Progress on the silver projects

Ever since I got my tool and soldering kits for Christmas, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to bring home unfinished projects from class to work on at home. I’ve still got a few bits and pieces here and there that I need to get (like the soldering block and doing more researching on how I can set up my own pickle and etching tanks) before I can really fully do everything I want in the comfort of my own home.

I was still working on various projects and was at different stages with each: the ring and charms I managed to get etched and oxidised, but I still needed to get them polished. I had etched the pendants for the matching friendship/family necklace set, but I had to clean them and I still need to get them through the oxidising process.

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Documenting the progress of my sterling silver project: Final

With it being our final class last night, I was anxious to finish the remaining bits and bobs that needed done to my sterling silver cuff and earrings. I’m amazed by how far I’ve come with making my first sterling silver pieces of jewellery and just as a recap of where I started and as a final reveal of how my pieces turned out, I’m going to document the entire process here with all the photos I’ve taken along the way.

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My first sterling silver project: Part 4

Looking back, I can’t believe we’ve already gone through so many weeks of the jewellery making class and that there’s only one class left next week! The tutor, Nicola Turnbull, felt bad for giving me homework, but I assured her I wanted to get the pieces etched and finished this term. So when I finished with it at home, it was coated with a mix of cheap nail polish and ground, and after sitting in the etching tank last night for 45 minutes, here are the pieces with the ground cleaned off:

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My first sterling silver project: Part 2

Only two weeks more to go in the class and I’m already making some progress (and setbacks) on my sterling silver pieces!

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Working with silver has definitely been a learning curve for me, especially since painting on the ground to coat the sterling silver pieces from getting etched (or eaten away) by sulphuric acid in the etching tank is an important process. Not knowing how much to coat your silver with is also a learning curve too. Continue reading “My first sterling silver project: Part 2”

Documenting the progress of my first sterling silver project

Now we’re more than halfway through our 10-week silver jewellery making course and for the first time ever, I had my pieces of sterling silver to work with. It was so nerve wracking knowing how much I spent on the 3 bits that I was too worried about taking off the protective plastic coating on either side of my pieces until I realised I needed to work on it at some point during the 2-hour class last night, otherwise I’d be sitting around preparing my pieces next week to finally get it etched!

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