Opal & Intarsia Pendant

Learn the intarsia technique with stunning end results.

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Uncover fundamental jewelry making techniques with these detailed project directions. Advance your lapidary, metalsmithing, soldering, and finishing skills with this pendant project. Once you master the technique, make modifications for your own personal jewelry designs.
Required Materials:
  • Slabbed lapidary materials:
    • 3.5mm to 5mm thick. I used rhodochrosite about 25mm x 38mm, malachite about 25mm x 38mm, and four strips of basinite each about 5mm wide x 50mm long
    • Opal
    • Cyanoacrylate (CA) glue ("superglue")
    • 2 part epoxy
    • Sterling sheet
    • Silver solder: hard and medium
    • Fine silver bezel wire
    • Gold bezel wire
    • 16 gauge round sterling wire
    • Witeout brand correction fluid
    • LAPIDARY : Flat lap with assortment of disks (180 grit through polishing), trim saw HAND: Jeweler's saw, calipers, bezel pusher, burnisher
    • SOLDERING: Torch and tips, flux, soldering block, pickle FINISHING: Assortment of files and sanding sticks
    • OPTI ONAL: Flex shaft with assortment of grinding, sanding and polishing attachments, polishing wheel

    Technique: Metalsmithing
    Originally Published: Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist July 2013

SKU: EP9177

Author/Speaker/Editor: Todd Welti

File Type: PDF

Format: eProject