Jewelry Resources – Deirdre & Company

Jewelry Resources

So how is jewelry made anyway?

There are lots of different techniques used to make jewelry from sterling silver, nickel silver and/or pewter.  My favorites are some of the most basic ones.  My designs and techniques are simple because I like the design and the idea behind the design to shine brightly in my work.  Highlighted here is a simple handcrafted jewelry technique.

1. It starts with a sheet of silver.  The sheet is usually pretty scratched, covered in finger prints, and giving no indication of how lovely it will be once it has been polished.

2.The first step is to draw the design on the metal.  Generally, I carefully cut the design out of a page in my sketch book and then draw an outline of the design on the metal with a Sharpie.


The jeweler’s saw is my favorite tool.  A jeweler’s saw is basically a hack saw that has been shrunk.  On their own, the blades are super thin, very flexible, and not at all sharp, but in a jeweler’s saw they are strong, fragile and very sharp.  They break really easily.


The jeweler’s saw is my favorite tool.  A jeweler’s saw is basically a hack saw that has been shrunk.  On their own, the blades are super thin, very flexible, and not at all sharp, but in a jeweler’s saw they are strong, fragile and very sharp.  They break really easily.



When you get good at sawing you can make the blade “sing”; you can hear that you are using the right pressure.  




The next step is to drill the hole for the bail (a bail is the jewelry name for the thing that connects the pendant to the chain).  I start by using an old ice pick to tap a mark into the metal where I want the hole.  I am sure there is some fancy and expensive jewelry tool for this task, but I love thinking of my sweet grandma each time I use her ice pick.



I have a fancy drill that looks and sounds (and essentially is) like the tool your dentist uses to clean and drill teeth.  It does many things, but it works admirably well for drilling holes.  It is operated by a foot pedal so that I can use one hand to hold the piece of metal and one hand to hold the drill.



So now my piece is pretty well formed, but it sure does not look very pretty.  The first step is to file away any sharp places and make sure that the lines look just like I want them to.  I use a metal file.  


So now it is ready to polish!


Polishing is messy and my least favorite part of jewelry making.  I wear gloves because the friction of the metal against the spinning wheel creates lots of heat.  There are lots of different kinds polishing wheels that create different finishes on the metal.  For this piece I have chosen a brushed finish.  It gives the piece a brushed, stainless steel look.  3M makes a great wheel for this look. 


Now the cross is starting to look pretty. I attach a bail through the hole that I drilled


The bail is closed with a pair of pliers.   I have about 20 on my jewelry desk or sitting somewhere in the studio where I last used them. I spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to find the right pliers.  The right pliers make the job easy; the wrong pliers make me very frustrated.


Then the piece goes on a chain.  My daughter took these photographs so I thought it only fair that she could choose the chain.  She picked an 18” steel ball chain.



The Photographer proudly models the necklace.

Bible Verses

EPHESIANS 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

EPHESIANS 6:10-11 A final word: Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.

JEREMIAH 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

JOHN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

JOHN 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 

JOHN 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." 

JOSHUA 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. 

ISAIAH 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

MARK 1:17 "Come, follow Me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."

MATTHEW 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

MATTHEW 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

MICAH 6:8 O people, the Lord has already told you what is good, and thisis what he requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

1 PETER 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

PHILIPPIANS 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he as done.  If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Chirst Jesus.

PROVERBS 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

PSALM 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

PSALM 51:10-12 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.

PSALM 91:11 For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways...

Psalm 139:13-16 For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.

REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

ROMANS 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus...

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