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Metal Prong Challenge


You’ve probably noticed, I’m loving the new Artisan Whimsy site… the challenges are really good fun!

The metal team has issued the Metal prong Challenge, and as this type of setting is something I’ve never done before I thought I’d have a bash. I had some pieces of copper already etched so I decided to chop one of these up to make a backing for one of my ceramic cabochons.  I love it that with all the different things I’ve tried over the years, I’m now at a point where I can make a complete piece of jewellery from start to finish. The end result is far from perfect, but luckily I like the arts & craft/rustic style 😉

For the prongs, I used 2mm copper wire (coz I’m a bit of a wimp and thought they’d be more difficult to make a mess of) and set them on the backing in a similar way to the tutorial on the site (check out the post here) I did mine, slightly differently to the way they showed as I didn’t have any rivets, so just sawed the wire flat and soldered straight on to the backing.

The prongs hold on to one of my ceramic face cabs, and sit above a bezel set amethyst cab. I decided to file the face of the prongs, as the wire was so thick it really stood out and didn’t look right, then when everything was set, it was patinated and polished, and strung on a silk cord with Czech glass, copper and grey stone beads.

Thanks to the Metal Team for setting the challenge. I’ve learned quite a lot taking part, (mainly what not to do!) and I hope to use this style of setting in the future in more designs.

If you’d like to take a look at what others in the challenge have done, here’s a link to their blogs…


The Beading Yogini,

Caroline Dewison, BlueBerri Beads,

Pam Farren,

Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry,

Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments,

Gina Hockett, Freestyle Elements,

Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy,

Lisa Laffend,

Laura Medeiros.

Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things,

Melissa Muir, Melissa Muir Jewelry,

Melinda Orr, Melinda Orr Designs,

Julie Panusis,

Mary Ellen Parker,

Staci Louise Smith, Staci Louise Originals,

Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame,

Jo Tinley, Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery,

Francesca Watson, Francesca Watson Designs,

Jean Wells,

Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs,

20 thoughts on “Metal Prong Challenge

  1. I love the contrast of your beautiful face against the shape and color you’ve achieved in the etched backing. The elongation really accentuates the cab.

  2. Thanks Mary. I’ve really enjoyed the whole process!

    Thanks Staci… Great minds think alike 😉

    And Thank you Gale, the shape was an accident, I had some long pieces etched for cuffs and found one of my cabs to fit, it all worked out quite well in the end! 🙂

  3. What a beautiful peaceful piece. I love it. Love the textured background and the extra little jewel at the bottom. It is just beautiful. This was a fantastic challenge. Great job!


  4. That is lovely. I love that you made this from start to finish and just happened to have all the gorgeousness lying around! I have never tried this technique before but all this beauty is prompting me to find a space on my table for some metal work! Enjoy the day. Erin

  5. Thank you all… I really appreciate the kind comments! Erin… I have tons of stuff lying around, I don’t think my husband would agree with your description of it tho 😉

  6. Oh this is a lovely piece!! There’s projects I like, and then those that make me think “I would totally wear that”…and this is one I’d stash for myself 🙂 I LOOOOVE the etched copper, great idea for a backing. And the extra accent of the small amethyst balances it perfectly!

  7. I also soldered mine to the back… that is how I have always done mine. You did a great job and I love the touch of the little amethyst at the bottom. <3


  8. Very pretty! I love the colors all together, too. You’re making me want to learn to etch copper, lol!

  9. What a creative piece! The etched background really sets it off, as well as the amethyst accent. It’s perfectly my style also, could see myself wearing this many times.

  10. Thank you Susan, Dawn, Melissa, Francesca, Lisa, Heidi & Gina for your lovely comments! I really appreciate all your kind words! x

  11. Thank you Kumi, Birgitta & Cece 🙂 It’s a great feeling Cece! I love creating, my minds on overload at the moment!

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