How to make silver jewellery at home

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How to make silver jewellery at home
Sterling silver can be melted and poured at home to create stunning jewellery. (series object on white silver ring image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

Silver jewellery is elegant and versatile, accenting any outfit you could possibly wear, from casual to formal. Making your own silver jewellery at home allows you to create one-of-a-kind pieces that suit your own personal fashion needs. From decorative rings to elegant silver beaded earrings, bracelets and necklaces, making silver jewellery provides you with a creative hobby that results in wearable works of precious metal art.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Jewellery wire roll
  • Scissors
  • Earring hooks
  • Assorted silver beads
  • Jewellery findings (assorted)
  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • Cast iron frying pan
  • Silver wire roll (4 gauge)
  • Ring mould
  • Bowl of ice water

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Instructions

    Dangle earrings

  1. 1

    Snip two lengths of jewellery wire measuring 10 cm (4 inches) each from the roll.

  2. 2

    Tie one end of each length to the looped base of each earring hook.

  3. 3

    Slide a single sterling-silver charm bead down the length of each wire.

  4. 4

    Add a single coloured-glass bead of choice to the wire directly beneath the silver charms. Knot the wires directly beneath each bead. Secure the knot with a tiny dot of hot glue. You can add more beads, but make sure you leave enough free wire for a dangling effect. Snip the excess wire from the earrings and you're ready to adorn your ears with your handiwork.

    Cast silver ring

  1. 1

    Select a ring mould in the design of your choice in a size that fits the intended finger. Place a small cast-iron frying pan on the stove and set it to medium heat. Wait about five minutes for the stove to heat fully.

  2. 2

    Break or snip a 10 cm (4 inch) length of silver wire from the roll. Silver wire can be obtained from any craft or hobby supply shop.

  3. 3

    Drop the wire into the pan. Within seconds the silver wire will turn into a molten liquid.

  4. 4

    Pour the molten silver into your ring mould. Wait about two minutes.

  5. 5

    Drop the ring mould containing the hot metal into a bowl of ice water. Make sure to drop it carefully so as not to spill the silver. Let the mould sit in the ice water for about five minutes before retrieving it. The ring should pop out of the mould with ease.

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