Jewelry blanks will assist you in making eye-catching pieces of jewelry. Depending on the piece purchased you can either make a template or purchase glass molds that can be filled with frit and will fit the opening.
Delphi has come out with some spectacular silver plated bracelets and silver brushed satin pendant blanks. Sold unfinished, you just add your fused glass artwork into the piece and it is ready to wear. The Silver Brushed Satin Pendant Setting and the Silver Bracelet Setting both have a one inch inlay, while the Silver Bracelet Setting has an oval inlay. These pieces are sterling silver plated over brass and are tarnish resistant.
If purchasing the round one inch inlay pieces, you can actually purchase a round casting mold from Delphi glass that will exactly fit the two pieces. Search for round casting mold #80610. These molds can be filled with frit to the exact size you need for your finished piece. If using a solid piece of glass, make a pattern for the piece by tracing around the edge of the blank.
Simply trace around the shape with pencil and paper. This can also be done with a white deco marker to make a pattern on clear glass. Simply place the clear glass on top of the jewelry blank and trace around the edge of the opening.
Materials:Jewelry BlankFusing glassGlass TemplatePermanent pen or White Deco Marker Glass cleaner of choiceChap Stick or BeeswaxGlass sawFiber PaperKilnPrepared kiln shelfProtective glassesTwo part Epoxy/E6000/Goop GluePin Back
1. Achieve your pattern by either using the glass template, or tracing around the design with a permanent pen or white deco marker.
3. Park the pattern on the desired glass tint.
4. Trace around the pattern with either a permanent pen or white deco marker.
5. Liberally cover the traced design with beeswax or chapstick.
6. Park the traced glass on a glass saw and cut the design or if the piece is small use a glass grinder. Cut close to drawing so that the image is accurate.
7. Park the recently cut pieces in a bowl of fresh water while cutting any other glass. This process will make for an easier cleaning of the glass.
8. Cleanse every piece of glass with dish soap, a scratch pad and a little water.
9. Dry the articles using a lint free wipe.
10. Decorate as desired.
11. Whilst grasping each of the items by the side, assemble the items on a ready kiln ledge.
12. Position the kiln shelf inside the unit.
13. Close up the lid or door and switch on the unit.
14. Fuse glass to a full fusing temperature.
15. Take the project down to the correct annealing temperature and anneal.
16. Turn off the unit.
17. Allow the item to cool down on its own.
18. As soon as the pyrometer drops beneath 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven can be opened.
Now that the piece has finished firing, attach it to the blank with glue, or you could continue decorating by adding an attractive glass decal. This will require that you fuse the piece again.
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