Making jewelry is a very old form of art passed down from fathers to their children. Even during ancient times, men and women have adorned their bodies with decorative pieces of silver, gem, carved bone, and gold. Gold is a precious metal that has been long preferred in jewelry making because it does not tarnish very easily and is very malleable. It is also very rare, improving the value of the jewelry.
Creating beautiful pieces of jewelry out of 14 karat gold could be very intimidating. However, when done right, you can save so much money by making your own pieces of jewelry rather than buying them from retailers. In this article, you will learn the process of creating hand-made, 14 karat gold jewelry. Who knows? You could be making a lot of extra cash from this worthwhile hobby.
- Design the jewelry you want to make. Decide on what kind of jewelry you would like to create. Get ideas on possible looks for your ring, bracelet, earring, necklace, or any other piece you plan to make. You can look up examples of handmade jewelry on the Internet. Just type “handmade jewelry” and “gold” on any search engine and you will be able to access thousands of jewelry inspirations.
- Gather your jewelry making equipment and supplies. If you plan to make this project into a profitable hobby, it is advisable that you purchase good quality tools. You can buy jewelers tool kit from many online shops. You will also need to buy some basic 14k gold findings depending on what kind of jewelry you will be making. Find a good supplier of split rings, jump rings, spacers, clasps, chains and other possible components. You can search on the Internet to find a supplier for all your jewelry making needs. Just be sure to read reviews and testimonies to be able to find a reputable retailer who will supply you with genuine 14k gold.
- Make a wax mold. Before beginning your project, make sure that you follow several safety precautions. You will be working with molten metal and it is advisable to wear protective gear. Pull back your hair with a band or hair net and remove any accessories that could cause accidents such as necklaces or dangling earrings. To make identical halves in your mold, cut the wax in half. File the surface of the wax to make it smooth. Set one piece aside. Using a utility knife of a sturdy razor, etch the pattern of your jewelry on the wax. If you have an actual piece of jewelry that you want to replicate, simply lay it down on the softened wax and press down firmly until you have made a perfect impression.
- Melt the 14k gold. You need to use a heat-resistant crucible for this process. A graphite crucible is the most practical buy for beginners. Position the crucible on a fireproof working area. Place the gold in the crucible and melt it using a hand torch. Add a small amount of flux on your gold then completely cover the metal with the flame from your torch. Move around the melting gold with a glass stirring rod.
- Form your 14k jewelry. As soon as the gold has melted, quickly but carefully transfer it into the mold. Make sure that you cover the entire impression. Put the halves of the mold together and mount it on a clamp. You can also place it beneath a heavy object to ensure that it is sealed tightly. Let the gold cool for an hour or so.
- Finish your homemade jewelry. Remove the gold jewelry from your mold. Make it shiny by applying a thin coat of gold polish and buffing it with a fine, clean cloth. Attach any necessary finishing and embellishments.
Because working with gold can get quite expensive, it is a good idea to
attend a jewelry making class or workshop before attempting to conduct
the project on your own. It would also be advisable to consult a
goldsmith or an experienced jeweler regarding your technique and