Making Recycled Zodiac Necklaces

Making Recycled Zodiac Necklaces

I have been thinking about ways to use my recycled scrap silver and decided to make a series of zodiac nugget necklaces. These personalized zodiac necklaces make meaningful great gifts for friends, bridesmaids or family.  Each necklace uses recycled silver which is melted down and stamped. To begin I sorted through my scraps bucket and measured out 12 piles of sterling silver, about 60 grams each. 

recycled silver scrap     recycled silver scrap piles
Once the scrap was sorted, I started melting down each pile into small pebble sized balls. To melt the silver, I added a bit of flux and used my solder pick to bring any loose pieces together. Once the silver melted into a ball, I held my torch there a bit longer to ensure the pieces were fully congealed.
melting sterling silver with torch     sterling silver pebbles, silver nuggets
Next, I hammered the pebbles to form them into organic shaped circles, annealing them when necessary and then hammering them again. I continued this process until I was happy with their shape, size and thickness. 
hammering silver, forming silver, hammer silver     silver nuggets, melting silver, annealing silver
After they were formed, I used my Zodiac stamps and stamped each one. I made sure that the impression was deep enough to be seen with or without a black patina. 
stamped zodiac nuggets    zodiac silver pebbles
Once they were stamped with the zodiac symbol, I marked out where I wanted the jump ring bail to go, and then continued to shape the spot by sawing, sanding and filling down a small crevice for the jump ring. 
marking out bail with sharpie, zodiac pebble, zodiac nugget    filling to make clean joint    
Next, I used my third-hand tweezers to position the jump ring so it had a clean and flush fit to the zodiac pebbles. I soldered the jump ring on and pickled each one clean. 
soldering on jump ring, zodiac necklace
The last step was the tumble, polish, and add a black patina to the stamped area. This is how they turned out - I was quite happy with them! And I think they will make great personalized gifts for friends and family, I might even keep a taurus pendant for myself!
zodiac pendant, zodiac necklace, zodiac jewelry, astrology jewelry
 
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