Floral Domed Heart Pendant

Learn how to saw, texture, shape and solder silver sheet to create a sweet pendant.

About the Class

I love making domed hollow pendants! They are a great way of making larger pieces without the weight (or cost!) of a large amount of silver, and the open sides of the pendant create a built in bail for your chain. The pendant looks as though it is floating on the chain!

The Floral Domed Heart Pendant class is perfect for anyone who wants to improve their sawing and soldering skills, both essential for every jeweller. In addition to the step-by-step video instructions, the class also includes a booklet all about sawing hints and tips.

This class is part of a series teaching you all the basic but essential silversmithing skills that you need to create beautiful jewellery. You can choose to enrol on this class separately or on the Silversmithing for Beginners course bundle and access the full series of classes.

If you need any extra help as you work your way through the classes do join us over on The Jeweller's Bench Café group over on Facebook - the perfect place to ask for advice and to show off what you've been making.

You will need:

0.7mm or 0.8mm sterling silver sheet (approximately 20 gauge) large enough to saw out two identical shapes, plus a chain to complete the pendant.

Equipment: (all the jewellery making kit listed here can be used for many different projects)
* Soldering kit - see here for more details
* Sharpie
* Jeweller’s Saw
* Bench peg
* Needle files
* Decorative punch
* Hammer (old one suitable for hitting punch)
* Steel block
* Leather cushion (or folded tea towel)
* Doming block
* Wooden doming punch
* Masking tape
* Emery paper
* For polishing - a tumble polisher or elbow grease and a silver polishing cloth.

An explanation of all the tools and materials that you need is included in the videos, and a downloadable equipment and materials list is available with the class.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the same materials in stock that I have used in the class example, and the silver can be textured with a hammer if you don't have decorative punches – experiment with what you have available. Try different shapes too! Flowers make lovely domed pendants, with the petal edges forming the soldering joins.

41 minutes long, 15 lessons

Course Curriculum

Joanne Tinley

Tutor and Founder of The Jeweller's Bench

The Jeweller's Bench is run by Joanne Tinley. She has been making her own jewellery for as long as she can remember and left her first career as a school teacher to set up business as a  jewellery designer and tutor nearly 20 years ago. She is
self-taught and like many people started with wire and beads. Learning how to solder, however, opened up a whole new world of jewellery making,  one that she is keen to share!

"Another great class, great tip for using masking tape to make a little  sanding handle thank you. Clear step by step instructions. Thank you"
Jennie G.
"great tutorial with another top tip"
Dawn G.
"Very well put together."
Teri H.

Legal Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to show safe working practices and to discuss health and safety aspects of jewellery making, but in the end I cannot take responsibility for how the tutorial information is used and how safely you work. Take the effort to set up your work area safely right from the start!
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