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Learn to shape a fine silver component into ovals and squares with this technique.
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Fine Silver Component (14 Gauge Fine Silver shown)
Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
1 in. Chasing Hammer - optional
Rock Tumbler, single 3 lb capacity - optional
Learn how to cut fine silver rings for fusing before you begin
Learn how to fuse a fine silver component before you begin.
Read through our Fusing FAQ before you begin.
Oval - Start off with a fused fine silver component. In steps 1-6 we are going to show you how to make an oval shape.
Oval - Place the tips of your round nose pliers inside of the fused ring.
Oval - Gently release the grip of your pliers, so your ring does not slip. The further towards the tip you place your ring the skinnier the oval will be.
Oval - Make sure that your round nose pliers are centered in the ring.
Oval - Pull the round nose pliers open until you get an oval shape.
Oval - Congratulations! You now have an oval shaped fine silver component. To finish your component please reference our Flattening a Fused Component, Texturing a Fused Component or Using a Rock Tumbler.
Square - Start off with a fused fine silver component. In steps 7-14 we are going to show you how to make a square shape. Using a Sharpie, mark four spots that are equal distance from each other.
Square - Place your chain nose pliers in between the Sharpie marks.
Square - Using your chain nose pliers, start to flatten the section in between the Sharpie marks.
Square - Working back and forth between the two Sharpie marks continue flattening one side.
Square - Repeat Steps 8-10 for the second side.
Square - Repeat Steps 8-10 for the third side.
Square - Repeat Steps 8-10 for the forth side. After you have flattened all four sides you may want to go back over your component and refine your corners.
Square - Congratulations! You now have a square shaped fine silver component. You can clean off the Sharpie marks with rubbing alcohol. To finish your component please reference our Flattening a Fused Component, Texturing a Fused Component or Using a Rock Tumbler.