Metalsmithing, also called metal jewelry making, is the process of shaping and making jewelry out of metals.
Making jewelry out of metal isn’t limited to expensive and precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum.
You can also use nonferrous metals like copper, aluminum, steel, tin, titanium, and brass, as well as ferrous metals like iron, silver, gold, and platinum.
One thing you should secure in metal jewelry making is having the right tools.
Anyone who wants to start making jewelry out of metal will need to buy a few basic tools first. No one can make jewelry out of metal and get good at it without the right tools.
Once all set, anyone can do and start a project! In this blog, I will walk you throughout your first metal pendant making experience.
Making Jewelry Pendant
Video Guide Reference: HOW TO MAKE A PENDANT + list of tools
Things You’ll Need:
- Copper, brass, sterling silver, or gold sheet metal
- Copper, brass, sterling silver or gold jump ring
- Soldering Stick and Block
- Tin snips
Step 1: Make a design that will look good when cut out of a flat sheet of metal.
Step 2: Use a strong piece of paper to draw the outline of your design. Use scissors to cut out the design. Use the template to trace the design onto the metal sheet.
Pro Tip: You can use a tape and stick the design to the metal sheet. Make sure to use a tape that sticks well as you will be tracing the outline together with the tape.
Step 3: Use scissors or tin snips or even a hacksaw if you can, to cut the pendant out of the metal sheet.
Guide: Tin snips might make it easier to cut through the metal, but scissors might be better for cutting out intricate designs.
Step 4: Remove the tape from the metal sheet. Smooth out the pendant’s rough or sharp edges and points with sandpaper.
Step 5: Hammer a nail through the top of the pendant to make a single hole. Get rid of the nail. Use sandpaper to smooth out both the inside and outside of the hole.
Step 6: Choose a jump ring made of the same type of metal as your pendant. To open the jump ring, you’ll need pliers. Put the jump ring through your pendant’s hole. Hook the jump ring onto your necklace and close it completely with pliers.
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