Recycled Beauty

I’ve been relearning how to solder. I had taught myself the skill about 5 years ago, but then stopped using it. I just finished taking a class that made me feel secure in doing it again.

There are so many little pieces of sterling silver sheet and wire that I have collected through the years. And with the price of silver being what it is, I decided to see if I could make anything out of the scraps.

I had cut lots of circles from sterling sheet. Well, that left really odd shapes. So, I cut them up and laid them in an interesting pattern. I wanted to try fusing them together. Fusing is when you don’t use solder, but instead heat the silver until the metal pieces just begin to melt into each other. The trick is to stop before the whole piece melts into a nice little ball. Well, it worked! And was fun. I used another piece of the metal which had had a circle cut out of it and sawed a frame in which I could solder the fused shape. Then, I couldn’t resist adding just a few crystals. I think it made a really pretty pendant! Everyone who has looked at it has seen something different in it. What do you see?

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One Response to Recycled Beauty

  1. Janine April 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Greg wrote:
    “I don’t know if you intended a type of Rorschach test, but after careful observation this is what I see. I see the large cresent shape as the moon, the irregular shapes are galaxies and universes as we have seen thru telescopes, and the three stones are Orions belt. You have captured Gods creation as he would see it, endless as is he, however so small he could wear it as a pendant.”

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