First of all, this project started with a piece of very sentimental fashion jewellery.
The problem being; some of the nickel plating was wearing off as this is a’go-to’, piece that is worn frequently. Here’s a picture of the original with the brass colour showing through;
Sometimes fashion items can be re-plated but it will wear off again and re-plating can be quite costly! The best solution is to have the item made in silver. That way there’s no reason to re-plate because it’s already, well…silver.
Here’s how the custom cuff was created from some unwanted old silver jewellery;
First by melting the silver materials into an ingot (ingot is the term for a bar of metal) and then using a rolling mill to roll the ingot into fine wire. LOTS of wire.
The trickiest part of this project was figuring out the knot design and how best to start the assembly. As you can see it started with a loop and swoop.
Things were quite confusing for a while and craziness ensued! In the end, fine steel wire saved the day by holding everything in place for soldering.
After soldering, the ‘cuff’, shape was formed. It was then cleaned and polished to it’s natural silver colour.
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