How I make my silver leaves
I am often asked how my silver leaves are made. So last time I created one I took some photos of the process, which you can see below.
It all starts with a drawing on paper. I attach the drawing to a sheet of raw silver, and then I use a small saw to saw the frame of the leaf. I use a drill to drill a hole inside the leaf where I can insert the saw so I can also saw the inside of the frame without having to cut the frame itself.
I have two stamps that I always put on all my jewelry, the 925 stamp for Sterling silver and my manufacturer stamp MGA, which is registered with the Swedish state’s metal control authority SWEDAC. I stamp those onto the leaf with a hammer.
After the sawing the leaf has a lot of rough and uneven edges. I file it for a long time with files of different shapes and size to get the form absolutely right. After the filing I use emery cloth to get it really smooth.
I then start cutting silver thread for the nerves. On this leaf I used thicker thread (0,8 mm) for the three central nerves and thinner thread (0,6 mm) for the rest. I use pliers of different types to cut and shape the nerves.

Now is the most funny part: I solder the nerves onto the leaf using a torch. I use flux to prevent the parts I solder from oxidization, and I clean the leaf now and then in hot citric acid to remove oxide, which otherwise prevents successful soldering.

After all the soldering is finished I usually discover some solder that has flown where it should not, and I remove that with files or emery cloth. I then use the grinding machine to remove all scratches from the surface of the leaf.

Now the leaf is almost finished. I heat and then clean the leaf in citric acid about three times in a row. This makes the silver more white and then it takes much longer before it starts getting black when someone wears the jewelry. As the very last step I polish the leaf in my polishing machine to make it really nice and shiny.
So here we are finally: The finished product! Of course photographed in my garden on a leaf!