I recently got my start from a class I took at Maui Community College with Iris Sandkuhler http://www.sandkuhler.com/index.html. She is excellent at explaining all the steps it takes to make beautiful silver jewelry with extra care given on how to do it safely. We start by learning how to make basic rings and fused loops using .999 fine silver that are hammered and then polished with a polishing cloth. She has a great book that you can order from her website.
I had to order almost all my supplies online since Maui is very limited and expensive. Some things I purchased on Amazon which was great since they offer free shipping on $25.00 up, some of the things I had to purchase are very heavy. Like this bracelet mandrel.
|Bracelet Mandrel, very heavy!|
|Soft Kiln Brick and cross-lock tweezers.|
|Torch and butane|
Some of the other tools I use:
|Steel bench block, ring mandrel, texturing hammer, hole punch.|
|Pliers and cutters for working with the silver.|
|The silver comes in coils and you buy it by the weight, or foot.|
|Fashionable head gear.|
So these are some of the beautiful things I have made in a pretty short time and I sell them on my Etsy website
|Earrings with the fused loops.|
|I'm really excited about all the possibilities!|
Here is a little video on youtube I found that shows fusing. Link