Flush Settings

June 22, 2014

I was inspired by Doug Napier's blog last week, http://jewelrymonk.com/2014/06/13/day-13-small-bezels-setting/
I did a flush setting rather than a bezel setting into a piece of square wire and discovered a trick that I have never thought of before. It worked a treat! In a flush setting, the stone sits a little lower in the metal than in a bezel setting. I was a having trouble filing a few scratches around the setting (it is very small!!!) so decided to paint the CZ with nail varnish so I could running the metal over 600 and 1000 grit emery paper and check when I was getting too close to the stone. I was able to get the scratches out and I still had a painted CZ at the end. The nail polish came off easily with acetone.

 

Today's Inspiration

May 23, 2014
Gosh, my blogging ability is appalling. It has been too long since I have been here :(

My inspiration for this week has been this piece of Zen:


No 5 is the one calling me this week. Today I did just that - put a bit of space between things and I feel joyous and the creative juices are flowing.

My daughter has been home from her singing job travelling the world and she always inspires me. She has taken back a few of my pieces including this hematite ring:



I felt so inspired I made myself a turquo...
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My Stone Setting Course 2014

April 18, 2014
My nine week stone setting course is now over and I thought I might post some photos of the projects we did:

  1. I think one of the most valuable thing I learned from this course was making my own tools to suit each job.



  2. This was the first ring, a sterling silver casting with a single stone setting. The scariest part of this setting was cutting the channel inside the setting with a hart bur. We soon became very proficient at using these burs. The plus side of cutting a channel rather than a seat f...

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My Inspiration for today 04/05/13

May 3, 2013


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Discovering Etching

April 23, 2013

Here it is!!!! After much trial and error (and lots of frustration thrown into the chemical mix), here is my first successful etched piece. Unfortunately I only have this photo taken with my phone, so the clarity is poor.



And after polishing...




I am so happy with the final result :)


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Clever ways to keep your chain from tangling.

April 16, 2013

My checkout lady at my local supermarket shared this great tip. Cut a piece of straw and thread it onto your chain, then do up the clasp. This is great for travelling. Pop your chain in a snap lock bag or draw string organza bag and you will never have to worry about knots in your chain again.

The second great idea that I use in my studio for storing many chains comes from Andrew Berry from At The Bench. Pop your chain in a small zip lock bag leaving a small tail of chain dangling out of t...


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My inspiration for today...

April 15, 2013
“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that ...
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Hanging above my computer in my study...

March 13, 2013


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The Way I Work ~ at the moment it is chain maille!!!

February 7, 2013

It dawned on me today that the way I work is to explore an idea until I can do no more, then I move on until the next inspiration comes. At the moment I am playing with chain maille ideas. I have really enjoyed chain maille right throughout my years of jewellery making but especially now that I am cutting my own rings.



I made this one recently. I had some soldered rings left over from a custom order so incorporated them into a byzantine weave. 

The weave I found the most difficult was Jen's ...


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One Day You Will Wake Up...

February 3, 2013
A good reminder. It has stirred me to make time in my studio each day rather than just hoping there will be time.


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