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Safe Journey Pendant Tutorial
Created by: Mollie Valente
To add texture, place the metal blank on the steel block and use the ball end of the hammer to make a lightly hammered surface.
After hammering, the metal blank will be work-hardened and will require annealing. Place the blank on a fire block and use a micro torch to anneal the piece. Cool to room temperature. Bonus: annealing also serves to heat patina the piece of metal.
To bend the bail, place the metal blank in the jaw of the bail-making pliers, centering over the rod. Gently grip the metal blank in the pliers' jaw while using your fingers to bend the metal blank so the oval tips come together and the blank's holes line up. Based on the thickness of my bone pendant, I shaped the metal blank over the smaller 3mm rod.
Designer Tips, Continued
To polish the metal, first, use the extra-fine polishing pad to remove the patina from the high points in the hammered design. Then follow up with the polishing cloth to shine.
Fit the bail onto the bone pendant and align the holes. The bail should fit snugly.
To rivet the bail, start by assembling the parts to be riveted in this order: rivet, 4mm heishi bead, insert rivet through bail/bone pendant hole, and 4mm heishi. The predrilled holes in the pendant and metal blank are slightly loose for the rivet, but the 4mm heishi beads are a good fit and help hold the rivet centered in place.
Once the parts to be riveted are assembled, check the length of the rivet. The rivet should extend out about 1-to-2mm. If the rivet is too short or too long, select a different rivet from the sample pack.