Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Glass slide tutorial-Gathering supplies part 1


If you gather your supplies first, you can easily make several pendants in no time. I usually piece and embellish my mini CQ inserts several at a time before I sit down to assemble the jewelry.
These items are what I use. You may use different items, but this is what I like to work with and have good results.
1-Flux which lets solder adhere to copper tape and jump rings or wire.

2-Lead free solder is safe to wear against skin and when burning.

3-I prefer 1/4" copper foil tape and I use two lengths. I foil around one side, then the next, overlapping tape. I press it down using a bone tool that is used to crease folds.
4-Small clamps are used as spare "hands" to hold piece upright while soldering.

5-Pliers are used to hold jump ring in place when soldering such a small area so you don't burn fingers.

6-Wire cutters to cut solder and any wire you may decorate with, like when you add beads or charms to finished piece.

7-I bought glass microscope slides from eBay, and my Vet's office. They are inexpensive, but they are heavy and postage costs more than the whole box. If you can buy them from Vet, do so. Make sure you buy the clear, not frosted. I also prefer the cleaned and ground edge slides.

8-Any soldering iron will do. I have three different sizes and they all work fine. I found a small one at a tag sale which is great for attaching the jump rings. It is good practice to buy a soldering gun holder....trust me :-0

Hints: I work on a clean large round pizza disc. (Your local pizza place will give you a few if you are a regular customer) Do not lay soldering iron on this pizza disc!!!!
I clean my glass before, during and after I work with a lint free paper towel and window cleaner. This helps the flux work better too.
Do not work when child or pet is in the room. One pull on the cord and OUCH!
I will continue this tutorial tomorrow showing process to a finished piece.

3 comments:

  1. Fascinating, and so creative! Thanks, Pat.....

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  2. Pat, thank you! I've so much been looking forward to your tutorial on these. I truly appreciate the time you're taking to work up the directions.

    And your work is so beautiful!

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  3. I'm so excited about your tutorial. I saw the article in CQ mag and I have the perfect project for my pendant. I'm looking forward to the other posts.

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