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Sparkle Plenty

About this design:

I made these to give as gifts this year. A set of 12 crystal chandelier pieces are very inexpensive on Amazon. I added silver solder tinning around the edges of the one on the right...for an additional antique look. Then, add all the bling-bling you want for some pretty sparkle for the Christmas tree, in a window, or to hang on the rear-view mirror.

Components:

18 gauge silver plated wire, crystals and glass beads.



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  1. jdtt
    jdtt says:

    So lovely! I would hang them in my window…

  2. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Beautiful! I’d love these as a suncatcher as well.

  3. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    These are wonderful! I’ve always wanted to do that with solder. How do you do it exactly? Should I just YouTube it? These are so cool. I too would use them as suncatchers, it would make me sad to pack them away after each Christmas.

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    Moogie says:

    You are too cool Lynda!! I love that you lined your own crystal with silver. I’m with Khristin—now I need to know how to do that! I haven’t been brave enough to learn soldering but this will be my year to learn more metalwork. I would also keep these out all year either as suncatchers or fan pulls or to hang in my home somewhere. They are so pretty:)

  5. S KatollakaSue
    S KatollakaSue says:

    Wonderful!

  6. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    I’m also intrigued by the idea of learning how to solder. It sure adds that certain something to these marvelous sun catcher charms. They are so pretty!

  7. kye
    kye says:

    Very cool. I would definately love to hang one in the window.

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    Fresh Baked says:

    Love the idea of hanging these in windows and tree branches in a garden tool
    Here’s a link to my pinterest board for tin soldering tutorials and ideas.
    https://www.pinterest.com/lyndac/soldering-iron-tutorialsideas/

    It’s not a cheap technique…the soldering iron was about 70 dollars, Also need flux, jewelry grade silver solder, copper tape.
    I’m interested in seeing others post about this technique.

  9. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    I have copper tape, silver solder paste (it has the flux already in it, I bought it like that to make certain tasks easier) and a soldering iron. Will ANY soldering iron work?

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    Moogie says:

    I’ve looked at several videos & what I’ve seen are people using their torch. I haven’t seen the soldering iron used. I think I’ll need more education! Thanks for the links Lynda.

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    Fresh Baked says:

    Sorry for the confusion. The ones that show melting solderwith a torch. is for stamping a design when the solder is still molten. A video that shows the tinning technique is this one…http://marie-lostbirdstudio.bl.....dants.html
    No torch for this, but a soldering iron. The silver solder comes on a spool and looks like very thick wire. I purchased mine at a stain glass arts store, but you might find it on Amazon. Look for jewelry grade, no lead solder.

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