I made this for my sister-in-law, Nancy, and am thinking of making one for me for the lapel of my heavy winter coat! The microscope slides (I buy mine from http://www.microscope-depot.com/) used for this project are not the standard 1x3, but a bit smaller: 1"x1-7/8" (24mm x 50mm). This Lockhart bud vase stamp is perfect for this size microscope glass. For those that know me, I am afraid of heights and cutting glass...so these pre-cut slides are a blessing for me! For my soldering tool, I used a butane powered soldering gun from Lenk - no cord to get in the way! For a little more information on soldering, please refer to my post here. Stamped image onto white cardstock, colored in with Copic markers, soldered & bam! Instant gift. Hope Aunt Nancy likes it! Happy Holidays everyone!! Lockhart bud vase stamp; Papertrey Ink white cardstock; Palette Noir pad; Copic markers; soldering equipment (iron, solder, flux, copper tape - see post); headpin, Swarovski red crystal, Bali bead, bead cap, closed jumpring (all sterling silver components).