I’ve been making jewelry on and off for several years. My favorite type of jewelry to make is Fused Fine Silver. Lately I’ve been drawn to the cut shapes I’ve been seeing on necklaces and rings – loving the riveted/hardware look. Fusion Beads here in Seattle offers a class for learning how to use a Jewelers saw and I just had to sign up!
I love working in silver, but with silver prices so high right now, I can’t justify “learning” with $80 materials, so I started with copper, which is one of the easiest metals to cut according to the instructor 😉
The instructor for the class was Samantha Slater – great instructor! Patient and made the learning process very easy. From learning how to get your jewelers saw ready, then lubricating the saw and metal to choosing designs, she just walked us through the techniques in a great easy to learn fashion.
I decided to make something for my mom since her birthday is coming up (gave it to her early so she doesn’t see this post and know what she’s getting!) I made a bird out of copper and used an oxidized copper chain for the necklace.
The only part that i *hated* of the cut piece is the sanding, it’s the most time consuming and messy. The cutting part is easy compared to the sanding/finishing!
My mom is already wearing it proudly 😉 and I have loads of ideas for more pieces!