I own several pieces of handmade jewelry that inspired me to learn a variety of techniques.
My husband gave me the soldered pendant on the far right for mother's day years ago, the other side has pictures of my boys, one of my favorite presents ever!
I wanted to learn how to make pendants like it. I took a class at a local shop and made several pendants.
Including from left to right, a picture of our bunko group box that I made in to pendants for the group one Christmas,
one of the stained glass pendants I made in my first class and a bee pendant that I wear all the time.
At any rate I have made a lot of Tiffany style stained glass pendants and practice really helps as with all techniques. This techniques uses lead-free solder and flux.
The following are my top tips that are essential in successfully making soldered art pendants.
- Make sure your glass is clean, I use rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth.
- Once you put the foil tape on your piece, be sure to burnish it enough to get a good seal, I love using popcicle sticks, nice and flexible
- Finally, use a 100 watt soldering iron with plenty of flux and lead-free solder.
- I use a 100 watt Weller with a 1/4 inch tip, pictured below. I also add more flux if the lead free solder is not flowing.