll look at the exact sizes when I get to the studio and share which ones. It’s an easy material to drill through. I’ll also try and add a couple of pics to this post regarding that process so you guys have a visual.

  12. Josie says:

    I’m also wondering as to how and when do you make the holes, and add the jump rings to the hearts.

  13. KIM says:

    I love this.I found a soldering iron on the curb,stand an all,nothing wrong with it,so I’m going to be making me some stuff now.Thanks so much.

  14. Brenda says:

    Michele, these are beautiful!! You never cease to amaze me. Thanks for the abundance of great ideas and for all the inspiration.

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