Bird on a Branch - Sawing a Simple Silver Pendant - a Jewelry Design class
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Bird on a Branch: Sawing a Simple Silver Pendant1:49
Attaching the chain2:14
About This Class
Pendants are such a lovely project to make, and make beautiful gifts too. In this class I'm going to show you how to use some simple sawing techniques to turn a small rectangle of silver into a gorgeous bird pendant.
There's no soldering involved in this pendant, we're just going to be concentrating on learning how to get the best out of your jeweller's saw. The class is perfect for beginners to jewellery making as sawing is one of the basic but most important skills needed for almost every silver jewelry making project, however those with previous experience will also find their skills tested and improved by the end of the class.
The equipment needed for the project is explained in the videos and also listed on a downloadable document. I have kept the equipment needed to a minimum, and all the equipment listed can be used for a variety of other jewellery making projects. Other downloadable class documents are templates for both the bird on a branch and tulip pendants shown in the videos and a booklet with hints and tips to help you with your sawing.
Who is this class for?
If you would love to make your own silver jewellery but haven't used a jeweller's saw much before (maybe not even picked one up before!) then this class is perfect for you. You will learn many basic techniques that you can go on to use in other projects, and I am here if you have any questions.
If you have already learnt some of the basics of jewellery making and silversmithing then this class is also great for you! I have included the same hints and tips I give my private and evening class students to help you to become more confident and accurate with your saw.
To learn some basic soldering techniques to use with your newly acquired sawing skills enrol on my other classes:
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What an interesting class! Thanks for sharing your silver-crafting expertise, Joanne.
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Another excellent class. Really easy to follow and the instructions are detailed. Lots of resources given ..equipment list etc, which is very useful. I love the tip about making your shape template into a sticker!! Genius! Need to get myself one of those sticker machines!!
Illustrator, Designer, Tutor
I have been making my own jewellery for as long as I can remember and left my first career as a school teacher to set up business as a jewellery designer and tutor nearly 10 years ago. I am self-taught and like many people I started with wire and beads. Learning how to solder, however, opened up a whole new world of jewellery making! There is something so magical about watching solder flow through a seam, joining two pieces of metal together smoothly.
I work from my studio on the south coast of the UK with 15 other wonderfully creative artists. I design and make jewellery for galleries across the UK, teach jewellery design evening classes and weekend workshops and also offer private tuition. My jewellery design projects have been published in both UK and US magazines and books.