Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Hello from Scotland...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Posts
    9

    Default Hello from Scotland...

    Hi, I've been lurking a bit on the site and thought it was about time I joined and tried my hand at proper jewellery.

    I'm on the coast and have found a nice supply of sea glass I want to do things with. Sadly it's not the gorgeous fat rounded pebble type, more the angular rough stuff but it just means you have to be a bit more imaginative with what you can do with it I guess. Also keen to look at shell work and other sea related projects. I've tried soft soldering round pieces of glass using copper tape and solder but I understand it's not good for use against the skin (although it has 3% silver in it). So I thought I'd try my hand at proper silver work - well that's the plan in the long term! I'm also doing a bit of wire wrapping of them with silver plated wire. That's going ok so far.

    Got myself a Dremel Versatorch and lots of sea glass... oh and I've got a craft market booked in three weeks! Although I do other crafts too so it's not like I have to have lots done of new jewellery done in that time!

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Jen

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Northeast UK
    Posts
    821

    Default

    Hi Jen and welcome to the forum.

    Loads of very knowledgeable folk on here, friendly and helpful all the way. I've also got a Versatorch as well as others and find it to be a really useful soldering tool on smaller items.

    Nick

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Central London
    Posts
    7,536

    Default

    Hi Jen,

    If you've got lots of rocky glass, you might like to look at what I did with bits of car windscreen. I just made square back plates and cut out the centres. Then I drilled holes for these staple shaped prongs placed strategically, drilled holes, sharpened the ends and pushed them through into the soldering block to hold them for soldering.

    It looks difficult but is actually remarkably easy. I made them different heights and they held the glass very firmly when pushed home. Welcome to the forum. Dennis.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails sg Safety Glass Ring.jpg   sg Safety Glass Ear Studs.jpg  

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    2,489

    Default

    Hi Jen welcome from me too. I'm in Fife so cold east coast ish 15 miles away

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Exeter, Devon
    Posts
    1,783

    Default

    When you said you drilled, did you drill the glass, I also live close to the beach at Exmouth and when we walk dogs there I find and keep bits of seaglass too, I have lots of different colours and tried to drill one and it split although I drilled it in a tub of water, tried an ordinary drill bit and then read that I should use a diamond one so changed over and ping. Any ideas where I am going wrong.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    669

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by radioactivesquirrel View Post
    Hi, I've been lurking a bit on the site and thought it was about time I joined and tried my hand at proper jewellery.
    Welcome to the forum Jen

    I have a versaflame and it succeeds for most things. For anything bigger, a couple of additions will help: a wire wig can be inverted and used as an insulator or 2) use firecement to make an igloo shaped micro furnace - I've even melted copper with that! (and the end of the versaflame!)

    Pat, I suspect you may be trying to drill the glass - it is just too brittle. With the diamond tip, you should exert little pressure and use low revs to let it grind its way through. I've drilled Obsidian this way (which is a volcanic glass).

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    2,489

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Patstone View Post
    When you said you drilled, did you drill the glass, I also live close to the beach at Exmouth and when we walk dogs there I find and keep bits of seaglass too, I have lots of different colours and tried to drill one and it split although I drilled it in a tub of water, tried an ordinary drill bit and then read that I should use a diamond one so changed over and ping. Any ideas where I am going wrong.
    Countryfile showed a sea glass jewellery maker last week and he was doing exactly as you under water. He made her drill from both sides rather than all the way through, maybe that's the answer

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Posts
    9

    Default

    Hi Pat,

    I didn't think I'd be the one giving advice as a complete novice ;-) but I got a set of 30 cheap (1mm I think) diamond drill bits from Amazon, they were about 7 is and have those in a normal bosch power drill. I put the glass in a metal top of a coffee canister on something non slip then fill with water just enough to cover the glass. The hardest bit is getting it to start off as it slides around the top of the glass. But even steady drilling seems to get it going. Some of the drill bits are duds but I've found enough that work to have made them worth the money. As soon as you get a milkiness forming in the water you know it's going through. I'd not bothered turning them over as it works fine just one sided (so far)!

    Jen

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Posts
    9

    Default

    Hi Dennis

    Thank you for the welcome. I love your windscreen pieces. So clever, you'd never guess that's what they were made from. I'm not up to making back plates yet but I might look for now for pre-made ones to try it out I'd love to make use of the glass in as many ways as I can. I'll go have a browse through your album now and see what other lovely things you do!

    Jen

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Posts
    9

    Default

    Thank to Nick and Caroline for the welcomes. It seems a great forum and the Cooksongold shop looks like you could spend alot of money in it! I've got some open jump rings on order which I'm going to attempt to solder closed. I guess that's somewhere to start. I'm looking at the silver paste as it looks the simplest to work with as a beginner and you don't need lots of other equipment. Great to know there's so many people here who can help!

    Thanks
    Jen

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •