Designing and Making Jewelry Thank you for visiting my Jewelry Designs. Most pieces are a mixture of 18k gold, silver, brass and copper plated findings which give the pins their 3-dimensional look. Metals that tarnish are not used, so all my pieces will stay bright with a cotton cloth wiping. A lot of the finishes are "antiqued" to give the finding an older feel. ALL PINS OR BROOCHES ARE ALSO PENDANTS I begin my work by soldering on the base a pin and bale. The bale is the loop that a chain can go through to wear as a pendant. Everything is dipped for cleaning and readied for the Topical Theme choice. I incorporate vintage parts along with new unique components that reflect a certain Theme such as Cats, Travel, Nurses, Hearts, etc. I have about 110 different Themes I design. This is done in layers with either a background of leaves or stars or solid big pieces. The top layer is the Theme itself. I spend a whole day on one theme so my thought process is focused on that subject. Finally, the piece is finished with seed pearls and/or crystals to give it a polished classy look. A lot of the pins have hanging charms to give movement and draw the eyes. Each piece is a unique one-of-a-kind work of miniature art that is definitely a conversation starter.