This soldered quartz crystal brooch is my favorite new DIY – I used a micro torch to make it wearable. I’ve been fascinated with crystals lately – each one is so unique, and because of that, radiates a one-of-a-kind energy. Just like people.
I currently have a few quartz crystals on display in my home, and I’ve even given some to friends. Quartz crystals are believed to bring good energy because they are old and even considered living things. After researching more about quartz crystals, I learned that carrying and even wearing one can open one’s mind to and heart to higher realms.
And they are so pretty because they radiate so much light! One micro torch DIY project coming right up! Rather than go for a necklace, I decided on soldering my lovely quartz crystal into a brooch. I pulled out all my soldering supplies, including my Bernzomatic Micro Torch. I’m a Bernzomatic Torch Bear brand ambassador, so every month I come up with a DIY idea for all of us to try!
Supplies to make a soldered quartz crystal brooch
Gloves and goggles
Copper tape, burnishing tool
Quartz crystal – you can decide what kind of shape you want. Maybe a single crystal or a cluster like I used.
Use an alcohol wipe to clean off your crystal, let dry.
Wrap the bottom with copper tape, and burnish it so the tape is as flush as possible to the surface.
Coat the copper tape with flux.
Put on your goggles and gloves. Insert the crystal in a clamp or two. This is the tricky part because the crystal is odd-shaped and it’ll roll around on you. The camps help a lot!
Ignite the micro torch according to the package directions. What I love about this micro torch is that is runs on butane. There’s no electrical cord to get in your way. I also like the sharp pointy tip because it helps to get into the small grooves. I added a glob of solder then used the torch to glide it along the edges. Be patient and take your time!
Lastly, solder on a pin pack and then wear your brooch loud and proud!
From the Bernzomatic site:
“Find Your Fire. There’s a fire in each of us. Waiting to ignite. We believe in carrying the torch ignited by our founder in 1876—whose quality craftsmanship and progressive mindset are what blazed the trail that got us here today. We believe in awakening the innovators in all of us—inspiring a culture of creators who can break boundaries, mark new territory and go where no flame has burned before. We believe in empowering those who’ve found their flame and dare to follow it. Because the ones who do are the catalysts of bold transformations that redefine the limits of what we can achieve. We believe in our fire and in your fire. It’s time to ignite.”
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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