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Making an Amethyst Ring

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Thursday, April 7, 2016, In : Rings 
I thought I would post some progress shots as I make another amethyst ring. You can see here my faceted amethyst cabochon, 20g silver sheet, gallery wire and 1.6mm silver wire oval ring. 



I prepare the gallery wire and oval ring by sanding the bottoms flat on 400 grit emery paper. Everything then gets assembled. I find it easier soldering everything at once. Occasionally I need to go back and add some more solder if there are gaps anywhere around the edge of the oval wire ring. You will notice...
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On My Bench Today

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, In : Rings 
I have been thinking for a while about making wide ring bands by layering rings with different texture together so today I tried a few ways of preparing the rings for soldering. I had in mind holding the rings together with binding wire and adding the solder chips between the rings on the inside of the ring to solder. I couldn't seem to get that to work though. The rings wouldn't stay securely in place despite tightening the binding wire as much as possible.What I finally did was place tiny h...
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On my bench this week!

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Thursday, May 14, 2015, In : Stone Setting 
It has been a creative week in the studio. I received some gorgeous labradorite teardrops recently and made this ring a few weeks ago. Earrings and a pendant design started to emerge in my head.



I made some fine silver balls and stamped them with these flower images to use as embellishments for the earrings and pendant. Dental floss is a must when checking the fit of the stones!




It has taken me a long time to be confident about soldering posts onto the back of earrings. I am sorry I didn't take...
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Soldering Journey Part 3

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : Soldering 

Part 3 15 August 2012

My challenge for last weekend was to jump in the deep end and solder bezel settings onto rings. I had done some practice soldering rings from copper but hadn't tried using more expensive metal so I started off my adventure using 8g half round sterling silver wire and made a number of rings for myself.

What I really wanted to do though was solder a bezel setting onto a ring. I had a few purchased bezel settings so I thought I would prefer to ruin them rat...


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My Soldering Journey Part 2

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : Soldering 

Part 2 August 2012

I chose a poppy jasper and morrisonite cabochon for this piece.

I designed on paper then made a template out of cardboard

including the jump rings, to check balance, size and appearance.



I textured the round piece of silver plate using a hammer then decided I preferred

it plain. My solution was to use this as a feature on the back of the piece instead.



The silver plate was fil...


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My Soldering Journey Part 1

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : Soldering 

Part 1 ~ 24th July 2012

The thing I love about jewellery making is that there is so much more to learn. I am 54 years old and I figure I have at least 20 more years of good eye sight, hands that work and a brain that can follow instruction left. That is an awesome amount of time for creativity, new discovery and exploration.

So today is the beginning...Soldering is my new challenge and I was excited to read in Lapidary Journal Dec 2009 Helen Driggs advice to practice making the four bas...


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