Spider-Man “Strange Things” Brooch

“Practice makes perfect.” Three months of practice with my soldering iron and I have yet to perfect my glass jewelry projects (attaching jump rings to pendants is particularly tricky), but I’m getting a little better each time.

Spider-Man is a fave in our house — so, for my first brooch, I thought I would start with him.

Spider-Man scrapbook paper
70 Watt soldering station
Lead free silver plumbing solder
Tinning flux
1/4″ copper tape
1″ brooch bar pin
Microscope slides
Glass cutter
Buffing/relief block
Cotton swaps
Scissors
Ruler

Silver solder, once heated, flows like water and only adheres to copper materials with an adequate amount of tinning flux. Once I had the glass panes cut and the image trimmed and situated between them, I trimmed two pieces of copper tape, measuring 4″ and 1″.

I wrapped the larger piece of copper tape around the edges of the glass, leaving a smaller edge on the front of the brooch, to allow the full image (including the caption) to be displayed and to give additional stability for copper tape for the bar pin.

Once the tape was secured, I used the cotton swab to apply a thin amount of flux to each side. One the four sides of the frame were completed and cooled, I applied flux to the 1″ tape along the back and used the solder to connect the bar pin to the back of the brooch.

After the solder had cooled, I used the buffing block to smooth out and shine the rougher edges of the frame.

Not bad! This took me an hour to complete, after two hours of wrangling two molten stamped charms. I may have to make a few more of these. What do you guys think?

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~ by blackmoodcraft on March 28, 2016.

One Response to “Spider-Man “Strange Things” Brooch”

  1. very cool!

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