Questions tagged [jewelry]

Use this tag for questions about the creation, reparation, or upkeep of jewellery, including the selection of materials.

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How to fix a broken, very thin silver necklace

I am trying to fix a silver necklace. It is, however, too thin for me to just add a new link to to join the broken parts. Can it be welded together somehow, or is there some other preferred ...
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High temp castable refractory cement ok for molten silver?

Ive got a tub of Imperial brand Castable Refractory Cement and I'm wondering if it's able to withstand molten silver? Perhaps in casting jewelry or as a crusible. The online product details are as ...
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Attach ring shaped bead for use as toggle clasp

I'm making a necklace from ring shaped beads, which have two holes through which the beading wire runs diametrically (similar to these). While all other rings will be filled with other beads, I'd like ...
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Is there an odorless alternative to hemp cord?

I really like using hemp twine to make bracelets but I hate the smell. Is there a an odorless twine that is similar in look and feel?
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Reshaping ear climber back to fit larger ears

I have this pair of ear climbers - https://www.etsy.com/listing/257143616/tiny-dagger-stud-earrings-dagger-stud The piece here is slightly too short for my ears (the angled part just barely doesn't ...
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What is considered the most durable concrete for jewelry?

I'm trying to tap into some areas of concrete and I'm reaching to find out what might be considered to be the most durable concrete for small piece jewelry. Or would it be grout? Maybe a plaster that'...
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Issues in mixing brass with concrete?

I want to create a necklace made from concrete, but use a brass crimp tube for the chain hole. Is there anything chemically wrong with doing that? Will either the concrete or the brass corrode over ...
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Does a flex shaft need to be on a stand?

I am thinking of getting a flex shaft for jewelry and stone setting. I have seen most installs require a stand but every once in a while I'll see a video/pic where someone has forgone the stand and ...
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What else can be used as flux instead of borax for silver casting?

I am new to jewelry. I would like to try casting silver (pure) in so called green sand. In my research I see that it is recommended to use some sort of flux while melting silver. The most popular and ...
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Making a platinum chain [closed]

Thinking about making a platinum chain for myself, just for fun. I plan to do a simple cable chain design, without soldering/welding from a round platinum wire. Can someone share steps/tools? Thanks.
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What is the name for this type of chain?

I am making a necklace with a bunch of chains. I found a picture of a type of chain that I want to buy (on Etsy or at a craft store), but I don't know what to ask/search for. I would describe the ...
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What is a chopin chain?

I'm trying to select a chain for a pendant, and one of the options is "chopin" chain, vs a "rope" chain (which looks the same to me). What's the difference, where does this style of chain come from?
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Determine kind of jewelry

I have found my grandmother's brooch. She is dead now, so I can’t ask her about it. Can anybody determine what kind of jewelry this is? I'm also curious about whether this type of jewelry had or ...
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Differences between silver jewelry alloys

I have bought 2 necklaces from the same place. The necklace on the left is 3mm width, has a dark metal color similar to that of stainless steel and tarnishes in a matter of days on me. The necklase ...
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Buying a gem by exact shape

I'd like to make a piece of jewelry, in which I'll combine moissanite with rubies, to get a sort of transparent vs. red effect. I want the moisannite gem to be exactly the same shape and size as the ...
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Advice on how to make a pea pod style ring

I tried on these rings and I thought they were really beautiful. I was wondering how I could reproduce one - I want to do a silver course, so I would like to do one that includes this technique if it'...
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What is the cheap (copper color) metal underneath items plated to look like silver?

I've noticed that many metallic items that look silver-ish in color, attain that effect because of a thin surface coating. Whenever those items get scratched, a copper-colored metal is revealed to be ...
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Advice for making wired jewelry charm

I need to make the following symbol from crafting metal wire (5 mm) for a pendant. (It is a combination of zodiac symbols, for anyone who's curious.) How can I join the wire in between the places ...
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Looking for a springy thin wire to make earrings with

I'm looking for a very thin wire (slightly thicker than fuse wire), that is flexible, but still able to be twisted together. These earrings are for figurines, that are held together and pushed into a ...
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Polishing a scratched Ruby

A friend of mine has scratched her Ruby with another of the same gemstone. The scratch is little, and just on the surface. Is there any way to restore the polish? The ruby is smooth, similar to the ...
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Making earrings and a pendant with rubies. Materials to avoid for the prong fitting

I bought a few cheap pear-shaped synthetic rubies and want to craft a pendant and earrings. (They are real and I'm assuming as safe as CZ) (Image license: Public domain) What type of material should ...
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Affordable micromotor for jewelry

I'm trying to find a cheap micromotor or small dremel suitable for drilling, sanding and polishing jewelry and precious metals. I'm not sure if it's possible to find something usable for under/around ...
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protective paint for coins

I have an antique silver coin that I was planning on displaying on a ring, and I was wondering if there was a protective paint that I could put on the coin. The paint needs to be scratch resistant, ...
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Permanent Bracelet At Home

I would like to recreate a permanent bracelet at home for my girlfriend. I'm an engineer and can solder electronics. Would this be possible? Something like this - https://www.vogue.com/article/...
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Can nail polish be used on jewelry?

I have many jewelry sets in white, is it possible to color in my jewelry using nail polish - is nail polish effective on jewelry?
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Making a jewellery box - protection and lining

My wife has a lot of her jewellery in various small boxes, bags, etc, which makes it hard for her to find a particular item she wants to wear. I'd like to make her a nice box to keep it all organised, ...
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How to make chewable silicone beads?

I've been searching for an answer for this, and can't seem to find it! I've read a couple other posts about casting silicone, but no answer quite fits what I'm looking to do. I have an autistic child ...
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Durability concerns with damascus steel and rose gold ring

I'm looking into creating a Damascus steel ring, but using a rose gold and steel mix. Because of the blending of two metals, I'm curious whether or not there would be durability concerns? I have ...
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Do you need a buffer to get a shiny finish on jewelery?

Having a giant electrical machine just for buffing metal isn't convenient for me. If I could, I would prefer to just sand away. Is it possible to obtain as good of a finish as you would see with a ...
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How to protect a diamond ring so the stones don't fall out when it takes a knock

In the past I loved this silver ring I purchased in india, with a square top part and clustered with around 25 tiny diamonds. Unfortunately the odd diamond fell out after the ring took some knocks and ...
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What are the advantages of a lapel "coat stick" pin over other pin styles?

I want to make a "boutonniere" using silk flowers, and was planning to do this by attaching the flower heads to a pin backing. When I searched for "pin blanks" online, I was expecting to find ...
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Eliminating or mending breakage when working with jeweler's wax

I want to make a detailed pendant out of cast silver as a gift, but when doing detailed work, and the wax starts to get thin, it breaks. Is there a way to minimize breakage when working with this wax?...
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Tungsten Carbide Ring Sizing

This probably isnt even the proper area of StackExchange to ask this, but I looked at some of the questions and seemed like it would at least be passable. If this is not the correct area, please refer ...
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How can I convert a stick pin badge to a butterfly clasp?

I have a badge which uses a stick pin attachment piece like so: However, this is quite a tricky mechanism to use and align properly, so I would like to swap the stick pin for a butterfly clutch like ...
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Creating food-safe silicone beads

I'm looking to create molds for food-safe silicone beads (like the ones babies use for teething). From another question here, I guess I can't use silicone to make silicone beads. Is there another food-...
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What clasps are used for closing lockets?

I'm making a wooden locket, and I've got everything together, two halves hinges and everything, but I can't for the life of me find anything about what sort of clasp I should use to close the halves. ...
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What will permanently fill the hollow backs of alloy pendants?

I have two crescent shaped 3" alloy pendants with hollow backs (like a scooped out avocado). I want to fill the hollows, insert a two-pronged hairpin between them and attach the pendants back to back. ...
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How do I lengthen this ball chain with screw closure?

I'd like to be able to just find another screw closure just like the one on the necklace, screw it in, and then I would be fine, but I haven't been able to find one. This is a Gucci necklace, I would ...
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How to cast silicone beads? [closed]

I want to make custom, food-grade silicone beads that have a hole down the center for stringing them. When I google molding silicone or any variation on that, all the results are to make silicone ...
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What can I use to repair a beach glass pendant?

My wife got a small painted white beach-glass (also known as sea glass) pendant while we were travelling out east (Canada) years ago. I got a good size chip on it somehow recently. The chip is about ...
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At a minimum what would I need to repair a fracture in a gold pendant?

I have a dragon pendant that I am sure is 10k gold. I have had for at least 15 years. The tail of the dragon is exposed so it bends from time to time. Some time in the past a small fracture started. I ...
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How can I make this pendant vertical?

(See related question here.) I was given a necklace with a cute geode pendant. Love the color, but I don't like that the stone is horizontal instead of vertical. The chain connects to two embedded ...
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How can I make this necklace longer?

(See related question here.) I was given a necklace with a cute geode pendant. Love the color, but it doesn't fit me well -- I don't like the length it hangs at, and I don't like that the stone is ...
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How can I smoothly flatten select parts of a wire design?

I have seen some simple jewelry designs made out of wire, which I'd like to replicate. These designs are made from a single piece of wire bent into a variety of shapes. For portions of the design, ...
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How do I get my jewelry wire to be the right stiffness?

I would like to create wire and wire-wrapped jewelry. I know what gauge wire is appropriate for the size of the piece, but I keep buying wire that is too pliable and won't hold its shape like I would ...
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