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Picture of Hand Fabricated Pendant With Stones

Here's how to make a simple hand fabricated pendant with stones. This is made from readily available flat stock, wire and tubing so no metal casting is necessary!

This can be made from a wide variety of metals and it doesn't require a lot of tools or experience to make.

There are notes on the photos so be sure to click on them!

Let's get started!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials

I covered in great detail most all of the tools that jewelers use in this instructable so please refer to that for learning about jewelry tools and how they are used. Soldering is covered in this instructable. Having said that this project doesn't require a laundry list of tools. If there are ever any questions about tools or procedures please don't hesitate to ask!

The torch I use is the Hoke brand that uses an Oxygen/Propane or Oxygen/natural gas mix. What is nice about this torch is you can get a lot of different size tips for it. I generally use one tiny tip for soldering chains and a general use larger tip for literally everything else. While this pendant is made from 14K white Gold you could just as easily make it from Sterling Silver (or even brass!) A couple of really good sources for jewelry metals, solder and stones are Rio Grande and Hoover & Strong.

If you are going to make this from Silver or brass you don't need a fancy torch- a standard hardware store propane torch will work just fine- in fact this is what I used for a few years when all I made was Silver jewelry.

Other than a torch you will need:

Rotary tool (Dremel or flex shaft tool)

Jeweler's saw (or cut off wheel for rotary tool)

Ring forming or half round pliers

Needle nose pliers

Solder (three grades- hard, medium and easy for the type of metal you are using. If you are using brass use Silver solder.)

Sandpaper- 600 and 1200 grit is fine.

Half round file

Polishing wheels

Stone setting burrs (straight burrs and hart burrs)

For metals you will need

3mm x 1.5mm flat stock (you can use another width/thickness)

Various sizes of round tubing

1mm to 1.5mm diameter round wire

For stones I used Diamond but Ruby, Sapphire (natural or synthetic) and Cubic Zirconia are all good choices as they can withstand the heat of soldering. If you want to use other stones for the three smaller stones that's OK- you can use anything you want as long as you set them after the largest stone is set in place (this will make sense later.) Another option is to skip the single large stone and use more smaller stones like those on the bottom of the pendant- than you can use any type of stone you want! I do recommend Diamond cut round stones as they are much easier to set.

calistoh4 months ago
This is beautiful! Where do you sell this?
Honus (author)  calistoh4 months ago
Pretty much everything I do is custom to a client's specification. Feel free to message me if you would like to have something made!
This is just beautiful! I can't believe you can just make this at home :)
Honus (author)  Penolopy Bulnick4 months ago
Thanks so much! Yep, you would be surprised what you can make with just a few basic tools! When I first started making jewelry I had just a few tools (propane torch, rotary tool, a few files, chasing hammer, leather mallet and maybe three sets of pliers) and I made everything in Silver in my one bedroom apartment. My workbench was an old low bookcase with a salvaged wood top screwed on. Wasn't fancy but it was enough to get me going and I made a LOT of jewelry with that setup over a couple of years. :)
imerrymary Honus4 months ago
This jewelry project is brilliant. I'm really inspired by how you were able to accomplish your first projects with a small scale 'studio' and minimal tools.
posox20004 months ago
Beautiful work! Your suggestion for substitution metal to silver is great, but you have to anneal it anyway. Silver is little bit hard to work as it one of the best heat conductors, but it just need little bit more practice.
Honus (author)  posox20004 months ago
Yep- silver is a fantastic heat conductor for sure! The biggest difference is that silver solder flows at a lower temp and the metal here is pretty thin so heat conduction isn't really a problem. If you had a large chunk of silver it could definitely be an issue. Most of the silver flat stock sold is half hard condition so it's pretty easy to form, especially compared to white gold.
kathynv4 months ago
Beautiful work, as always. Seeing your work definitely inspires me to try similar items, but mine will be silver and CZs.
Honus (author)  kathynv4 months ago
Thank you so much- glad you like it! If you get stuck or need help with your project just let me know!
jessyratfink4 months ago
I love seeing photos of your work! I keep telling myself I'd like to make jewelry, but maybe I should just watch you instead of investing in another hobby. :D
Honus (author)  jessyratfink4 months ago
That's exactly how I feel about your gardening! :)