Sunday, May 27, 2012

Another Jewelry School Project

I left out one of the week's projects, perhaps the most detailed. We formed this bead-bar hook-&-eye clasp from large jump rings for the bars, with added small jump rings and granulation for decoration and reinforcement. From this project I learned the pros and cons of fusing and soldering. Too much heat causes the Argentium to roughen. On such an intricate piece, the roughness is impossible to completely sand and polish out. Soldering requires much less heat, so avoids the roughening issue. My tendency is to want to fuse everything and avoid soldering, but I finally realize that I must embrace both.

Argentium bead-bar hook-&-eye clasp