2010-03-26

Making a Sterling Silver Kitty Brooch....

So here is how you can make your own kitty brooch....

First of all you take a sheet of silver (or other metal of your choice) and you draw the kittyThen you take your saw, place a sawing blade and saw around the figure taking care you trace the perimeter

Then you take the kitty and with the dremel you trace the details for you kitty

Then you file the around the piece to make the edges smooth.


And you have something that looks like this!
Then you cut about 5 cm (that may vary depending on the size of the brooch) of sterling silver
wire, you anodized it and quench it in water and with a round plier make 3 loops.With the file make the other of the wire pointy an a needle. Then cut another piece of wire less than 1cm to make the hoop for the brooch.


Make markings on the kitty to see where you will solder the pin and hoop. Take in consideration the weight of the piece and how you want it to stand.
Then put some borax on the point where you will put the solder, heat, then place the solder. Heat until the solder melts and attach the pin and hoop.


Quench it in flux, remove from flux using a wooden spoon or plastic spoon and rinse it thoroughly with water.Using the dremel with the metal brush, brush the piece until its clean.


Using a scotch brite piece brush the piece to give it a nice matte finish....and you are ready!!!!

Note from the author....its not easy shooting your self while soldering piece so that's why some steps were not photographed :)

Always wear protective gear when using the dremel of flex shaft.

12 comments:

LaCravateDuChien said...

Beautiful tutorial!!!! Bravo re Naf!

Maria said...

Wonderful tutorial and the cat is so cute!
Very interesting!!!

Vanti Designs said...

Love your work!! thank you for this great tutorial!!

donauluft said...

Beautiful! I always love to see working processes! Sometimes I make one too, the problem is to take the photos, I find...

Nafsika said...

@Dona yes...the process of taking photos is the hardest part i agree!

Pavlos said...

Bravo Naf!!!

Mami Made It said...

Great tutorial! Your cat is lovely!

Rosemary said...

Fantastic :)) Lovely brooch! Thanks for sharing

Erganiweaving said...

Very nice tutorial!

Angel.Pearls said...

Thank you for sharing! It's a beautiful brooch, and I would love to try this technique...Love//Eva Sweden

Atelier Conti said...

Such an adorable pin...your tutorial makes me want to become a jeweler! Thanks for posting it. Lovely work.

anapina said...

I loved to get to know the whole process and I'd love to learn all those jewelry techniques... but it's a long way to go!

Thanks for sharing :)