What to do with unworn gold jewellery?

This week I’m melting down a customers gold to transform it into a new piece of jewellery. Many people disregard this option as they think they don’t have enough gold jewellery to recycle. But how many broken chains and odd earrings do you have that will never be worn again? This is a perfect way to de-clutter your jewellery box and also give yourself a guilt free gift of jewellery!

Weighing Metal

 

Here are some photos of the melting and re modelling process. I begin my weighing the customers gold, making sure I have enough to make the requested design. I’m turning this gold into charms for a bracelet.

Melting Gold

For these charms I need a length of D shaped wire. This is done by rolling the gold through my trusty rolling mill to form a length of wire. It’s a slow process with the gold needing to be annealed ( heated to soften) after every few rolls.

Rolling Gold

Once the gold is at the correct thickness I cut it into the required lengths and start rounding it up. This also has to be done in stages and annealed as the gold wire is very thick for the size of the charm.

Making Gold Charm

I will post pictures of the finished charms next week…

 

Making Silver Earrings Part 2

Soldering silver earrrings

Last week I wrote about a pair of silver earrings I was making for myself.

Now that the wires are in place it’s time to start soldering. I’ve filed the joint in such a way that they will fit together perfectly and won’t move during the soldering. Once I have them soldered, I leave them to cool and then clean them in the acid.

Drawing down round silver wire using draw plate and tongs

I’ve cut two lengths of .7mm round silver wire for the ear wire sections.

Soldering Wires on to silver earrings

When I have the wires soldered on I can start filing the edges. I’ve decided to file the step between the silver earring and ear wire so it’s looks seamless. Once I have that done they are ready to be polished and of course worn!

Filing Silver Earrings

Ta- dah!

 

Filing Silver Earrings

Silver earrings

 

 

Making Silver Earrings

Today I’ve been working on a pair of silver hoop style earrings. I could lie and say they are for a customer but the truth is I’ve decided to give myself a little Friday treat!  This isn’t a regular occurrence…honestly!

I begin this job just like I would for any customer with sketching. I had a few ideas of what I wanted but there’s nothing like seeing it on paper to help me make my mind up.

Sketching Silver Earrings

I’ve decided to go with the middle design and alter the curve as I’m making them if necessary.

I begin by getting the silver wire the correct thickness. This just requires a few runs through my roller.

Reducing size of silver wire using rolling mill

Then I cut the lengths of wire and begin curving. I have my lovely glittery pink half round pliers for this job. I usually wouldn’t use a pliers for this job but the silver has been well annealed this pliers has extra special soft curves so it won’t mark my pretty earrings.

Making Silver Earrings

Adjusting the curve of silver earrings

Then I need to decide how much of a curve I want before I begin soldering. I just tape the wires together and see what looks best on me!

Checking curve of silver earrings

Once I’ve decided on the depth of the curve I can start soldering the wires together.

Soldering Silver Earrings

Well I had better get back to ‘real’ customers jobs…will post the finished product next week.

Have a good weekend.