Soldered Collage Charm/Pendant using Glass Slides

Posted on Fri, 25 Jan 2008 5:59 AM
About 25 minutes long
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This is the podcast I get asked to make more than any other. I hear, "when are you going to show us how to make those glass charms and pendants that you make?" I think I have been holding out because I sell these quite a bit at local shows and maybe in a subconscious way I didn't want to "share." Well, no more. I am sticking to my motto that everyone benefits when they share information and ideas. So, here it is. Gather these supplies and follow along:

  • sheet of glass to cover workspace
  • fan
  • safety glass
  • lead-free solder
  • liquid flux
  • copper foil tape
  • mini clamps
  • solder iron, stand, and cleaning sponge
  • paper and photos to creat mini collage
  • adhesive
  • x-acto knife
  • scissors
  • pliers
  • sanding block
  • glass microscope slides
  • bone folder
  • cleaning wipes or wash cloth
  • jump ring
  • glass cutter

So, for those of you who have bought the books on how to make soldered charms but are still to unsure about how to get started, now is the time. Before you know it you will have a completed project that you will be proud of!

It may be difficult to find all of these items in one location, but a good place to start is at Simply Swank(formerly known as Scrapalatte.) I have also found supplies at Home Depot and others online. Initially, you may be able to get away without using a rheostat, but if you want to make more than a few items, then I highly suggest you buy one. Again, look online or you may be able to purchase one from a stained glass supply store. I have heard that Volcano Arts is a good place to order these types of things from, although I haven't ordered from them. Finally, a good glass cutter is a must if you intend on making several of these charms. The cheap one from the hardware store will work for a bit, but I highly recommend visiting a stained glass supply store or shop online for a nice cutter and then you will also need cutting oil. I know it seems like a lot of stuff but if you think you may enjoy making these types of things, then I don't think you will regret your investment in tools and supplies. However, if you love the project samples and want one, but don't think you will ever make one, please check out my Etsy shop or visit my custom order page .

**Congratulations to Elsie McElroy for being the winner for the prize from the prize gallery. Please send me an email with the prize you would like and I will send it off. If you would like to be entered in the drawing, simply leave a comment for today's show.**

Interested in the book? Please check out my earlier post about Bernie Berlin (it's not too late to enter the drawing for that post) as well as the other post about the challenge some of us are working on (you are welcome to play too!)