Get Creative With Pre-Made Jewelry Components!

Get inspired to look at findings in a whole new way! Paulette Werger ran a workshop "Creative uses for Premade Components" and you'll love some of the ideas she and her students came up with.

This past March, Metalwerx got together with artist-instructor, Paulette Werger to design a workshop that focused on methods for modifying and integrating pre-made components into jewelry in exciting ways. This not only saves you time, but also keeps your work looking unique.  We put together a handful of the inspiring design ideas covered in that class so you can use to take your work to a new level and discover inventive ways to use off-the-rack elements in your jewelry!

Tips and creative uses for a few Halstead Pre-Made Components:

Item #2200 Bead Chain

Cut up that Bead Chain!

Halstead Item #2200
Item #2200

 

  1. Cut up bead chain and solder in your own fused and forged custom links or elements!
  2. Add a segment of bead chain to an earring as a decorative element like our student, Stephanie Ellis did!

 

From left to right: Bead Chain from Paulette's class demonstration; Soldering the bead chain; Earrings by Stephanie Ellis featuring bead chain element
From left to right: Bead Chain from Paulette’s class demonstration; Soldering the bead chain; Earrings by Stephanie Ellis featuring bead chain element

Item # 21606EF Drawn cable chain 

Add elements onto, into, and through a Drawn Cable Chain!

Halstead Item #21606EF
Item #21606EF
  1. Ball up wires through each link in a chain to add dimension and movement! To do this: first, ball up one end of a short piece of wire. Feed the straight un-balled end of the wire through one of the links in a cable chain (the ball on the other end should be big enough so it does not fall through), and then ball up the other end!  Add a bunch of these for a dramatic effect!  NOTE: It’s easiest to ball up a bunch of wires at the same time. (Image: Necklace by student, Sarah Demers. Rest are class demos)
  2. Pre-drilled discs can be hung from a chain with a jump ring so they dangle and move.

 

Left: Demos from Paulette's class; Far right: Necklace by student Sarah Demers
Left: Demos from Paulette’s class; Far right: Necklace by student Sarah Demers

A few (of the many) pre-made components you can alter:

Halstead Item #SQ197
Item #SQ197
Halstead Item #SL2386
Item #SL2386
  • Halstead Item #SUL223
    Item #SUL223

    Pre-made parts can be altered – hammer, keum boo, bend, and more!

    1. Keum boo on part of a premade component while it’s flat (such as a leaf or disc) (Image: Disc earrings by student, Cheryl Curran).
    2. Try using a bending brake or vise to fold a disc in half.
    3. Use the cross peen end of a riveting hammer to add texture and/or ruffle the end of a leaf shape!

Top left: Keum boo earrings by student Cheryl Curran; Top right: textured washers; Bottom left: Textured and fold-formed leaves; Bottom right: Washers linked together
Top left: Keum boo earrings by student Cheryl Curran; Top right: textured washers; Bottom left: Textured and fold-formed leaves; Bottom right: Washers linked together

Item # SL129 Moon Disc  

Make a link from something unexpected – like this moon disc!

Halstead Item #SL129
Item #SL129
  1. Form (dap) and solder the ends of this moon disc together to create links in a chain! The entire chain could be made out of altered discs or just a few links as the focal point of a necklace as in this demo piece by Paulette.

Paulette's demonstration on turning a moon shaped disc into a focal point for a necklace.
Paulette’s demonstration on turning a moon shaped disc into a focal point for a necklace.

Discs and Bars with or without holes

Halstead Item #SL2465
Item #SL2465
Halstead Item #S1297
Item #S1297
Item #SUL200
Item #SUL200
  • Connect links in a new way!
    1. Instead of connecting pre-drilled discs or bars to a commercial chain, here’s a way to use balled up wire as the chain or connection! Some links have two holes and some have one in these pieces
  • Add a disc or bar to tubing as a decorative element, transforming that tube into a cool bead!
    1. Solder a disc, bar, or other part onto a piece of cut up tubing. These can be strung onto a necklace or used in an earring, as shown in Paulette’s demo pieces.
Bar findings take center stage in these demo designs from Paulette's class.
Bar findings take center stage in these demo designs from Paulette’s class.
Various sizes of disc and bar blanks ad fun touches to these demo designs.
Various sizes of disc and bar blanks ad fun touches to these demo designs.

Interested in getting hands on at the Metalwerx studio with Paulette? Join her for her upcoming workshop The Chain Gang: Unique Chains and Links on March 8 – 10, 2019.

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Find more inspiration for pre-made findings:

Inspired By Findings: Guest Blog By Katie Hacker

Eva Sherman’s Spectacular Soldered Rings

Riveting Techniques From Gwen Youngblood

 

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