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A while ago, I made triforce necklaces. After that little venture into jewelry-making, I got cocky. I says to myself, "HEY, I'm awesome! I can make all the jewelries I want, and I want to make glass pane pendants." So I set out to do so.

Tonight I embarked on an epic jewelry-making journey, one full of fail and triumph and ultimately more frustration than I would have liked. I wanted to make little glass pendants with flowers and the like between the panes, and here's how it went down:
 
1 - Get together all the tiny, flatten-able flowers and greenery you want to use, and flatten the crap out of them until they surrender and dry

2 - Score and cut glass pieces. Realize you suck immensely at this. Ask your pops for help. Discover that your glass scorer was shot, then magically find a new functional one! You're on top of the world!

3 - Sloppily lay out all your flowers, and clean all of the glass really neurotically well since it will be sammiched together for all of eternity.

4 - Use copper tape to hold the panes together.

5 - Admire all eight of your beautiful necklaces to be! Don't worry, we'll be destroying a good few of them in the next step!

5.5 - Although not pictured, here's where you start soldering! Take your lead-free solder, flux, and soldering iron and proceed to DESTROY THREE OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS. DO THIS BECAUSE YOU SUCK AND HAVE NEVER ACTUALLY DONE ANY OF THIS BEFORE, AND ADDING HEAT TO YOUR EXPERIMENT WREAKS HAVOC AND DESTRUCTION.

6 - Pull yourself together, and wearily congratulate yourself for not failing entirely and being left with five pendants. Thank every deity known to man. Lastly, file a little and clean everything up.
And the final products, sported by myself and sported by some bones:
 
 
 
Thanks for looking and reading! Happy holidays and happy crafting, everyone :)

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wumples
Dec. 25th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
This is lovely! Thanks for sharing, happy holidays!
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 25th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
mesmerize77
Dec. 25th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
The pendants turned out beautifully!
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 25th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
aw thank you!
nightkitten
Dec. 25th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
the sacrifices were totally worth it... those look completely amazing!
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 25th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
I was muttering curses but you're right, it was worth it! Thanks :)
coldintheinside
Dec. 25th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
These are soooo pretty! (:
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 25th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Glad you like em!
genagirl
Dec. 25th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
LOL! I bow to your amazingness. I tried soldering and just gave up after realizing I totally suck and will never master it. Yours are beautiful.
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 25th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
DON'T GIVE UP!I mean, my soldering handiwork would be embarrassing if it wasn't my first try...the copper's showing through in lots of parts, and there are lumps pretty much everywhere. I can surprisingly hold my own with silver and a blowtorch, but DANG this solder-iron business is tricky. It heats all weird, doesn't it?!

That being said, I'd like to think the soldering-impaired like us can rise above and master it eventually! I'm glad you think these are beautiful, it gives me some confidence back haha :)
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o_felix_culpa
Dec. 25th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
yayyy thank you :D
kinkyuncle
Dec. 25th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
These are lovely, and your commentary was really entertaining :)
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 25th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
I'm glad you appreciate my commentating haha :D
lobotomysoup
Dec. 25th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
Those are really neat!
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 25th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
why thank you!
sky_mapping
Dec. 25th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
beautiful!
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 26th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
thanks!
farewelllondon
Dec. 25th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
DO WANT!

Do you have an Etsy store?
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 26th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Glad you like them! But nah I don't, I just made them for funsies!

Just a warning though, this community doesn't allow references to selling/trading/etc. so even if I did have an Etsy I teeeeechnically wouldn't be allowed to tell you haha :)
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nancicles
Dec. 25th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
So pretty! Fantastic commentary, too!
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 26th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Yay thank you!
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o_felix_culpa
Dec. 26th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I recommend trying it, it's sure nice when it works haha.
novicejeweller
Dec. 25th, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
They're absolutely amazing. I'm intrigued by your use of a solerding iron (I have to admit reading the entire post thinking how the HELL did she she soldier without breaking the glass with heat - assuming a torch). Was it just ordinary electronics solder you used? How sturdy does the joint seem? I am very tempted to try this.
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 26th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
I thought the same thing when I first saw someone make one! I figured it was a torch and was totally confused. Then I learned that this is essentially the same technique as making stained glass patterns, which had always confused me too!

It is just an ordinary electronics solder, and I just used lead-free solder to make it safe to wear against the skin. The joint seems as sturdy as the rest of the soldered areas, but take into account that solder isn't really the sturdiest of materials haha. Since I destroyed three of them, I played around with them a little and found that it wasn't really all that hard to twist and pry off the soldered copper, which is kind of a bummer.
lindapendant
Dec. 25th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
They are fantastic.

My mind went immediately to 'What if you soldered a bunch of them together and hung it in a window!' Like stained glass?

That would be awesome.
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 26th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
That WOULD be! What a pretty piece of stained glass that would make with flowers and colors! I actually have some extra multicolored glass pieces, I just might have to steal your idea :D
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deboranter
Dec. 25th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
very nice. i enjoyed both your story and the final product.
o_felix_culpa
Dec. 26th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Why thank you kindly :)
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