I found a great little template for making charms. It has bells, clubs, diamonds, hearts, stars and so many more shapes. I thought these would be perfect for creating some neat little sterling silver slider charms for leather or satin cord jewelry, so I set to work.
You can see a 2mm satin cord fits through the loop perfectly. I measured the leather cord and you can get a 2-3mm leather cord through the back as well.
Here are the steps I took to make these little beauties:
I scribed the design on 22 gauge sterling silver sheet with my pointy tool so I'd have a template to cut around using my jeweler's saw.
- I drilled a small hole near the outside of the design.
- I used my jeweler's saw and cut around the little bell template.
- I cut a 14 gauge sterling silver jump ring in half to use as the slider bail.
- I soldered the half jump ring to the back of the bell using hard solder to ensure it's durability.
- I used my needle files to smooth the edges from the jeweler's saw and to remove any excess solder from the back.
- I tumbled the charm in my rotary tumbler with stainless steel shot overnight or about 12 hours.
- And finally, when I pulled the charm from the tumbler it was a high shine given the burnishing of the steel shot, so I used a fine piece of steel wool to tone down a little of the shine and produced a matte finish on the charm.
It worked out so well, I just had to make more. I made about seven (7) charms that day and enjoyed every minute of it. Here are a couple of pictures of the results:
Next time I'll share the cute little sterling silver arrowhead charms I made with great texture and realism. Please leave a comment or share on your favorite social media platform.