|Written by geltdesigns|
The sun gives us light, allows plants and flowers to grow and has been a source of inspiration and awe for generations. This tutorial will explain how to make a sun necklace.
Things You'll Need: Rolling mill gold, sterling silver, copper or brass disk drill and bits, 14 lb paper cut into the shape of the sun, paper cutter (optional)
Step 1: Gather your jewelry making supplies in preparation for making your sun necklace. You will need a sun shaped paper punch, 14 lb paper, a metal disk, wire, a drill and a rolling mill.
Step 2: Use your paper punch to create a sun shaped piece of heavy paper to use to make your sun necklace.Step 1:
Step 3: Make or purchase a commercial disk in sterling silver, gold fill, gold, copper, brass or nickel silver. In our example, we used sterling silver for our sun necklace.
Step 4: Before fabricating your sun necklace, check your disk to be sure it is in good shape. If you made it using a jewelry saw and blades or a disc cutter then you will need to file the edges and sand away any tool marks resulting from fabrication. If you purchased your disk you will still need to check to be sure there are no tool marks, shop damage or damage caused by shipping.
Step 5: Place the paper sun on the disk.
Step 6: Cover the paper sun with another disk or place it on an index card and tape the sun and the disk so it is secured to the index card.
Step 7: Run the disk through the rolling mill. Be sure there is just enough pressure to create the impression of the sun but not so much as to distort the disk.
Step 8: Remove the disk from the rolling mill.
Step 9: Drill to holes in the disk. The hole in the top of the disk should be large enough to fit your hand made or commercial bail. The hole at the bottom should be the size needed for wire to slip through to create a beaded drop.
Step 10: Use a raw hide hammer or plastic mallet to form the disk imprinted with the sun to give depth and dimension to your sun necklace.
Step 11: Attach the bail.
Step 12: Slide the bead of your choosing onto a head pin and the attach beaded drop using a wire wrapping technique. In this case, we used a fluorite bead on a sterling silver head pin on our sun necklace.
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