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Channel Jewelry with 17 individual stones, Leipidolite, Gaspete, Labrodorite, Rhodocrosite, Basket is Jasper

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Channel Jewelry is a very labor intensive skill. Starting with silver wire that is 1/8 inch high and 24 gauge, a design is made and soldered together.

Then this design is soldered onto a piece of sheet silver (22 gauge). Then the work begins....each "channel" must then be fitted with a stone. That's what takes the most time, if the stone is too big - no problem, but if it is too small for the channel or "hole" then another piece of stone needs to be cut down to size to fit. This is the step you will see the Tulip - Rhodocrosite and Malachite.

After all the stones are cut and fit well, then each is 2-part -epoxied into place. The channel piece is then left to sit and cure for 24 hours, even if 5 minute epoxy is used.

The next step is to grind the stones down to the level of the silver design wire. Jasper is hard, so 60 grit is needed, obsidian is soft so starting with 220 or 320 grit usually works for the first grinding step. Grind till the silver "spreads" the silver wire will spread or get wider from grinding - this is good.

I usually finish with 600 or 1200 grit on a piece depending on the stones used.
At present I'm working on a pink iris and a peacock.

Sometime between soldering the design onto the sheet silver and epoxying the stones into the piece, it is necessary to cut, file, and polish the outside edges. This step will sometimes take a jewelers saw, rough files, needle files, sandpaper from 320 to 4000. The back of the piece is polished with sandpaper also usually starting with 1500 grit on up to 4000, then rouge to bring up to a mirror finish. The Holly Leaves are finished, it took over a year for me to find just the right color for the berries (they are jasper beads).

I haven't sold any of my channel pieces - if you read the above paragraphs, you will understand.

Also, Silver has gone up in price from $9 to $13 to $18 to $35 and down again!
Channel Jewelry is a very labor intensive skill. Starting with silver wire that is 1/8 inch high and 24 gauge, a design is made and soldered together.

Then this design is soldered onto a piece of sheet silver (22 gauge). Then the work begins....each "channel" must then be fitted with a stone. That's what takes the most time, if the stone is too big - no problem, but if it is too small for the channel or "hole" then another piece of stone needs to be cut down to size to fit. This is the step you will see the Tulip - Rhodocrosite and Malachite.

After all the stones are cut and fit well, then each is 2-part -epoxied into place. The channel piece is then left to sit and cure for 24 hours, even if 5 minute epoxy is used.

The next step is to grind the stones down to the level of the silver design wire. Jasper is hard, so 60 grit is needed, obsidian is soft so starting with 220 or 320 grit usually works for the first grinding step. Grind till the silver "spreads" the silver wire will spread or get wider from grinding - this is good.

I usually finish with 600 or 1200 grit on a piece depending on the stones used.
At present I'm working on a pink iris and a peacock.

Sometime between soldering the design onto the sheet silver and epoxying the stones into the piece, it is necessary to cut, file, and polish the outside edges. This step will sometimes take a jewelers saw, rough files, needle files, sandpaper from 320 to 4000. The back of the piece is polished with sandpaper also usually starting with 1500 grit on up to 4000, then rouge to bring up to a mirror finish. The Holly Leaves are finished, it took over a year for me to find just the right color for the berries (they are jasper beads).

I haven't sold any of my channel pieces - if you read the above paragraphs, you will understand.

Also, Silver has gone up in price from $9 to $13 to $18 to $35 and down again!

Reviews

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(36)
Reviewed by jaymiceli
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 17, 2017
Very pretty unusual stone-I have purchase many items from this shop-all have been beautiful!
Rockin Triangular Pridy Plume with Druzy in Silver

Reviewed by handee42
5 out of 5 stars
Sep 13, 2016
I am so glad I found Kathy's Kreations. The bracelet she made for me was perfect. It matches my other bracelets perfectly. She definitely is a 5 star crafter.
CUSTOM ORDER Gold Filled Wire Bracelet with Turquoise Beads

Reviewed by saraevans315
5 out of 5 stars
Jul 28, 2015
Lovely Pendant. Nice Stone, I enjoy waring it, just need to find the right chain now!
Labradorite with Amazing Colors in Sterling Silver

Reviewed by gardenstategirl
5 out of 5 stars
Jul 10, 2015
Hi, Kathy - This is a lovely ocean jasper stone in a very pretty setting. I'm very happy to add it to my collection of ocean jasper jewelry (every piece is so different and so totally amazing!). Thank you for the bonus coupon on my next purchase. :) Cheryl
Ocean Jasper Green and Rose color Wrapped in Sterling Silver

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Channel Jewelry with 17 individual stones, Leipidolite, Gaspete, Labrodorite, Rhodocrosite, Basket is Jasper

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: silver sheet, silver wire, rhodocrosite, leipidolite, gaspete, biggs jasper, labradorite, sweat n love, solder, 2part epoxy
  • Feedback: 36 reviews
  • Favorited by: 11 people
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