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Prong Basket Pendant by Kim St. Jean
by Judy Ellis, WireJewelry.com
Daily Wire Jewelry Tip July 31st, 2015
Highlights of the Free Prong Basket Pendant Lesson
I have to admit – since I have a pretty good collection of jewelry supplies (and access to more I can borrow) the thing I had to go digging for on this project was a gluestick! I love Kim’s tips for saving precious sterling silver sheet, even if they involve a few school supplies.
To make a Prong Basket Pendant , you’ll need:
- Pencil, paper, glue stick
- Metal shears
- Metal punch, such as 1.25mm hole punch
- Jeweler’s saw with 3/0 saw blades, beeswax, and V-slot bench pin
- Metal files: Kim used #2 barrette
- Bench block
- Bench top buffing machine with medium abrasive buffs
- Round bail making pliers, such as Wrap & Tap
- Soldering paste, hard & easy
- Soldering pick
- Solderite soldering board on a protective surface (rubber mat, or a cookie sheet)
- Annealing pan filled with pumice
- Pickling pot with Sparex solution
- Copper tongs
- Quench bowl & towel
- Torch (Kim uses Sterno Culinary head with propane can)
- Cross locking tweezers
- Soft brass brush
- Prong pusher or stone setting pliers
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- Commercial prong basket
- Faceted stone
- 24-gauge sterling silver metal sheet
- 2″ piece of sterling silver pattern wire
Here’s why I LOVE this project:
- Putting an element off-center brings more interest to the piece (and all around 1:05, we get to watch Kim sketch her design!)
- We’ve been to jeweler’s saw school with Kim in a prior video: at 4:19, Kim shows us piercing, which means we punch a hole through the metal sheet, then thread the sawblade through the sheet – and then saw out the component to make a space for the bail!
- This piece helps us learn the proper order of soldering: always solder your larger components first! Because the bail will take more heat to complete than the prong basket, we solder the bail first. Kim goes over this at 12:58. Then come over to 16:38 so Kim can explain paste solder compared to other kinds. She also explains the difference between hard, medium, and easy; when to use them & how they change the tools you choose to use – and how she keeps hers organized!
- You can sweat solder with paste, sure! Kim shows you how at 27:31. Just remember not to quench the basket til it’s joined!
- I enjoy Kim’s method of shining up a piece after pickling it: a wet German brass brush shines it up without scratching, in no time at all.
- At 34:30, Kim shows how to use prong-pushing pliers – I’ve seen these before but never in action!
Wouldn’t this be a fun way to set birthstone-colored CZs? Leave a comment and let me know how you’re going to use what you’ve learned: either the pattern wire bail, the prong basket setting, or something else you took away from this lesson.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with after watching this project!
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