I love soldering microscope slide pendants, but I wanted to try something different. So for this month’s Bernzomatic project, I went for it! Rather than seal the picture under glass, I soldered around the slide and turned it into a bezel, then added my pictures and filled it with resin!
You can make these any shape, simply cut the microscope slides to your desired shape!
Bernzomatic ST500: 3 in 1 Micro Torch
Bernzomatic Lead-Free Solder Wire & Flux
Fire brick (or other heat-resistant surface)
Papers (I used Ken Brown’s Loteria; and Pan Dulce Collection from Crystal Domi Designs)
Prep your glass, clean it, then wrap with the copper tape, burnish it nice and smooth, then coat with a layer of flux. After that, per the package directions and wearing your gloves and goggles, fire up the solder iron and solder around the copper tape.
When you solder, you want to keep the exhaust hole at the top of the tool up and away from the slide and you! If it gets too close to the glass it will cause a crack. Yup, I learned this by experience! To make the hanging portion, I used wire bent into a hook, and applied copper tape on the end and soldered it at the top of each pendant. It helps to use clips to hold your slide steady.
NOTE: Really pile on the solder to create a deep well to create your bezel! The more solder, the more items you can fill it with!
Important: Coat your image with paper sealer or white craft glue, seal the edges so the resin doesn’t seep underneath.
Mix the two-part resin and let it set for about 10 minutes so all the gas bubbles rise to the top and pop. Then carefully apply a tiny blob inside the bezel. Let it cure for about 12-16 hours.
There you go! Oh! Make sure to add a picture on both sides, even if you only fill one side with resin. It’s cool to have pictures no matter what way you wear it
These came out awesome, I’m excited to make more!
Thanks for reading!
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Thanks so much for checking out my project!
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Bernzomatic. All ideas, opinions, and the excitement to work with this new art genre are 100% my own.
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