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Altered Art Glass Slide Jewelry

Take a look at a step by step altered art project where you convert microscope slides into beautiful pieces of jewelry.

by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)

What you need

microscope slides
glass cleaner
small clamps
jump ring
copper foil tape
flux
brush for flux
lead free solder
1"x3" decorative paper
art project
and bone tool.

Instructions

Tips
1) Silver solder will polish to a nice sheen

2) Microscope slides can be purchased through your vet or online.

3) You may use a glass cutter and make smaller pendants .

4) Glue a pin back to top center for brooch with jewelry glue.

5) Clean both sides of glass for better foil tape adhesion.

Start

Clean both sides of glass for better foil tape adhesion.

Choose what will be displayed in your pendant. I like to put together miniature crazy quilts. This is a great way to share your handiwork.

A typical glass slide measures 1″x 3″. Cut your insert to that size.

Cut a decorative paper backing to hide unattractive stitching.

Sandwich your artwork and backing paper between two cleaned microscope slides and wrap with copper foil tape.

Make sure 1/3 of copper foil tape adheres to glass on both sides. I go around twice with the tape.

Using bone tool, press foil firmly all around edges, and front and back. This keeps the flux from flowing into your art piece.

If using a jump ring to accept chain or cord,secure it to top center by pressing a small piece of foil tape and press firmly.

Brush Flux on all surfaces of foil tape. Flux allows solder to flow and adhere metal to metal.

I use small clamps to hold my project while soldering to avoid burning fingers as glass gets very HOT! I solder the top first then work my way around all sides. I then solder front and back.

If you do not care for the silver solder appearance you may color it with a gold paint pen . Apply clear sealer or nail polish to seal and prevent color wear.

This project was contributed by Pat Winters

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