I want to make a couple of sterling silver tie pins, they will
have an embossed motif soldered onto them, but the basic design
will otherwise resemble a money clip.
In other words a strip of metal bent into an elongated U shape.
I was thinking of putting a reverse curve on one end of the clip
to help it grip a bit more firmly. To harden the clip I was going
to barrel it for an hour or so, but obviously I can’t do this
with the embossed design attached as it will erode the design
So the question is, how do I construct this? Should I barrel the
clips and then rivet the motif on, or is there another way to
harden the clip without placing it in the barrel? I’m very much a
beginner, I have made perhaps 10 finished pieces so far, so this
is a first attempt at this type of construction. If I’m going
about this completely the wrong way then it would be helpful to
know at an early (planning) stage.
The embossing will be done using a form which I am going to
first etch and then cut part of the design away giving a 3D
effect with a lightly detailed background. I thought I’d use
steel to make this form, since I want to use it about a dozen
Any advice would be welcome.