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Rustic River Pendant
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Rustic River Pendant Wednesday, August 2, 9:00 AM  
Deryn Mentock $145  
This workshop is 6 hours.

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Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Jewelry, Metal-working, Soldering, Tools

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There's a river in Wyoming, high up in the Big Horn Mountains. Its turns and twists have tumbled down wild, through the ages. In my corner of the river, a tangled willow patch twines in on itself, right down to the water's edge. This place is the inspiration for my Rustic River Pendant.

I've acquired a batch of glorious ocean kyanite crystals, from a source in Australia, that I'll be sharing in class. I'll provide each student with one river-colored kyanite beauty (some are large, some are smaller), or you can bring a stone of your own. The schist and shine of these ocean kyanites reminds me of the surface of moving water. You'll set your stone in a channel of silver with a heavy, soldered post at one end, and balled silver studs, at the other. I'll show you how to add a rustic texture, and patina, to your metal that will give it an "excavated" look.

The beautiful circular elements for our pendant were inspired by the entangled, riverside willow patch. You'll be shaping and soldering your own "willow" bail then work on the other components, links and toggle clasp, as time allows. These components, especially the toggle clasp, are truly gorgeous.

In class, we'll cover annealing, hardening, shaping, filing, texturing, balled wire, soldering and finishing. I'll provide each student with a generous length of wire silver solder for stick soldering. If you've never done silver soldering before, this class is a great introduction to that skill. All of the techniques you'll learn in this class are easily transferable to your other projects.

Please email me with questions (See below).

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $35 includes:
  • 1 ocean kyanite stone
  • Deerskin leather lace
  • 2 feet silver solder
  • Sterling square wire
  • Flux
  • Baking soda

Instructor Provided (for use in-class, and to share):

  • Soldering blocks
  • Soldering picks
  • Tweezers
  • Trays
  • Pliers
  • Pickle and pickle pot
  • Tongs
  • 0000 steel wool
  • Torches
  • Fuel
  • Patina
  • Gloves
  • Bezel pusher/burnisher
  • Safety glasses
  • Paper towels
  • Texture hammers and tools
  • Hole punch pliers
  • Wrap-n-Tap forming pliers, large size
  • Polishing tool and tips
  • Use of other tools and supplies

Student should bring:

  • 26 gauge sterling silver sheet (copper is acceptable) 4 x 6 inches, approx.
  • 4 feet, 18 gauge, dead soft round sterling wire (copper is acceptable)
  • 3 feet, 20 gauge, dead soft round sterling wire (copper is acceptable)
  • 2 feet, 20 or 22 gauge, dead soft round sterling wire (copper is acceptable) for dangle and links. Note: please bring whichever gauge fits the beads you intend to use. See photos.
  • Beads for links and top drilled bead for dangle: see photos.
  • Flat-nose jewelry pliers
  • Round-nose jewelry pliers
  • Chain-nose jewelry pliers
  • Flush cutter wire snips (diagonal cutters): (Click here)
  • Round-face jewelry hammer (bring a small one, if you have it)
  • Deadblow hammer or rawhide mallet
  • Steel bench block
  • Bench pillow (or hand towel) for use under bench block
  • Metal shears (Click here)
  • Metal file #2, med.
  • Foam sanding block, fine grit
  • Manicure pad or stick for polishing
  • Fine-point Sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Battery operated work light -- Required


  • Wrap-n-Tap forming pliers, large size (Click here)
  • Ear plugs

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to:
call: 602-956-0189