By: Nancy LT Hamilton
Last updated: 4/10/20, 6/21/19, 11/25/17
There are many videos available on my YouTube Channel – currently almost 130 of them! (as of June 21, 2019). Check out my channel and spend a day, a week or a month learning something new!
- Adjustable Ring Shank Pattern
- Basic Bail Patterns
- DIY Bench Pin
- End Caps – Crimp style. Aka: Fold-over Crimps
- Fancy Bail Patterns
- Fold-over Bail Pattern
- Multi-Petaled Flower Pattern
- Split Card Setting – Elegant stone setting
- Pin Back or Brooch Back Patterns – Jewelry Making
- See my videos: Brooches and Pin Backs Part One and Brooches and Pin Backs Part Two.
- Saddle Ring Patterns – includes a video of how I designed the ring pattern and instructions
- Whale’s Tail Pendant Pattern
- Wire Clasp Patterns
Check out my Projects Page too!
Information on attaching and adjusting patterns
- I cut closely to the patterns to allow me to see the metal beneath the pattern. This allows for a more efficient use of the metal and creates less waste.
- I glue my patterns to the metal. First, I sand the area with 400g wet-dry sand paper. This removes dirt and also gives the glue a little “tooth” to hold onto. I either print my patterns on Avery Shipping Labels (full sheets) or use a glue stick.
- After sawing, I soak the pattern and metal in water (for the glue stick method) or with the Avery method, I try to pry off the label. If stuck, I soak off the paper and either use a green scrubby: Scotch Brite Heavy Duty Scouring Pads and soapy water or employ a little “Goo Gone” or “Oops“.
- I also like to glue two sheets of metal together to be able to get two pieces from one sawing session. I use superglue for this process. I sand the two sides that will be facing each other, with 400 or 600 grit wet-dry sandpaper first and then wipe off the metal dust. Adding a tooth to the metal helps the glue to hold. Warning: the glue sets FAST! You will probably only be able to place it once so, have good aim!
- To separate the sheets of metal, after sawing and sanding, I use my torch to burn off the super glue and to release the bond. There are NASTY FUMES produced so, you need great ventilation – if you can smell it, it’s not working!
- While the metal is glued together and after sawing, you can sand your edges so that the pieces come out exactly the same. Great for matching halves and also for cleaning up two sets of edges, one time! Booyah!
Another way to remove the superglue is to soak the pieces in Acetone. Once again, VENTILATION, gloves, masks, goggles!
- The patterns can be resized with a photo editing software app like Photoshop or Pixlr Editor. Please see my webpage: Photo Editing Software for some of the programs available – some even free!
- Also, if you’d like to make your own patterns, check out my video: Creating Patterns For Jewelry Design.
- Beginning Jewelry Projects: Making and Soldering a Pendant
- Beginning Jewelry Projects: Making and Soldering a Pearl Ring
- How to Make a Domed Ring: Parts One, Two and Three
- How to Make a Metal Cuff Bracelet: Parts One and Two
- How to Make a Ring: Parts One, Two and Three
- How to Make Chain: The Fly-Eye and Loop-in-loop Chains.
- Making a Solderless Bead: Part One and Part Two.
- Stone Setting: Creating a Frame Setting for Cabochons: Parts One, Two and Three